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Signs of mental health issues

One in five of us will experience a mental health disorder. Learn the signs that could show a friend or family member struggling with their mental health. Often, it is not a single change, but a combination. The following signs are not to help you diagnose a mental health disorder, but to reassure you that…

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How does food and drink affect mental health?

To eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and monitor their intake of alcohol and caffeine is important for everyone. For people with mental health challenges, this is even more important. There is some evidence that: a healthy diet is associated with a reduced risk of depression omega-3 fats can improve mental health diets…

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What is separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety is normal in early childhood and can occur when a child gets upset when separated from a parent or carer. This can happen when children are left with a new caregiver, or put to bed by themselves. Separation anxiety is normal during early childhood. It usually starts at about six to eight months…

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How Anger Affects People

Well-managed anger can be a useful emotion that motivates you to make positive changes. Anger is a powerful emotion and if we do not handle appropriately it, it may have destructive results for you and those closest to you. Uncontrolled anger can lead to arguments, physical fights, physical abuse, assault, and self-harm. Anger triggers the…

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Experiences and Factors that shape Lifelong Outcomes

Social determinants and parental/caregiving factors profoundly affect experiences to shape lifelong outcomes. Social determinants From the point of conception, the social, economic, and environmental conditions into which we are born, grow, live, and age have the power to shape our lives. We know these factors as the social determinants of health and result in a…

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Infection Control and Prevention

Infections are common in children and often lead to illness. Children first enter early childhood education and care services when their immune systems are still developing. They may not have been exposed to many common germs that cause infections and they may be too young to be vaccinated against some diseases. What causes infection? Microscopic…

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How Vaccines prevent Infectious Diseases

The immune system is your body’s natural defense system. The first time you are exposed to a virus or bacteria, the immune system can be slow to make antibodies. That is because it does not recognize the virus or bacteria. While your immune system is making new antibodies, the virus or bacteria multiplies and spreads…

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