Each day, new research discoveries are being made about our brains and minds that can help people improve mental health and potentially avoid experiencing a mental health condition.
That’s why Prevention United will bring you the latest research news from Australia and around the world to keep you on top of what’s happening and enable you to learn about new ways to improve your mental wellbeing.
April, 2019 - Rapidly increasing internet use may lower mental wellbeing in today's youth
Chapter 5 of the 2019 World Happiness Report, titled The Sad State of Happiness in the United States and the Role of Digital Media, looks at the consequences of digital use, and especially social media, for the happiness of young people in the United States. It shows a stark recent trend of rising internet use alongside falling wellbeing measures such as sleep, social interaction and happiness. The researchers conclude that "the large amount of time adolescents spend interacting with electronic devices may have direct links to unhappiness and/or may have displaced time once spent on more beneficial activities, leading to declines in happiness."
October, 2018 - Young people respond well to the great outdoors
An RCT run by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute shows that camps and outdoor education programs can lead to improved mental health and wellbeing in young people
October, 2018 - Unsettled sleep may indicate a mental health condition in development
Severely unsettled sleep in infancy could be an early indicator of a mental health problem in some children, according to new research conducted at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Reinforces the need to start thinking about mental health early in life, and give parents adequate support for their own mental wellbeing.
July, 2018 - Have we underestimated how common mental health conditions really are?
Interesting findings from the longstanding Dunedin study that only 17% of respondents had not experienced a diagnosable mental health condition, at least briefly, by middle age.
May, 2018 - Is ADHD on the decline?
ADHD may have become less prevalent among children in the years between 1998 and 2014, according to a study published by Professor Michael Sawyer, head of Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Adelaide.
April, 2018 - Learning about tertiary students from tertiary students
Why are so many young people experiencing such low levels of mental wellbeing and such high levels of psychological distress? Today is Headspace day and, if the data from their National Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey are correct, then over a million young Australians are likely to be experiencing depression, anxiety or some other mental health condition. Alarmingly, the survey of over 4,000 young people aged 12-25 years found that one in three young Australians were experiencing high to very high levels of psychological distress – an indicator of a possible mental health condition. While we clearly need to provide immediate assistance to all young people experiencing psychological distress, we also urgently need to understand and tackle the root causes of these issues if we're serious about improving the lives of young people. Prevention and treatment need to occur side-by-side.