Teenagers and healthy habits for brain health
Sarah is an Oxford-educated neuroscientist. She talked about how the brain is central to young people’s total physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing, and how these elements interact together. She then focused on the 9 healthy habits that are most important for a healthy brain and enhanced wellbeing, explaining why these strategies matter and the scientific evidence behind them. Below are links to her presentation and to two other useful reference sources on teenage brains.
Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs: information session for MHS parents Monday 22 February 2016
We look forward to seeing you all during 2016. If you have any comments or questions please contact us at [email protected]
Teenagers and Emotional Health
On 20 August, Associate Professor Maria Kangas is coming to talk to parents about Teenagers and Emotional Health. Over two-thirds of respondents to last year’s MHS Wellbeing Committee survey of parents asked us to provide more information and resources about handling student stress and anxiety so we are delighted she has accepted our invitation. Maria will cover the spectrum of emotional health issues for teenagers from everyday stress to anxiety and depression, as well as exploring what is in the ‘normal’ range for adolescents, when to be concerned and what steps to take in seeking help.
An Associate Professor at Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health, her work is particularly focussed on the impact of stressful events and on enhancing resilience. The presentation will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 August in the MHS Library (the P&C meeting will take place immediately after Maria’s presentation). All MHS parents are welcome.
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It can be challenging for Year 11 and 12 parents to know how best to support their young people through the HSC journey, so we organised a panel of presenters to share their wealth of knowledge and expertise. If you missed the discussion, below are the notes. While aimed at years 11 and 12, the information is useful for all years.
- Good Nutrition by Simone Kopkas – Nutritional/Health Counsellor
- Healthy Sleep Habits by Dr Amanda Gamble – Head of Child and Adolescent Sleep Services at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
- Emotional Wellbeing by Sandra Vine – Mosman High School Counsellor
- Mental Health and Wellbeing websites
- Effective Approaches to Study by Colette Longley – Mosman High School Deputy Principal
Teenagers, Alcohol and Other Drugs: How much influence do parents really have?
Paul Dillon is well known as an authoritative and expert speaker on teenagers, alcohol and drugs, visiting many schools across the country every year. On 15 February Paul gave presentations to Year 10, 11 and 12 students, staff and parents.
The parent presentation focused primarily on alcohol, although the results of the 2013 National Drug Household Survey were discussed. Paul examined what we know about the prevalence of alcohol and other drug use by young people, with a particular emphasis on the latest evidence on the risks associated with teen drinking. There was a close examination of the positive influence that parents can have on their child’s drinking behaviour, as well as the barriers that they may face during adolescence. The aim was to empower parents with a positive message and assist them in having open and honest family discussions in this complex area.
If you weren’t able to attend, here is the link to Paul’s 2015 presentation slides.
‘Healthy Technology Habits for Young People’ – Dr Andrew Campbell
Technology is now such an integral part of our lives that developing healthy habits around its use is essential for young people, yet for many parents it can be daunting to know how to advise and support their sons and daughters. Hundreds of parents attended Andrew’s seminar series in 2014, organised by the P&C Wellbeing Committee for the parents of students at MHS. These covered safety and information keeping online, mobile computing behaviour, being good e-citizens, cyberbullying, online information privacy and legal aspects of online behaviour.
Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sydney, specialising in cyberpsychology, as well as working in private practice with teenagers and their families.
Download the notes from Andrew’s introductory presentation on 24 July here: MHS Presentation notes – Empowering Teenagers with Technology for Good Health – 24th July 2014
Download the notes from Andrew’s talk on Social Networking on 13 October here: MHS Presentation notes – Social Networking – 13th Oct 2014
For more information on any of the Wellbeing Committee activities, please email us at [email protected]