Staying safe online
By Adam (Adam the Fish)
The Internet is a wonderful place, full of opportunities to meet new people, learn new things and connect with the world. Since the popularisation of the Web, it has become indispensable in many areas of our lives. Like all good things, however, there are some risks, especially when sharing your personal information online. These don’t normally outweigh the benefits of using services provided online, and can be managed effectively, but it is...
Living with a mental illness
By Chess ( *~Skittles Martinski~* )
It’s quite common for people with a mental illness to say they are suffering from it: “She suffers from depression” or “He suffers from bipolar” are phrases which sound familiar, but they may not be entirely accurate or helpful. This approach is fairly typical, but it’s also problematic. For many people with mental illness, a diagnosis can result in a declining sense of stability within their lives. They may fear that their...
Depression and Suicide: Fact vs. Myth
by Cassie (Cassiopeia.)
Approximately every 13.3 minutes, someone commits suicide ]. Suicide is the act of killing oneself and it is strongly associated with depression, one of the most common mental illnesses, and is a persistent state of sadness that lasts for more than two weeks. Depression and suicide can affect anyone of any age, race, gender, or background. This year alone, it is estimated that 30,000 Americans will take their lives. On...
Remember, Remember, the 5th of November
By Louise (LlamaLlamaDuck)
In most parts of the world, November 5th is no different from any other day. In the UK, however, it is a night celebrated with parties, bonfires, and fireworks. It is much like the 4th of July in America but on a smaller scale. Known as Bonfire Night, Fireworks Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, it is commemorated across the UK every year.
It all began courtesy to the man known as Guy Fawkes. Originally from York in England,...
Debunking the myths of bullying
By Jenny (coolkid98)
Most people will experience bullying at some point during their lives and will know someone who has previously been bullied or who is currently being bullied. There are many myths about bullying which can make it hard for those being bullied to reach out to get help to deal with it. According to research conducted by the NSPCC 46% of children and young people in the UK say they have been bullied at school at some point in their lives....
Grief: what to expect after someone has died
By Robin (PSY)
Although it can be difficult to find a reliable estimate, many organizations report that 5-20% of youth around the world will experience the death of a significant person before reaching adulthood. Regardless of what life stage a person is in, grief resulting from the death of a significant person can present many challenges. Merriam-Webster defines grief as "deep sadness caused especially by someone's death," but grief...
By Dez ( *~Skittlify~* )
What is menstruation?
Menstruation is when the lining of the uterus is shed each month. Blood flows from the uterus then passes through the cervix, exiting the body through the vagina.
Women start menstruating at various ages. Normally, menstruation begins between ages eight and fifteen.
The purpose of menstruation and the menstrual cycle is to prepare for pregnancy. If a woman does not get pregnant, she will experience her period when the...
Choosing the right college major
By Karen (Dioramatic♤)
Graduating from high school is one of the biggest achievements worth celebrating. It denotes readiness for the next level of your education. Preparing for a college entrance exam and choosing where to study are not as easy as they sound. That applies to choosing what you are going to learn in college too. "Which School is Right for You?" gives you insight on deciding the right school for you, so you can check the article out.
Getting started with volunteering
By Harrison (BravestLittleHobbit) and Sammi (Masquerade.)
Do you ever find yourself getting bored over the holidays? Being away from school for so long can result in running out of things to do. Sometimes, the holidays seem to drag on, and you find yourself constantly trying to find ways to fill your time. Volunteering for something in your local community can be a great way to kill time, expand your résumé/CV and give back to your community. Besides...
Eating in public
By Cassie (Idyllic.)
For people who suffer from eating disorders or anxiety, eating in public isn’t exactly a walk in the park. A fear of eating in public or in front of others is a specific phobia that is a lot more common in people than it is perceived to be. A specific phobia is defined as "a lasting and unreasonable fear caused by the presence or thought of a specific object or situation that usually poses little or no actual danger" source]. Signs of specific phobias...