Youth mental health is a big issue, but for parents, youth workers, families and friends, the little things you say and do can make the biggest difference.
Finishing school carries a lot of stress for teenagers. Where they’ve had some depression, anxiety or other mental ill-health, Year 12 can be too much.
What started as a weight loss goal became a journey of self-care. 20kg later, and its not just my body that’s changed, but my whole life.
Burnout is part of the job in the helping professions. School chaplains and youth workers need to be vigilant in spotting the signs.
Coping skills are those things we do to manage stress and anxiety. Sometimes they help us and sometimes they don’t. The trick is to find strategies that not only help you cope with a crisis, but carry you to through it as well.
A midlife crisis sounds like a rite of passage, about the time we face the emptying nest and menopause. But there are points in life when circumstances force us to look deeper at what we do with our time, energy and money. And rather than having a crisis, it might be time to pivot.