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How to prepare your children for change

Change is an inevitable part of life and helping children learn to become resilient is important. Children's early experience of change is an opportunity for parents to teach adaptive coping skills and avoid over compensating when things aren't perfect.

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Dads' mental health and family happiness

While research shows most dads are faring well and feeling good about their parenting, just under 20% have experienced mental health issues such as symptoms of depression or anxiety, highlighting the importance of supporting fathers in their role.

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Physical discipline and parent attitudes

A Royal Children’s Hospital poll has found a significant proportion of Australian parents hold attitudes and beliefs in support of physical discipline, but at the same time the vast majority use positive tactics to promote children's good behaviour.

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Six steps for parenting ‘Alpha children’

While all young children are somewhat ego driven, for some families the problem of who's in charge goes a lot further than that. Clinical counsellor Dr Deborah MacNamara says there are a group of "Alpha children” who can make parenting a challenge.

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Brain scans predict variations in ADHD

Using neuroimaging techniques, The Children’s Attention Project at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, has found that distinct brain patterns can help explain variations in the way children present with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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How mental health impacts on learning

Some children start school with anxieties or behaviour problems, making it hard for them to focus on learning in the classroom. Australian researchers have found a link between the mental health of five year olds and their ability to learn at school.

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Helping children express gender identity

Some parents may find children's confronting gender questions difficult to answer. Professor of Psychiatry Louise Newman urges parents not to panic or be cross, but to keep the conversation going, ensuring children never feel guilty or ashamed.

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The role of childhood comfort objects

While they are formally known as transitional objects, a child's favourite blankie, toy or comfort object is a side effect of their broader developmental need - a companion to talk to, to go to sleep with, or eat with when separating from their parents.

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