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Newsletter #8 - Join our Staff team; get your ideal job; keep children safe.

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Posted November 16th 2010 at 12:41 AM by TeenHelp
Updated November 17th 2011 at 05:27 PM by Rob

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TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #8 - November 15th 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!


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.


Staff vacancies (November 11th 2010 onwards)

Do you want to be part of a team of caring and motivated young people from around the world? Are you interested in a career in psychology or a similar field? Maybe you just like to help? No matter your level of experience or knowledge, TeenHelp has numerous unique volunteering opportunities for you!
  • Do you enjoy sharing your experiences, insight, and advice? Apply today to be a HelpLINK Mentor or Live Help Operator and become part of TeenHelp's dedicated team of support and advice Staff, helping thousands of young people every year.
  • Are you a writer or interested in graphic design? Positions in TeenHelp's magazine, Avatar, are also open! Currently available positions include Graphics Editor, Deputy Graphics Editor, and Sub-Editor of Fun and Games.
  • Looking for volunteer opportunities with flexibility? Consider joining TeenHelp's Social Networking Team, or applying to be an Associate Staff member, and enjoy the flexibility of helping out on your own schedule!



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




Erowid works with academic, medical, and experiential experts to offer a comprehensive bank of information about thousands of psychoactive drugs and related issues. They publish non-judgemental information about drugs ranging from caffeine to pharmaceuticals, including the drug's description, potential side effects, frequently asked questions, and related laws and history. Erowid also provides images and testimonies based on personal experiences with drugs, both positive and negative. Their website is a great place to deepen your knowledge of substance use.



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.


How to do well in a job interview

So you've made it through the application process and have successfully landed a job interview, but how do you excel in it? Here are a few quick tips to help you perform well.
  • Dress well and use fragrance sparingly, as first impressions do count.
  • Make eye contact, maintain good posture, and speak clearly.
  • Prepare yourself by anticipating which questions may be asked and rehearsing answers to them, to avoid being stumped during the interview.
  • Promote your strengths, but be truthful at all times.
  • Research the company and prepare a few relevant questions to ask at the end of the interview.
Stay calm, take deep breaths, and focus on doing your best - good luck! For more advice on your job search, please visit: http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f22-education-careers/


Long distance relationships

Long distance relationships can be a struggle, but with school commitments and the holiday season approaching, they can be particularly challenging. Here are some tips to help make coping with the distance a little easier.
  • Try and communicate every day.
  • Express your feelings. Let your partner know when you are upset and why.
  • Have 'date nights' by spending time online where you only talk to your partner.
  • Surprise your partner with letters and cards, to remind them how you feel about them.
  • Trust one another. Without trust, the relationship won't work.
  • Plan to visit your partner as often as you can; seeing each other every few months may help to prevent stress on the relationship.
If you have any other questions, or want more help, stop by the Relationships and Dating forum: http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f9-relationships-dating/


Child safety

If there children under your care, it is important that you ensure they are kept safe and any potential injuries are prevented. The following are some ways you can do this:
  • Children should always wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards when riding a bicycle, skateboarding, ice-skating, or engaging in other dangerous sports.
  • If a child is under twelve years of age, they should be placed in the backseat when riding in a car.
  • After a baby has reached one year of age and exceeds twenty pounds, you may place them in a front facing child seat. When the child is four years old and over forty pounds, they may just use a booster seat and the standard seat belt.
  • Never leave a child unattended. If you do see a child alone, whether it is in a store or in a car, seek help from a suitable person immediately, such as a store manager.
  • Childproof the house. Make sure all cupboards are locked and doors are closed.
If you would like to learn more about keeping a child safe, please visit: http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f7-pregnancy-childcare/


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.



No Shave November
That's right, November is dedicated to all guys who want to go a month without shaving. Can you do it? Check out this thread for tips on how to grow your beard!

What makes you feel attractive/beautiful/etc.?
What is one thing that makes you feel good about yourself? Whether it is a warm shower, receiving a compliment, or a nice night out, we want to know!

What did you learn today?
There is always a lesson to learn in life, no matter how small. Everyday is an opportunity to learn from both our experience and a variety of media. What did you learn today? Share your knowledge with us! Who knows, maybe you'll learn something new in the process.


Social Groups

Artists of TH
Do you enjoy drawing, writing, composing music or taking photographs? This social group supports art in all forms and is a great way to meet people with similar interests. What are you waiting for? Join the fun and swap a few ideas with your fellow artists!

Do you love Glee? Never miss an episode? Do you consider yourself a Gleek? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this social group is for you!


Upcoming events

Discussion: Substance use (Saturday November 20th 2010)

Substance use may start with experimentation, but can often lead to dependency, the consequences of which can vary from minor risks to life threatening situations. If you are struggling with substance use, or want to help a loved one, this discussion can support you through it.

Discussion: Addictive behaviours (Saturday November 27th 2010)

An addictive behaviour is any activity that a person has become intensely focused or dependent on, to the detriment of other areas of their life, such as school, work or relationships. If you or a loved one are struggling with a non-substance related addiction, such as gambling, sex, or the Internet, join this discussion to learn more and to find ways to cope.

Discussion: Relationships (Saturday December 4th 2010)

Relationships of all kinds have their ups and downs. Whether you're having trouble with a family member, friend, or significant other, this discussion will help you to answer any questions you may have.

Discussion: Rape and abuse (Saturday December 11th 2010)

Rape or abuse may feel impossible to talk about, but whether it is verbal, physical, or emotional, you are not alone! This discussion will connect you with others and help you to cope with what you are going through.

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



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. In October's issue there are articles about being smart on the streets, coping with hyperhidrosis and the history of Hallowe'en. In November's issue there are articles about the mining accident in Chile, the power of speech and National Novel Writing Month. Both issues also tackle a number of problems sent in by our readers, provide a series of games and fun bits, and many other great pieces.

October 2010: http://www.teenhelp.org/links/click.php?id=10
November 2010: http://www.teenhelp.org/links/click.php?id=13
Avatar page: http://www.teenhelp.org/avatar/



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Deputy Editor: Briana
Assistant Editor: Brittany (.Brittany.)
Assistant Editor: Haley (Halcyon)
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