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What to do if your teen is self harming

What to do if your teen is self harming

It can be very confronting to learn that your teen is self harming - that is, they are deliberately hurting themselves. The term 'self harm' is now generally referred to as "non-suicidal self-injury" or NSSI. It's a really important distinction, because it reminds us...

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Yesterday a young friend alerted me to a teen 'support' group that she belongs to. The group is mostly Aussie girls - a few boys, some kids from other countries, but mostly Australian teen girls. The group is a place for them to ask the kinds of questions they are not...

Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

This article lists help for teens in Australia, but if you, or someone you know, are in crisis and urgently need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. If you are in immediate danger, call 000 right now. List of crisis help for teens in...

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Is there anything more frustrating than other kids' parents? I mean, we are each others' biggest support, but so often our biggest hurdle too. It makes my blood boil when other kids' parents let them do really stupid things. Because then my kid wants to do them too. I...

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“I can’t face the anxiety when lockdown ends”

“I can’t face the anxiety when lockdown ends”

My name is Sarah and I have anxiety. Saying it like that doesn't seem enough. People often have anxiety and many more have found themselves experiencing it for the first time, during these terrible times. It doesn't seem like enough. Not nearly enough.  If this...

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

While everyone is very keen to get back to 'normal' schooling, reduced classroom attendance can also offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some reading. Margot Hillel, Professor of Children's Literature at the Australian Catholic University, has prepared a...

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

Next week, across Australia, kids are due to return to the classroom. Most will go back one day a week, building up to five days by the end of the term (this varies from state to state and school to school - for example, at the time of writing, there is no date set...

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