SPECIAL REPORTS

  • SPECIAL REPORT: COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health

    “I’m seeing more depression and anxiety in all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids. When they look into the future now, they’re looking at one that wasn’t what they envisioned before."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Vaping

    SPECIAL REPORT: Vaping & E-Cigarettes

    “Vaping is quickly becoming an epidemic due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. This trendy, but risk-taking activity, is causing significant peer pressure and there is mounting evidence that long-term repeated use of e-cigarettes will cause lung injury and respiratory symptoms."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: A Conversation on Consent

    “Consent must be mutual and freely given. An informed decision made without pressure, guilt or threats. There must a clear understanding of what is about to happen. Without consent, sexual activity is an offence and against the law, and it must be given every single time."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Having to Alcohol Discussion

    SPECIAL REPORT: Having the Alcohol Discussion

    “A formula in dealing with adolescents is force equals resistance. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to stop them doing whatever it is they want to do. Regardless of everything, all you want is for them to come home safe, so start the conversation today!"

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus - The Transition Back

    “Some young people remain in denial as to the seriousness of the situation, but the truth is, Coronavirus continues to present a risk to the whole community. There’s a concern that many young people think it is business as usual."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Wellbeing Checklist for Secondary

    “Research shows there are specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of teenagers developing a mental health problem. Some are set in stone, and others are modifiable. It can impact their ability to function and perform normal activities."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Surviving the Final Year

    "It’s no secret that the end of school can be a huge source of anxiety for both students and parents alike. Final year students suffer from high-level anxiety or stress, with many also suffering from depression."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Eco-Anxiety

    SPECIAL REPORT: Eco-Anxiety

    "Some psychologists worry that fears around the projected impacts of climate change may lead to a learned helplessness or hopelessness. ‘Eco-anxiety’ has begun to emerge in pre-schoolers, primary and secondary students."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • The Hunting

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Hunting

    “The series is confronting viewing. It’s not easy to watch, as a young person or an adult, but it shouldn’t be. It should make us nervous and wake us up.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Parenting Styles - What type of parent are you?

    “Many parents today are afflicted with a Vitamin N deficiency…the inability to say, “No” to their children. It's incredibly important that parents set limits and boundaries. The consequences of bad parenting has both short and long-term effects.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Talking to kids about Christchurch

    “Terrorism is not an ideology like communism or capitalism. Rather, it is a tactic, a strategy, used to achieve a specific end. The violence we saw in Christchurch is designed to create fear in the targeted population.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Smartphones in Schools

    “Mobile phones are not only distracting, but cause stress for young children. Enabling them to focus on lessons and learn better socialising skills, can reduce their social media use and minimise online bullying.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Year 12 Exam Stress

    “Parents should ensure they offer appropriate emotional and practical support to their children, without creating undue stress about academic performance. This will help them to maintain perspective and focus during exam time.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Online Game Fortnite

    “The game can be problematic for those kids who play in an ‘obsessive way’. It will interfere with their sleep, it will interfere with, obviously, homework, and it’ll interfere with normal relationships at home.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: 13 Reasons Why

    “Probably for 75 per cent of kids who watch this show, there will be no impact. However, I'm worried about the ones who have pre-existing vulnerabilities.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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