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AN ACCELERANT ON THE FIRE: SOCIAL MEDIA, SMARTPHONES AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH

In Australia, as in other Western countries, there has been a sharp deterioration in adolescent mental health over the last decade. Around 40% of young women, and 20% of young men, now have an anxiety disorder. Around 20% of young women, and 10% of young men now have an affective disorder such as depression. These patterns in Australia are mirrored in other parts of the Western world.

Dr Michael Schluter

Dr Michael Schluter on the importance of relational thinking

Dr Michael Schluter CBE, founder of the Jubilee Centre and Relationships Foundation in the UK, gave this video message at the commencement of the Building Right Relationships Colloquium, organised jointly by Publica, Alphacrucis University College and the Lachlan Macquarie Institute in October 2023. Michael introduces the importance of relational thinking for public policy and identifies five factors that matter to the formation of relationships in a community.

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One Day You Will Feel Lonely

Learning from people with disability about loneliness and social isolation. In August 2023, Australia had its first-ever Loneliness Awareness Week, the result of a growing body of evidence indicating that loneliness is a significant societal issue requiring attention. Australia is not alone.

Couple Relationships

Couple Relationships

Author: Paul R. Amato Overview Many changes have occurred in Australia since the establishment of

Digital Age Loneliness

The Loneliness of the Digitally Connected

Loneliness used to be identified as an issue particularly for the very elderly who have lost partners and friends through death; but now the loneliest age group in our community is the under-30s. These are the digital natives who typically have a large number of connections with people through social media.

We need to talk about Hungary

Over the past decade, Hungary’s marriage rates have risen by 92% taking them from number 28 in Europe in 2010, almost at the bottom of the list, to number one in 2020.

Living Alone in Australia

Over the last few decades there has been a gradual increase in the proportion of one person households. It seems that as Australians grow in age our likelihood to live alone continues to rise.

The Relationship Drought

The Relationship Drought is a new discussion paper for church leaders designed to stimulate conversations

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Breaking Up Well

Anyone who has experienced a breakup knows how messy it can be – so how do we break up in a way that is most protective of children?

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Housing Inequality

Housing inequality is a fact of life in Australia, and many other countries. Since the 1980s, house prices have outpaced incomes.

Publica Launch Event

Publica was launched in Sydney on February 10th 2022 with guest panellists Rev. Stu Cameron, CEO, Wesley Mission, and Dr Kate Harrison Brennan, head of policy at the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

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Understanding Inequality in Australia

Australia is a country with unequal incomes, but unlike many countries, it has a very successful and targeted welfare system. This helps make society more equal through cash benefits and in-kind benefits like health and education.

Housing affordability

Authors: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Overview Access to good quality, affordable housing is