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New Research Articles in Psychosis Journal

New articles available in Psychosis are online now on Taylor & Francis Online:

A qualitative study of refugees with psychotic symptoms
J.E. Rhodes, N.S. Parrett & O.J. Mason
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1045547

Does childhood bullying lead to the development of psychotic symptoms? A meta-analysis and review of prospective studies
Twylla Cunningham, Katrina Hoy & Ciaran Shannon
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1053969

Tales from the madhouse: an insider critique of psychiatric services
William Park
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1055784

Psychological approaches to understanding and treating auditory hallucinations: From theory to therapy
Lony Schiltz
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1049199

Together we stand in the bottomless pit – When trauma hits the therapeutic dyad
Y. Spinzy & G. Cohen-Rappaport
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1052007

Engage Facebook Updates

Here are a half a dozen recent highlights from our Facebook page. Please LIKE US!

Mr David Rutherford, Chief Human Rights Commissioner, releases the updated 2015 Bullying Prevention Guidelines on Pink Shirt Day at Silverstream School.
They call it waking up alive – that moment you’re aware your suicide attempt was not fatal.
Devastating news for vulnerable Kiwis
Relationships Aotearoa struggling to stay afloat.
New Zealand’s social welfare system “dehumanises” people in need.
Laughter yoga is the practice of deliberate, voluntary laughter. The idea is that forced laughter soon turns into real laughter.

Everyone’s Been Bullied. Not Everyone Responds Like This 15-Year-Old Girl.

Having experienced bullying a lot herself, as well as seeing how it affects other young people, Nakita wanted to do something to make a difference. Nakita is an incredible singer (as you can see here) and so at 13 decided to write a song. However, this songwriting process was different than most. Nakita went into six schools and interviewed 180 young people of all ages about their experiences of bullying. Then, with mentorship from the band Dukes, she collated these experiences into a song.

The result can be found here: http://onevoice.net.nz/#sthash.PJd6EjhC.cjBo9j7i.dpbs

or here: Nakita Turner – One Voice

Highlights from the Engage Facebook Page

Here are a few of the posts shared on the Engage Aotearoa Facebook Page in the last few weeks.

Mike King Korero Goes to Kawakawa 7 May 2013

Engage Aotearoa and Key to Life Charitable Trust will be taking the Mike King Korero to Kawakawa on the 7th of May for two sessions at Bay of Islands College. In the morning, students at Bay of Islands College will get the chance to take part in the Cool to Korero seminar that aims to encourage students to talk about their problems with people they trust before things get on top of them. In the evening, community members will be able to take part in the Community Korero to discuss how to help prevent suicide in their town.

Click here to read about the Whangarei Community Korero that took place on the 9th of April and made the front page of the Northern Advocate.

Click here to check out photos and feedback from the Whangarei Korero.

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Bullying Can Lead to PTSD Symptoms

A new study has found a high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms among teenagers who have been bullied.

The study of 963 teens aged 14 and 15 in Norwegian schools found symptoms of the disorder in about 33 percent of the students who said they were victims of bullying — though it did not determine that these students were diagnosed with full-blown PTSD.

“This is noteworthy, but nevertheless unsurprising,” said psychologist Dr. Thormod Idsøe from the University of Stavanger (UiS) and Bergen’s Center for Crisis Psychology.

“Bullying is defined as long-term physical or mental violence by an individual or group. It’s directed at a person who’s not able to defend themselves at the relevant time. We know that such experiences can leave a mark on the victim.”

Read the full article at Psych Central

 

Report Highlights Bullying Faced By Kiwis Living with Disabilities

A report, released this week, highlights major issues facing New Zealanders living with disabilities.

Bullying, violence and harassment of disabled students in schools was highlighted in the annual report on the Disability Convention.

… Kea Street Specialist School principal Sherie Collins said some mainstream schools were more accepting or more supportive of children with disabilities.

An accepting culture could help mainstream schools address student bullying problems, she suggested.

Link to The NZ Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10851945

New Bullying and Anger Management Info from Skylight

Topic cards for BULLYING and ANGER MANAGEMENT have just been added to our GETTING STRONGER support game, in response to many community requests for such tools.

This very successful support game, developed by Skylight in New Zealand, (a not for profit grief and trauma support organisation) has been hugely successful in encouraging 8-14 year olds to open up and talk with a trusted adult (such as a family worker, social worker, counsellor, teacher, community nurse etc) about sensitive life topics they are dealing with, including:

  • Bullying – being the bully or being bullied
  • Managing anger
  • Bereavement
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Living with Domestic violence
  • Living with Mental illness in the family
  • Living with Serious illness or injury in the family
  • Living with Addiction in the family

The game is available here http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/The+Getting+Stronger+Game

Other bullying support tools are available here http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/Bullying

Other anger management support tools are available here http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/About+Feelings/Anger%20and%20Hard%20to%20Handle%20Behaviour

 

Music Video Sheds Light on Bullying

Grace Pageant released her brand new music video to a packed crowd at a Pechakucha event in Auckland on Thursday 11 May.

Directed by Erin Gaffney and Leigh Fitzjames, the stop-motion music video masterfully uses thousands of buttons and individual photographs to bring Pageant’s story of dealing with teenage bullies to life.

Her message to anyone facing it now? Speak out and get support. You will get through it.

Watch the video and listen to the song here: Grace Pageant – Girl with No Bones

NEW Online NZ Resources for Bullying

Two innovative new bully-focused resources now available for school, community and professional use from Skylight.

With bullying causing deep and ongoing concerns in our New Zealand and Australian communities and schools, Skylight want to let you and your colleagues know that they have  just launched 2 new support resources to assist bullying prevention in both countries.

The new booklet WHO ME? (for 10-17 yr olds) focuses on the bully, giving them better understanding about what bullying is, insights into its effects on themselves as a bully and those bullied, and key steps to help them to stop their bullying behaviour.

When the Bully is Your Child is an 8 page booklet for parents and carers who aren’t sure how best to respond to their own child’s bullying.

These resources are best-evidence and best-practise based, as culturally inclusive as possible and easy to read. Both will be useful for those whose who teach or work with young people and all who work towards bullying prevention in schools, communities and families in any way.

Skylight bullying support resources can be found here. http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/Bullying

As a national, not for profit charity, Skylight produce high quality NZ resource tools to support children, teens, adults and their families through life’s tough times welcome partnerships with others to ensure our community is well resourced with the information tools they need the most.(www.skylight.org.nz )

Contact

Tricia Irving Hendry | Skylight | Deputy Chief Executive
PO Box 7309
Wellington 6242
NEW ZEALAND

04 909 7396 (DD)
021 987 995 (Cell)

0800 299 100

www.skylight.org.nz

BECAUSE GRIEF HAPPENS – AND SUPPORT MATTERS!