“This is a generation that is really struggling. It speaks to me of a lack of resilience. The bottom line is that I don’t think we are preparing even the little kids or the biggest kids for adversity.’’
That’s my guest, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, talking about the mental health and well being of our young people - the topic of this episode’s podcast discussion.
Michael is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, author of 11 books, broadcaster and a specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and the use of technology for mental health. He is a media commentator, columnist for a number of national publications and the resident parenting expert for several high rating Australian television and radio programs.
This was a challenging interview for me. As an incurable optimist it was difficult to face the dismal facts that Michael presented regarding the state of youth mental health here in Australia. I didn’t resist, deny or despair as I was inclined to though. I got curious and asked the question, ‘What can we do about it?’ The result was a conversation rich in resources, recommendations, tips and strategies for parents, teachers and any one charged with the well being and happiness of our kids, teens and young adults.
Tune in to find out, ‘Are we building strong people?’