The article explores Stan's mental health and how his early childhood neglect and psychological trauma may have contributed to chemical changes in his brain that make him less able to cope with stress and develop trusting relationships.
A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD.
Suicide and self-harm remain taboo topics in schools, despite the fact youth suicide has reached a ten year high.
Non-suicidal self-injury, a complex phenomenon, appears to be driven by a number of different psychological mechanisms.
Less than 15% of the most disadvantaged people in Australia exit poverty from one year to the next, according to data from the Journeys Home survey, run by the Melbourne Institute.
Rigorous scientific research into gaming addiction is essential. Now is not the time to pathologise one of the most popular leisure activities of the digital age.
While banning social media altogether is not a practical solution, educating young people about respectful behaviour towards others, and reminding them about the terrible consequences associated with cyberbullying is essential.
Social media has a lot to offer – even for vulnerable young people in care. The important step is to figure out how to make the most of it.