ALCOHOL industry self-regulation of advertising to young people has failed, with Facebook and other social media sites enabling harmful “under the radar” promotion to young people, the AMA has warned.
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THE federal government will launch later this year a $16.4 million ‘virtual’ clinic which it hopes will increase patient access to phone and online support services for mental health.
THE generation that brought the world Facebook, Justin Bieber and planking has an even less impressive notch on its collective belt – being number one when it comes to online self-diagnosis and taking unprescribed medication.
MODERATED internet forums for young people who self-harm are worthwhile because they represent the only help many of these patients will get, an expert says. A study of SharpTalk, a UK experimental online discussion forum set up as a support group for people aged 16–25 who have self-harmed, has demonstrated benefits. Moderators of SharpTalk questioned 47 users of the forum after 10 weeks and found a strong consensus that it was easier to talk to an online stranger about self-harm than to family or ...