SPECIAL REPORTS

  • The Conflict in Ukraine

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Conflict in Ukraine

    “The evidence show us that having a supportive discussion about a stressful event can actually decrease a young person’s distress. Answering their questions honestly will help them process any difficult emotions that may arise."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Flood Support

    SPECIAL REPORT: Flood Support & Recovery

    “The recent floods have touched the lives of many. If your child or teenager is exposed to a natural disaster, either directly through lived experience or indirectly through the media, then your support is vital."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • Respectful Language

    SPECIAL REPORT: Respectful Language

    “If you swear at someone, or about someone, you are actually committing an act of verbal violence. You transgress the usual rules of social interaction, impinging upon someone's self-image and their sense of dignity."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Managing Overwhelm

    SPECIAL REPORT: Managing Overwhelm

    “As human beings, our brains haven’t evolved fast enough to adapt to the digital world that we now live in. This means that the overload of messages that we receive through ever-present media platforms often results in stress, anxiety, and overwhelm."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: The Wellbeing Barometer

    “Even if your family has not experienced as many lockdowns as some areas, the social, economic and psychological impacts over the coming months are uncertain. For many young people, it means that acquiring the skills for future independence remain in the balance."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Instilling Hope In Uncertain Times

    “Parents can help instil hope by encouraging their kids to see life as it is. Human beings, particularly young ones, hate uncertainty and often their natural response is to exhibit varying degrees of fear and anxiety."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health

    “I’m seeing more depression and anxiety in all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids. When they look into the future now, they’re looking at one that wasn’t what they envisioned before."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Mother’s Day

    “Mothers play a critical role in the family, which is a powerful force for social cohesion and integration. In essence, the mother-child relationship is vital for the healthy development of children and in their journey to independence."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Vaping

    SPECIAL REPORT: Vaping

    “Vaping is quickly becoming an epidemic due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. This trendy, but risk-taking activity, is causing significant peer pressure and there is mounting evidence that long-term repeated use of e-cigarettes will cause lung injury and respiratory symptoms."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: A Conversation on Consent

    “Consent must be mutual and freely given. An informed decision made without pressure, guilt or threats. There must a clear understanding of what is about to happen. Without consent, sexual activity is an offence and against the law, and it must be given every single time."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Starting Year 7

    “The transition from primary to secondary school is a significant time of change. It comes with a number of mixed feelings. So much is changing and they’re about to start a whole new set of subjects, meet new people, create new friendships and take on new challenges."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Having to Alcohol Discussion

    SPECIAL REPORT: Having the Alcohol Discussion

    “A formula in dealing with adolescents is force equals resistance. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to stop them doing whatever it is they want to do. Regardless of everything, all you want is for them to come home safe, so start the conversation today!"

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Father’s Day

    “Children who spend more time with their fathers during adolescence, usually have better social skills and a higher self-worth than those who do not. Fathers need to get in there and be involved, even if they get pushed away. Being persistent and present is important."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Riding the Corona Coaster

    “The Coronavirus has turned our lives upside down and asked us all to navigate a ton of uncertainty about what happens next. These changes are confronting, creating a perfect storm for a rise in anxiety, depression and substance abuse problems amongst young people."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus - The Transition Back

    “Some young people remain in denial as to the seriousness of the situation, but the truth is, Coronavirus continues to present a risk to the whole community. There’s a concern that many young people think it is business as usual."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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