Mental Health

Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

Youth service JellyBeans to remain open for now, and more Zedlines...

The transgender youth service will remain open for a few more months after temporarily securing funding. (Image Source: Jack McDonnell)

Youth service JellyBeans to stay open.. for now

The transgender youth service, JellyBeans, will be able to stay open for another 3 months, after securing a $5000 donation on behalf of Brisbane Central State MP Grace Grace but needs continuing support.

Last month, Open Doors chair, Tyrone Shandiman, announced the group would be forced to shut down at the end of this month unless it can acquire more support.

Jelly Beans socially support transgender, gender variant and genderqueer people under the age of 24.

 

Addressing the impacts of suicide on farming communities and more Zedlines..

A new website aiming to reduce stigma surrounding suicide in farming communities is asking people from farming communities to complete an in-depth survey to help researchers better understand the impact suicide has on families left behind.

The Ripple Effect, launched a few months ago, has garnered more than 7000 visits, and also provides strategies on how to deal with negative thoughts, as well as information on how to help someone who is thinking about taking their own life or struggling with suicide bereavement.

Research by Griffith University shows that Queensland and New South Wales agricultural workers could be twice as likely to die by suicide compared to those in other occupations.

Fortitude Valley data centre set for approval and more Zedlines

Brisbane City Council are set to approve construction on a new seventy five million dollar data centre in Fortitude Valley.

Fortitude Valley data centre set for approval

Brisbane City Council is set to approve construction on a new seventy five million dollar data centre in Fortitude Valley.

The project is expected to create over three hundred jobs during construction and when completed, the five-storey building will feature a state of the art twenty-four hour IT facility, computer servers and will house innovative storage data facilities.

100 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Sea, and more Zedlines...

Latest capsize brings migrant death toll to over 4,270 this year. (Photo: wikicommons/unframe)

Around 100 migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea, following the sinking of their rubber boat on Thursday. 

27 people were saved and six bodies were recovered by a British navy ship, off the coast of Libya.

This tragedy adds to the death toll of 240 people over three days, according to aid groups… which is only expected to grow, as migrants continue to leave Libya for Italy, regardless of rough seas. 

 

Asylum Seeker Receives Graduation Certificate in Person.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor graduates High School and more Zedlines

Mojgan Shamsalipoor, the Iranian woman made famous for her battle to be released from immigration detention earlier this year, has been awarded her graduation certificate from Yeronga State High School. source: twitter @MarkBaileyMP

Mojgan was freed from two year-long immigration detention in September after her refugee application was denied.

She was granted a three-month bridging visa upon her release and will be able to live with her husband.

 

Queensland introduces digital learning classes

Queensland State Education Minister Kate Jones, has now introduced compulsory digital learning classes for children in Prep through to year 10.

Mark Zuckerberg Denies Facebook's Impact On US Election

Facebook and it’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg have said that it is “extremely unlikely” news hoaxes reported on the social media platform have impacted the US election result.

Alternative schooling doubles

Data from the Queensland Department of Education and Training shows the number of Children being homeschooled has nearly doubled in the last five years.

The spike in the number of parents choosing to homeschool is being driven by frustration with the state education system along with wanting to shield children from bullying.

Early caesareans risk developmental issues in children and more Zedlines

Sydney researchers have found that planned caesareans may raise the risk of developmental delays in children by 26% (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The study of 153,000 babies born after 32 weeks in NSW, assessed the physical health, language and cognition, social competence and emotional maturity of the children once they reached kindergarten.

Births before the 39-40 week gestation window now account for almost half of all births nationally, and authors of the study claim that delaying a planned caesarean until after the 39 week mark “may have significant long-term benefits.”

 

Search for missing fisherman cancelled
 

Overseas adoptions still face lengthy waiting period and more zedlines

Despite the federal government push to make overseas adoption easier Australian couples will still face a lengthy wait if they wish to adopt from overseas. Source: (Pixabay)

Despite the federal government push to make overseas adoption easier Australian couples will still face a lengthy wait if they wish to adopt from overseas.

The Intercountry Adoption Australia service was launched last year and saw Australia open programs with Poland Bulgaria and Latvia.

Renee Carter, the Chief executive of adoption lobby group ‘adopt change’ says it will take a while to see if the federal government's shift is making a difference as overseas adoptions can take as long as 5 years.

Ancient Aboriginal settlement found and more Zedlines

Evidence of Aboriginal settlement in arid Australia has been found in a Flinders Ranges rock shelter (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The site known as Warratyi shows that Aboriginal settlement in Australia occurred around 49,000 years ago - 10,000 years earlier than previously thought.
 

Lead author, Hiles Hamm found the site with local elder Clifford Coulthard by chance while surveying gorges in the northern Flinders Ranges and has so far recovered around 4,300 artefacts, and 200 bone fragments.

 

Large taxpayer costs amid Redcliffe line issues

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