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Newsletter #2 - Changing the structure of Chat Room discussions.

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Posted May 16th 2010 at 02:19 PM by TeenHelp
Updated November 17th 2011 at 05:25 PM by Rob

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TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #2 - May 16th 2010 - http://www.teenhelp.org

Welcome to the TeenHelp Newsletter! Our Newsletter contains a lot of useful information about our current work, including updates to our site and services, work with our partners and affiliates, details of upcoming events, short bits of advice, interesting links and more!

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TeenHelp News

TeenHelp regularly makes changes to its site and services. Some of these are large and noticeable, and others are small and much less so, but each one contributes to the positive development of TeenHelp and how our users experience our community. Below are some of the most recent developments.

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New structure for Facilitated Chat Room Discussions (May 16th 2010)

TeenHelp have been running weekly discussions in the Chat Room for over nine months now. We have covered a variety of topics that have each been immensely popular. However, the way we currently choose topics is sometimes inconsistent, which leads to subjects being excluded from the discussions for extended periods of time. To remedy this we are announcing a permanent schedule for FCRDs that will ensure more predictability for some topics. The schedule will be composed of some fixed topics that will occur frequently, some flexible topic groupings that will always generate a certain type of discussion, and some free topics, which will be filled in from suggestions from both Staff and users.

The following is our new schedule, with the first week commencing next Saturday (May 22nd 2010):

Week 1: Puberty and growing up
Week 2: Depression
Week 3: Free
Week 4: Free (Mind and Body)
Week 5: Relationships
Week 6: Free
Week 7: Free
Week 8: Triggers
Week 9: Free (Sex and Relationships)
Week 10: Free
Week 11: Health (drop in)
Week 12: Mental Health (drop in)

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Vacancy in Avatar Magazine (May 4th 2010)

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Content Editor in the Editorial team for TeenHelp's monthly magazine, Avatar. The Deputy Content Editor is responsible, along with the Content Editor, for maintaining the production and quality of the magazine's content, which includes writing and editing columns that don't have a dedicated Editor, improving articles submitted by others, and introducing and developing new columns to the magazine. If you wish to join the Avatar team, please complete an application form at your earliest opportunity.

http://www.teenhelp.org/apply/


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Organisational changes (April 30th 2010)

Over the last several months we have been making changes to our internal procedures, particularly to the way that Disputes and Performance Committees operate, with some Talent Committee changes currently in progress. These changes have been focused around streamlining our procedures and looking at how each committee can become more effective at obtaining its goals. While we don't want to bore you with the details of these changes, we are confident that each one will result in the issues each committee deals with being resolved more quickly and efficiently.

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Social Networking Team members needed (April 10th 2010 onwards)

Last month we released several new projects that are continuing to grow and develop. As part of this we are still seeking to put together a much larger Social Networking Team, who are responsible for promoting a range of external material through our Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you are interested in producing material for this project, please use the following form to enquire.

http://www.teenhelp.org/misc.php?do=form&fid=29

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Affiliates

TeenHelp works with a range of different organisations and websites in order to help and educate young people. Below are some of our most recent affiliations. For a full list of the organisations we work with, please visit our Resources page.

http://www.teenhelp.org/resources/

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Hopeline

Hopeline (Kristin Brooks Hope Center) is a national organisation in the USA that offers the message of hope. It raises awareness that depression is treatable and suicide is preventable. Hopeline created a telephone network called 1-800-SUICIDE to connect people in despair to a national crisis centre for support and advice, aiming for all calls to be answered quickly by those trained to deal with crises. Hopeline was created in 1998 after the suicide of its founder's wife and has been supporting millions of people since.

http://www.hopeline.com

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Tips Of The Month

Each month we share small bits of practical advice that you can implement to improve your life or that of others. This month we provide tips for preparing for exams, improving posture and coping with allergies.

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Preparing for exams


Since the end of the school year is coming we all have exams. In order to protect yourself from getting too stressed out, you need to take care of yourself:
  • Eat properly: Have a good amount of fruits and vegetables and not too much caffeine or sweets.
  • Sleep properly: Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep a night to ensure you are well rested.
  • Take breaks: When studying it is better to take small ten minute breaks every hour or so to help mind, body and learning.
We all wish you luck on your upcoming exams. If you're having difficulties with school or exams and would like to seek advice or support, please be sure to visit our Education and Careers forum. We'd love to help!

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Good posture

Many teens have pain in their backs due to poor posture. Here are a few ways to help you avoid back aches.
  • When carrying a bag on your back make sure you don't have too much weight in it. If the bag pulls down on your back it can cause pain.
  • Try not to slouch. Slouching can cause poor posture and back pain that could affect you in the future.
  • Exercising at least thirty minutes a day can greatly improve your posture.
If you have any more questions about maintaining a healthy posture, please be sure to visit our General Health forum, where we are always happy to help you out.

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The allergy season

The Spring season is also known as the allergy season because this time of the year many of us get itchy, watery eyes and are constantly sneezing. These tips will help you get through the next few months:
  • Make sure you are always regularly washing your hands.
  • Depending on what allergy you have, your doctor can prescribe you medication to help relax the symptoms.
  • Some weather websites have an area informing you if there will be a high chance of pollen, trees, etc. This way you can plan out your day more efficiently.
If you have any more questions about maintaining a healthy posture, please be sure to visit our General Health forum, where we are always happy to help you out.

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Interesting Things (on TeenHelp)

A lot of content is posted to TeenHelp every single day, from threads to articles, social groups to albums. But it is difficult for even the most veteran user to keep on top of it all, so we have selected a few items from among the masses that we thought were interesting to draw your attention to.

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Social Groups

Those of us who suffer with anxiety.
This social group is for people with anxiety to come together and share ideas on how to cope, vent, and not feel so alone.
http://www.teenhelp.org/socialgroups...fer++anxiety./

Hope<3
This social group is a place of hope for those suffering with eating disorders.
http://www.teenhelp.org/socialgroups/g3-hope%26lt%3B3/

TH Jedis (or Sith)
In this social group you can find other users who love Star Wars just as much as you do!
http://www.teenhelp.org/socialgroups...%28or+sith%29/

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Articles

Loving yourself
This article gives some ideas on how you can view yourself in a more positive way.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f80-m...ving-yourself/

Relaxation techniques
Relaxing can help loads on how you feel mentally and physically. This article explains a few ways to help you relax.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f80-m...on-techniques/

Making it happen: How to volunteer in your community

Have you ever wanted to get involved with your community? This article has some ideas on how you can do so.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f72-general/t31173-making-happen-how-volunteer-your-community/

Benefits of volunteering
This article explains some of the personal gains that come along with volunteering.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f72-g...-volunteering/

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Upcoming events

Discussion: Puberty and growing up (Saturday May 22nd 2010)

Adolescence can be a time of both great confusion and great change. From sex and puberty to the inevitable challenge of making the right choices, this discussion will help you to deal with the changes we must all face as young adults growing up.

Discussion: Depression (Saturday May 29th 2010)

Depression is a pattern of low moods that can affect all aspect's of your life, and is often accompanied by low self esteem, and withdrawal from emotional and social activities. This discussion will help you learn how to reach out for help, and begin a recovery from depression.

Discussion: Dealing with guilt (Saturday June 5th 2010)

Feelings of guilt can arise for many different reasons, each with their own unique origins. This discussion will help you learn to forgive yourself and move on from the past, whatever your past might be.

Discussion: Social anxiety (Saturday June 12th 2010)

Social anxiety is any of a number of fears arising through social interaction, and can range from more simple shyness to complicated patterns of debilitating fear. This discussion will help you to share and develop coping mechanisms, combat your fears and learn to help others living with social anxiety.

For more information about upcoming Facilitated Chat Room Discussions (FCRDs), and the times that these discussions will take place, please visit our FCRD page.

http://www.teenhelp.org/chat/discussions/

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Avatar is now out

Avatar is TeenHelp's very own monthly magazine. Each month we publish a series of high quality articles and other content produced by TeenHelp users. Highlights of the May issue include: Articles about the prom season, LGBT mental health, the truth behind eating disorders, and interesting information on doughnuts; as well as advice from the Editors on a number of problems, our support for the Special Olympics, and many other great pieces.

May 2010: http://www.teenhelp.org/avatar_files/2010/May2010.pdf
Avatar page: http://www.teenhelp.org/avatar/

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Statistics: 10,000 HelpLINK replies

In the last year our HelpLINK Mentor team has sent out over ten thousand emails to young people around the world!

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Donate to TeenHelp

In order to continue providing free services to young people around the world, TeenHelp requires a constant income of voluntary donations to support our regular costs. If you are able to, we ask that you please donate any money you can to us, even if it's only a few dollars.

http://www.teenhelp.org/donate/

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Our Facebook and Twitter pages are a great place to get a lot of high-quality information. We aim to connect you to interesting organisations, volunteering opportunities, events, news stories, pictures, videos, and more!

Facebook: http://www.teenhelp.org/facebook
Twitter: http://www.teenhelp.org/twitter

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Editorial team

Editor-in-Chief: Rob
Deputy Editor: Rianna (Rianna12)
Assistant Editor: Briana
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    That's great ^____^ I like the upcoming discussions list
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    Posted May 16th 2010 at 02:55 PM by Make Believe Make Believe is offline
 


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