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Fear of going out? Here’s how Melburnians can manage anxiety when returning to ‘normal’

As Melbourne opens up from lockdown, some people might feel nervous about socialising or going out again — especially those who were anxious before the pandemic.

Why every teacher needs to know about childhood trauma

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse recommended schools be “trauma-informed”. Being trauma-informed does not mean teachers and schools must be trained to treat trauma. Rather they must understand the impact it can have on children’s lives.

Why every teacher needs to know about childhood trauma

By Emily Berger, Lecturer, Monash University and Karen Martin, Asst Professor Population Health, University of Western Australia
Originally published by The Conversation on September 11 2020.

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School closures had positive effects on some teenagers’ mental health, our new research suggests

Research from the UK suggests that during lockdown there might have been an overall reduction in anxiety, and an increase in wellbeing, in some young people


Want to see a therapist but don’t know where to start? Here’s how to get a mental health plan

Under Medicare, you can already access ten subsidised sessions per calendar year with a registered psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist.

Lonely in lockdown? You’re not alone. 1 in 2 Australians feel more lonely since coronavirus

Humans are innately social, and when we are deprived of something, the need becomes even stronger

The psychology of lockdown suggests sticking to rules gets harder the longer it continues

In times of uncertainty we look to others to guide our own behaviour as they set our social norms.

Why are we calling it ‘social distancing’? Right now, we need social connections more than ever

How to stay socially connected, whilst remaining physically distant.

Psychologists say changing  perceptions of the world around you is critical to combating  loneliness

Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

Shifting your perceptions and practicing social skills can help people overcome their feelings of social isolation

Loneliness can be transmitted but we don't know how or why

Loneliness is a health issue, and needs targeted solutions

Unmet social needs are no small matter - as a growing body of mental health research is showing

Loneliness is often mistaken for a symptom of depression but it is a mental health issue in its own rigth

The deadly truth about loneliness

The quality of relationships is more important than the quantity when it comes to loneliness, and health researchers are paying increasingly close attention to the mental health implications