Townsville’s population is set to boom in 2021, estimated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to become the first city in Northern Australia to reach 200,000 residents.
Despite a thriving population, locals will attest the Townsville community can feel as close-knit as a small country town. A morning walk on the Strand, enjoying a meal on Palmer Street or cheering on the kids’ footy team can often lead families, friends and colleagues to cross paths unexpectedly.
During the preschool years, children have difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy. As a result they can be prone to self-deception, exaggeration and wishful thinking. The school-age child is more likely to tell a falsehood deliberately to avoid negative consequences or to gain an advantage.
For an incident to be called stealing, the child must have the knowledge that it is wrong to take the item without permission of the owner. Minor incidents of stealing in early childhood can be quite common. Incidents of stealing tend to peak at about ages 5-8 years and then tend to taper off in frequency.
When you’re out in public, do you worry what others might think of you, or that they’ll judge you, or that you’ll embarrass yourself? It’s normal for people to want to create a good impression and be liked by others, and most people feel nervous or awkward in some situations. But for those who battle with shyness and/or social anxiety, the nervousness tends to lead to avoidance of situations, which can become unhelpful and unhealthy.
“The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is causing anxiety, worry and stress for Queenslanders and people across the globe”, Queensland Mental Health Commission, April 2020.
During this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, residential aged care homes are facing increased difficulties in managing procedures to reduce risk to residents and balance the need for social contact. This outbreak has also caused anxiety for staff, residents and their families who may feel unsupported, isolated, depressed or anxious.
Because grief and the way we deal with the loss is individual and depends so much on so many different factors, families unable to have planned funerals and people unable to attend a farewell or a funeral will have many varied and different responses.
As the number of coronavirus cases rise across Australia, the level of anxiety within the community is increasing.
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