World Mental Health Day | Find a Way to take care #WithMe

World Mental Health Day | Find a Way to take care #WithMe

This World Mental Health Day, we celebrate all the creators who are using YouTube to share positive ways to cope, relax, sleep, reflect, and help all of us take better care of ourselves and each other. Find a Way #WithMe.

For more mental health and wellbeing tips, we’ve put together this playlist:

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters, please call 1-800-273-8255 or visit to connect with a trained counselor.

Starring: Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, ConnorFranta, Lavendaire, Jouelzy, Yoga with Kassandra , Heal Your Living, Danger Remy, LovelyyOT. Yoga by Korrie, Beleaf in Fatherhood, Headspace, Chuck Desjardins Photography, The Psych Show, ByStephieNics, Girl and The Word, Soulful Conversations with Frank and Sheila, Muchelleb, Doctor Mik, Afrobysara, Maria Geyer, John Marco Melucci, Thirsty For Art , Mecka Fitness and Nutrition, Ommosapiens, Tiffany Gregory, HangingWithBlove Vlogs, Kayla Lashae, Ritchie Rosson, Daniel Eisenman – Breaking Normal, Monica Ehlers

Music: “Only Love Can Light it Up (Ft. Katrina Stone)”
Written by: John Isaac, Charles Coggins, Katrina Mae Stone
Courtesy of Extreme Music


Australia Study Finds Alarming Hike in Young Kids’ Screen Time

A new study from Australia discovers a rapid increase in screen time among young children, a practice that may delay neurodevelopment. Researchers found some young children might average 50 minutes per day, where the national guidelines called for zero screen time in children under the age of two.

University of Queensland Associate Professor Leigh Tooth, the lead author on the study, explains that the guidelines were established to give children the best start in life.

“We were surprised to see the rapid increase in screen time from the first month of infancy,” Tooth said.

“Children are spending almost an hour per day in front of a screen before they turn one.”

Tooth’s study, which appears in the Medical Journal of Australia, discovered screen time quickly increases with age before plateauing around three years, at an average of 94 minutes per weekday.

Screen time only fell into line with national guidelines when children moved into childcare and school, while weekends continued to spike well above the guidelines.

The Australian government, World Health Organization and other international bodies promote the same guidelines of zero screen time under two years. In the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children younger than 2 avoid digital media other than video chatting. Children ages 2 to 5 shouldn’t watch more than one hour of high-quality children’s programming per day.

“We need to let people know that young children should not be in front of a screen for long periods because there is emerging evidence this could be detrimental to their development and growth,” Tooth said.

“Screen time represents a missed opportunity where children could be practicing and mastering a developmental skill, like skipping and jumping, over being sedentary and transfixed to a screen.

“This is particularly important in children under two who should not be spending any time in front of a screen.”

The study showed mothers whose children exceeded the screen time guidelines experienced factors like financial stress, had high amounts of leisure time or allowed electronic devices in the bedroom.

“It’s very easy to use screen time with children because there are so many child-friendly apps and games developed for young children and parents,” Tooth said.

“If you give a child an iPad for 30 minutes then they’re going to be transfixed — you can understand why parents give their children access to screens.”

Study authors believe the potential negative implications far outweighed any perceived benefits of the easy distraction tools.

“The fear is that it is these early years where the most negative impact on health and development can occur,” she said.

“Parents need to be made aware of the national guidelines in their antenatal visits or during a follow-up appointment with their GP.

“The guidelines are there for a reason, and that is to protect your baby’s health and development.”

Source: University of Queensland

Canadian Study Probes Reduced Suicidal Thoughts in Indigenous People

The higher rates of suicide among indigenous people in Canada has been well documented, but few studies have looked at the factors linked to recovery among those who have had suicidal thoughts.

A new Canadian study from the University of Toronto and Algoma University finds that three-quarters of formerly suicidal Indigenous adults who are living off-reserve have been free from suicidal thoughts in the past year. Overall, participants who were older, spoke an Aboriginal language, were food secure, female, had at least a high school diploma and had social support were less likely to struggle with suicidal thoughts.

The findings are published in the journal Archives of Suicide Research.

“It was encouraging to discover so many formerly suicidal Aboriginal peoples were no longer seriously considering suicide, but with one-quarter of respondents still having these thoughts, there remains a dire need for improvements,” said co-author Dr. Rose Cameron who is an Anishinaabekwe elder and a tenured professor at the University of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.

“Individuals who spoke an Indigenous language were less likely to have been suicidal in the past year. Knowing one’s ancestral language provides valuable understandings of Aboriginal beliefs, values and traditions, and these factors may improve self-esteem and a positive identity, thereby promoting overall wellbeing and recovery.”

Social support also played a key role in remission, said co-author Alexandra Sellors, M.S.W., a recent graduate of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) at the University of Toronto.

“Individuals with at least one person to turn to for support in times of need were much more likely to be free of suicidal thoughts for the past year than those who were socially isolated (77% vs. 61%),” said Sellors. “Social connections can promote a sense of meaning and value in life. Clearly, we need targeted efforts to decrease social isolation and loneliness.”

Unfortunately, one-quarter of formerly suicidal indigenous adults reported that they had been hungry at some point in the last year but could not afford to buy food.

“It isn’t surprising that those who were so destitute were twice as likely to still be suicidal compared to those who had money for food,” said lead author Dr. Esme Fuller-Thomson, professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Institute for Life Course & Aging. “As a nation, we have an urgent responsibility to eradicate this devastating impoverishment.”

The findings also show that indiginous people with at least a high school degree were more likely to be in recovery compared to those who had not finished high school.

“Education opens doors to better careers, higher income, better access to mental-health care and more opportunities in life,” said co-author Senyo Agbeyaka, a graduate of the University of Toronto.

“Currently, many isolated reserves do not have local high schools, which forces children as young as 14 to leave their family, home and community and move to larger towns and cities in order to study. These inequities need to be addressed if we hope to improve the high school graduation rate of Indigenous youth in Canada.”

Finally, the results show that each decade of age was linked to a 17 percent greater chance of recovery from suicidal ideation.

“Indigenous elders often play a pivotal and revered role in Aboriginal communities and this respect may act to buffer against depression and suicidal ideation,” said co-author Dr. Philip Baiden, assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Source: University of Toronto 


Why You Don't Need to Be Exceptional

Why You Don't Need to Be Exceptional

Many of us walk the earth with a feeling that, in order to acceptable, we need to be something very special indeed. It could sound like ambition, but it’s closer to neurosis – and a source of constant and unnecessary pain. Here are some tips to unwind the affliction.
Sign up to our new newsletter and get 10% off your first online order of a book, product or class:
For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop:
Our website has classes, articles and products to help you lead a more fulfilled life:


You can read more on this and other subjects on our blog, here:
“It’s a rather simple question that quickly gets to the core of someone’s sense of well-being and legitimacy: did your childhood leave you feeling that you were – on balance – OK as you were? Or did you somewhere along the way derive an impression that you needed to be extraordinary in order to deserve a place on the earth? And, to raise an associated question: are you therefore now relaxed about your status in life? Or have you become either a manic overachiever or filled with shame at your so-called mediocrity?”


Visit us in person at our London HQ:

Watch more films on SELF in our playlist:

You can submit translations and transcripts on all of our videos here:
Find out how more here:


Feel free to follow us at the links below:



Produced in collaboration with:

Noelle Smith Design

Title animation produced in collaboration with

Vale Productions


New Moms’ Social Media Posts May Put Kids’ Privacy at Risk

It is common for new mothers to use social media to share feelings about the trials of parenthood, get advice, or simply brag about their youngsters’ achievements.

New research finds that women’s feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media. The posts sometimes include their children’s personally identifiable information, such as names, birthdates and photographs.

Drs. Mariea Grubbs Hoy and DeForrest Jackson from the University of Tennessee School of Advertising and Public Relations worked with Dr. Alexa K. Fox, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Akron to study “sharenting.”

Their findings appear online in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

“Providing updates on [a child’s] progress with posts of photos, videos, and other personal information about the child has almost become a social norm, but it puts the child’s online privacy and, potentially, safety at risk,” the researchers wrote.

The researchers suggest the need for enhanced governmental guidance to protect children’s online privacy from commercial entities. They also suggest that parents need more education about the consequences of sharing their children’s personal information.

While the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act prevents marketers from collecting data from children 12 and younger without parental permission, that regulation was enacted in 1998, six years before Facebook launched.

“Today’s parents, many of whom grew up sharing their own lives on social media, may not comprehend the full impact and potential consequences of posting such information about their children,” they wrote.

Their research suggests that mothers are “an important yet under-addressed vulnerable consumer segment who may be uniquely susceptible to particular types of social media marketing engagement tactics.”

In their first study, Fox and Hoy interviewed 15 experienced and first-time mothers ages 24 to 40. The interviewees were all Caucasian, highly educated, and had children ranging in age from 14 weeks to 11 years. The women reported using social media anywhere from less than 30 minutes to nearly two hours per day.

They asked the women about their feelings regarding motherhood and whether they post content about their children on social media. They also asked questions to gauge the women’s understanding of information co-ownership, privacy rules, and other principles of social media behavior.

Finally, they asked questions to determine if the women were willing to share personally identifiable information about their children when engaging with a commercial brand on social media.

The women articulated a variety of risk factors for vulnerability: a changing body, a changing view of self, new responsibilities associated with motherhood, demands of nursing, exhaustion, and issues such as postpartum depression or anxiety.

“Posting about their experiences and sharing personal information about themselves and their children served as a coping strategy, primarily related to seeking affirmation/social support or relief from parents stress/anxiety/depression,” the researchers wrote.

“Every mother mentioned posting milestones ranging from the infant reaching the ‘month birthdays’ to children’s firsts and other ‘cute’ moments. They then waited, at times eagerly, for affirmation in the form of likes or comments.”

At the same time, the researchers note, the mothers acknowledged concerns about other social media users sharing their information in unwelcome ways.

In their second study, Fox and Hoy gathered data from a Twitter chat by Carter’s Inc, a children’s apparel company, to see how feelings of vulnerability seemed to influence mothers’ willingness to share their children’s personally identifiable information with a business.

Some companies provide engagement opportunities through social media marketing tactics such as contests and virtual chats, or by asking parents to post stories, photos, and videos about their children. By doing this, “they may also be triggering sharenting,” the researchers wrote.

“The chat provided a case study opportunity to observe how a brand creates a social media event designed to generate engagement with mothers of young children that might prompt the mothers to post their children’s personally identifiable information.”

The Twitter chat involved 116 unique participants, all mothers, who generated 1,062 original tweets. The company tweeted a link to their disclosure that said the company would own all content and could share it with anyone without compensating the parents.

Carter’s asked 10 questions, tweeted a coupon and link to their website, tweeted several affirming comments in response to photos, and concluded by soliciting child photos, tweeting “We’d love seeing your little one today!”

The researchers determined that 69 percent of the participants posted something indicating they felt vulnerable as a parent. Forty-seven percent of the participants posted some aspect of their child’s personally identifiable information in response to at least one question. About a third of the participants posted something that expressed their vulnerability and also revealed personally identifiable information about their child.

“In other words, if a mother did not express a risk factor for vulnerability during the chat, we saw less sharing of her children’s personally identifiable information,” the researchers concluded.

Source: University of Tennessee/EurekAlert