J seems to be a lot more equable at the moment. He decided not to take the anti-depressants because his friends advised him that they can be addictive, and he felt that he would prefer to work through his depression in his own way (I was conflicted enough for both of us - medication works for a lot of people, and can be very helpful, but I wasn't too sure whether it was necessary for him at this moment in time). The sentencing of his friend's murderer may have also helped - that chapter is finally closed with both boys involved now serving prison sentences. I think the looming HSC (end of school exams, like SATs or O-levels etc) is also taking its toll on him. He is concerned he will get a low UAI (university admission index), and has more or less ruled out going on to tertiary studies, at least at university anyway. He is currently planning to join the Army Reserves, and then pursue a career in the Army if he finds his Reserves experience enjoyable. Not sure how I feel about this turn of events, but he seems to be much more settled in himself now that he has a firm course of action planned. Of course the nearly waist length hair will have to go!!
I keep waiting for another shoe to drop - almost 2 weeks now, and no major crisis. My neck is sore from checking skywards.
The tutorial presentation that I thought was 2 weeks away, is apparently next week. At least I've started work on it.
I have finally worked out how to insert a header via advanced customisation (thanks for the link spikereader). I will probably fiddle with my LJ layout over the next few days until I'm finally more or less happy with the look.