SPECIAL REPORTS

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Father’s Day

    “Children who spend more time with their fathers during adolescence, usually have better social skills and a higher self-worth than those who do not. Fathers need to get in there and be involved, even if they get pushed away. Being persistent and present is important."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Riding the Corona Coaster

    “The Coronavirus has turned our lives upside down and asked us all to navigate a ton of uncertainty about what happens next. These changes are confronting, creating a perfect storm for a rise in anxiety, depression and substance abuse problems amongst young people."

    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: Dealing with Disappointment

    “Disappointment is a normal, though difficult, part of growing up and can be a tricky emotion to deal with at any age. How your children learn to respond to disappointment will determine its impact on their future achievement and happiness.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Preparing for Remote Learning

    “Our young people will take their lead from us. We need to let them know that we are taking the coronavirus seriously, but we are not panicking. This is not downplaying what is happening, it is just context.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus

    “Parents shouldn’t avoid talking about the coronavirus. Not talking about something can actually make young people worry more. Take the opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone. Help your children feel informed and reassured.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Moving to a New School

    "Starting at a new school is a big deal! Your child is going to meet lots of new people and be thrown into new situations. That’s bound to make them feel lots of different emotions."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Bushfires

    SPECIAL REPORT: Talking About Bushfires

    "Studies show an increase in mental health problems among survivors immediately after a major disaster. Children especially are vulnerable to experiencing feelings of loss of safety, fear or apprehension following exposure to images seen on TV, the internet or in newspapers."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Surviving Christmas

    SPECIAL REPORT: Surviving Christmas

    "For many Christmas is a wonderful day filled with family, friends, gifts, good food and good times. But for some people, the reality is often quite different due to increased loneliness and hardship."

    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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