Child mental health

Survey

7 Dec 2017

In 2017, for the first time in the survey’s history young people identified mental health as the most important issue in Australia today. Concerns about mental health have doubled since 2015 and tripled since 2011. Other top issues of national concern included alcohol and drugs...

Literature review

25 Sep 2017

This Evidence Check review examined evidence about when inpatient care is the most effective and appropriate form of care for children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental disorders.

The evidence is limited and synthesis is difficult given the small sample sizes and variability...

Evaluation

6 Sep 2017

This report presents findings of an evaluation of a healing program at the Murri School, which has has run since 2012. The program combines therapeutic intervention, service coordination, family case work, family camps, cultural and group activities, and (re)connection with educational and sporting activities. Among...

Report

Chapter

22 Aug 2017

Key findings

Rates of self-harm and suicidal behaviour are high among Australian teens. Among 14-15 year olds, one in ten reported that they had self-harmed in the previous 12 months, and 5% reported they had attempted suicide.

Girls appeared to be at...

Literature review

30 May 2017

Purpose of review

This literature review was commissioned in order to provide information on the relationship between poverty experienced during childhood and the impact that poverty may have on the mental health of a child or young person, or later in their adulthood....

Survey

19 May 2017

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) have published this report, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health, including a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s...

Research report

19 Apr 2017

This report analyses for the first time students’ motivation to perform well in school, their relationships with peers and teachers, their home life, and how they spend their time outside of school. The findings are based on a survey of 540,000 students in 72 participating...

Research report

18 Apr 2017

This report shows more young Australians are in psychological distress than five years ago, with almost one in four young people in 2016 meeting the criteria for probable serious mental illness and young females twice as likely as males to report high psychological distress....

Research report

10 Nov 2016

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) is an important Australian Government response to the above. This report summarises the work of ATSISPEP in expanding the evidence-base for what works in Indigenous community-led suicide prevention and is based on:

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Research report

10 Sep 2016

This national research project highlights the far-reaching impact of suicide as a public health issue in Australia.

Report recommendations

Increase community awareness about suicide prevention and educate communities on suicide and the broad spectrum of suicidal behaviours to help build capacity within...

Audio interview

Audio program

12 Aug 2016

On Wednesday, The Guardian released a slew of disturbing new examples of sexual abuse, self harm and appalling living conditions at Australia's immigration detention facility on Nauru. It's the largest ever cache of leaked documents from the island facility, with more than 2,000 incident reports...

Research report

5 Aug 2016

Royal Commissioner Margaret Nyland and her team looked at the laws, policies, practices and structures currently in place for children at risk of harm, abuse or neglect including those who are under the guardianship of the minister.

Individuals and organisations were invited to make...

Journal article

1 Jul 2016

Residential group-care workers have a critical role to play in recognizing mental health problems amongst children in their care. However, little is known about the extent to which workers recognize and respond to mental health and behavioral concerns.

A sample of 124 residential group...

Article

15 Jun 2016

This practice paper provides an overview of what we know from research about cognitive development in children who have experienced trauma, and provides principles to support effective practice responses to those children’s trauma.

Key messages: Children in care experience symptoms and difficulties associated with...

Chapter

31 May 2016

The schooling experiences of refugee background students prior to being resettled in Australia significantly shape their transitions into Australian schools. This chapter presents a case study of six young people from Sudanese refugee backgrounds. With a focus on discipline and student-teacher relationships, I argue that...

Evaluation

15 May 2016

Headspace aims to improve the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of young people in Australia through the provision of evidence-based, integrated, youth-centred and holistic services. In January 2013, the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) commissioned a consortium of researchers from the Social...

Research report

18 Feb 2016

It is the critical development of social and emotional skills during the early years of life that provides the foundation for life-long mental health. With support from families, communities and professionals, children can build strong skills and achieve their full potential.

Globally, the burden...

Research report

9 Dec 2015

Our Children Can’t Wait , provides an overview of progress made in the provision of much-needed mental health programs in Western Australia following the Commissioner’s 2011 Inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of WA children and young people, and makes twelve new recommendations....

Research report

21 Oct 2015

Shows an increase in the prevalence of probable mental illness among young females.

Introduction Adolescence can be an exciting time of life, but it is also the peak age of onset for many mental health disorders.This adds further complexity to an already challenging...

Research report

7 Aug 2015

FOREWORD

This report provides compelling reading for everyone interested in the health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents. Based on a survey conducted in the homes of over 6,300 families with children and/or adolescents aged 4 to 17 years, the report presents...