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What does a youth worker do?

12
Nov

Youth workers play an important role in helping to support, nurture and shape the future of youth within our communities. Jobs and Skills WA define a youth worker as someone who “helps young people develop the skills to make positive changes in their lives.” They do this by providing a range of services to youth […]

Working with people with alcohol and other drugs problems

06
Nov

Alcohol and other drugs are major causes of preventable diseases and illnesses in Australia. According to a recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), there is a strong link between problematic alcohol and other drug use and experiences of homelessness in Australia. Young people are especially vulnerable when it comes to […]

Top 5 tips for building a mentally healthy workplace

19
Oct

Workplace stress is a reality around the world. In a recent study, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) found that work-related stress around the world costs global society billions in direct and indirect costs annually (source: WFMH). And the ramifications go far deeper than the financial costs – the human costs of workplace stress can equate […]

Conscious parents and teachers

15
Oct

Profound and long-lasting impact of actions and words on children A plethora of research shows most adult behaviour problems are linked to childhood experiences. Recently I was at a seminar where the speaker a psychologist narrated a story about how a simple remark like “you are getting too big for your boots” from a teacher […]

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3 steps to providing mental health first-aid

08
Oct

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) suggests at least 1 in 4 adults will experience mental health difficulties at one time or another, but many will receive “little or no help” when in an emergency. In contrast, the majority of those with physical health difficulties will be offered physical health first-aid by the public […]

Are mental health patients the “poor cousins” of physical health patients?

28
Sep

It’s relatively straightforward for most doctors in Australia to treat someone with a physical health issue. A doctor will discuss symptoms, do a thorough check-up, make a diagnosis, and prescribe appropriate medication if necessary. But it seems many doctors struggle to effectively and respectfully treat those with mental health issues, as a recent memoir has […]

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How to break the stigma around mental illness in the workplace

25
Sep

More than 70% of people with mental illness actively hide their mental illness from others, with many of those doing so out of fear of discrimination when looking for or keeping a job, according to a recent report by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). Although mental illness is experienced to some degree by […]

Student Resources – Mental Health

16
Aug

A 2008 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders measured the prevalence of mental health problems among college students. More than 50 percent of students had a mental health problem at the start of the survey or during a follow up interview two years later. DrugRehab.com is not only a great web resource that […]

What careers are in demand in WA?

07
Aug

According to 2016 census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, community and personal service workers accounted for the fastest-growing careers in Australia, seeing the largest job growth of 19% compared to the previous census in 2011. In WA, community and personal service workers also accounted for the highest increase in jobs according to the […]

Mental Health – Some Helpful Links

10
Jul

People who don’t face mental wellness issues have a lot of trouble talking about this topic. It is even harder for those who do – and it can be difficult to find information that can lead them towards whatever help and support they need. Below are a few valuable supporting links to several mental health […]

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