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Newsletter #20 - Getting a good night's sleep; job interview advice; how to break a bad habit.

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Posted November 17th 2011 at 09:00 PM by TeenHelp
Updated December 17th 2011 at 04:33 PM by Rob

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TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #20 - November 17th 2011 - 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.


Latest videos (November 7th 2011)

Due to the hard work of our new Videos Team, over the last several months we have seen many great additions to our Videos section. More videos are being added all the time, so check regularly to see all our favourite picks! Some of our latest additions include:

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of life; lack of sleep can make us feel irritable and moody, as well as having difficulty functioning throughout the day. This video contains information on what foods and drinks to avoid before going to bed, the ideal position for a good night's sleep, how to understand your body's natural body clock, and when you should buy a new mattress.

What To Do Before The Job Interview

There are a number of preparations that we must do in order to succeed at a job interview. This video covers what you will need to research before going to an interview, how to dress and look professional, what to bring, and what to avoid during the interview.

How To Ace A Job Interview

By watching this video you will learn about getting yourself in the right mindset before the interview, how to acknowledge your positive qualities, how and when to give examples about past experiences, and what questions you should prepare to ask the interviewer.

How To Stop Bullying

Bullying can happen to anyone, at any age, whether it be in the form of emotional, verbal or physical abuse. This video will help you to recognise bullying behaviour, how to react to a bully, when to get people involved, and how to accept who you are as a person.



New Project Advisors (October 20th 2011)

TeenHelp is pleased to welcome two new members to the Project Advisor team. Keeley (Boxxy) and Kitty (Kitty.), who have taken on these roles, are both fantastic, dedicated volunteers who truly deserve to become Project Advisors. With the additional responsibilities their new positions give them, both will continue to play an important part in the running of TeenHelp. We wish them success in their new roles; congratulations!




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.



National Center for Learning Disabilities

Founded in 1977, the National Centre for Learning Disabilities aims to ensure that people with learning disabilities are successful in school, in work, and in life. The website contains facts about learning disabilities, how to support learning at home, a free 'Get Ready to Read' screening tool, and a variety of articles written from a parent's perspective. This is a great resource with a vast amount of information and tools available for those wishing to learn more about learning disabilities.



The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation devoted to supporting grieving families who have lost a child of any age. The website contains information about local chapters, scheduled online chats, and useful links and resources to websites and organisations around the world. If you have recently lost a child or sibling, you will no doubt find support, in a safe environment, amongst compassionate friends.



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 break a bad habit

Breaking a bad habit is difficult but not impossible, and it can be done with patience and persistence. Here are a few tips to get you started.
  • Try to understand your habit - why do you do what you do, and what stops you from getting rid of it? - and admit to yourself that you have bad habit.
  • Think of a more positive alternative to deal with your feelings or situation, and pick one to put into practice. Ask yourself, "Is my current action or behaviour worth the consequence?" The key is to find a substitute that is not bad for you.
  • Focus on the change for thirty consecutive days to allow a new, better habit to be formed. Mark off on a calendar each successful day that you have implemented the change. Don't beat yourself up if you have a relapse, but start again on day one.
  • Tell your friends and family about your intentions so that they can support and encourage you.
  • Be patient and kind to yourself, as habits can be so automatic that you may not realise your actions until you are already doing it.


Staying safe in the snow

The snow has begun to fall in many places. With snow comes hazard. Here are some tips to staying safe in the snow!
  • Layering clothes is the best way to stay warm and toasty in the snow. Wear thermals and a warm winter jacket. Make sure you have a good set of snow boots, and don't forget the hat, scarfs, and gloves! Snow gear can be expensive, but it will keep you warm and safe, and reduce the risk of getting sick.
  • Drink plenty of liquids (water, hot chocolate, tea, etc). Most people are under the impression that staying hydrated is only needed for hot weather, but that is not true! When you are outside and breathing hard, you lose a lot of your body's water through your breath. Drinking hot beverages can keep you hydrated and warm at the same time.
  • If you drive, make sure you have snow tyres or chains. This can prevent accidents, such as sliding off the road due to ice. Drive slower in ice and snow, as if you had to make a quick decision, this would better ensure your safety.
  • Make a winter emergency kit! Stock your house with food that can last for a while, water, warm clothes, blankets, a first aid kit, a radio, and other essentials, in case you get snowed in and can't leave your house.
  • Know your body. Frostbite can occur if you spend prolonged periods of time in the snow. If you feel that your hand, toes, cheeks, nose, etc are numb, it could be frostbite. If you suspect you have frostbite, call a doctor. And in the mean time hold the affected area to something warm, such as warm water. Never put your hand to something hot, as that can be damaging as well.


Things to do during the Christmas holiday

The Christmas vacation is approaching, and many of you will have lots of free time on your hands. So how will you ensure that you have an enjoyable time and make the most of your holiday? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
  • Spend some time with your friends just catching up and having a night in. Share a bowl of popcorn and catch a movie on the television.
  • Spend the days that your parents aren't working in their company. You could do arts and crafts, decorate the house and the Christmas tree or play family games.
  • Christmas is also about spreading joy. Maybe you could volunteer at a homeless shelter, or have a clear out and donate some old toys or games to a children's charity.
  • Do something that you will be proud of, such as writing a short story.
  • Have some quiet time for yourself to reflect upon the year. What went well? What didn't go so well? And prepare yourself for the coming year.


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.



Starting a movement
Have you ever wanted to make a positive difference? This threads highlights many of the ways that TeenHelp users hope to change the world. Hopefully you will find the stories and ambitions shared within inspiring, and maybe you have your own ideas to build a better world for all of us.

If you had three wishes...
Imagination can be a powerful thing, letting you make things the way you'd like them. If you could do any three things to change your life or the world around you, what would they be? Would you do something charitable, something for yourself, or a bit of both?

Celebrity crushes
When we're growing up we all have our own little crushes on famous people, whose beauty and/or talent stand out for us as something special. This thread showcases the secret celebrity crushes of TeenHelp's users.


Social Groups

Having self-esteem and being sociable doesn't always come naturally, and life events can also change the way you see yourself, but you are not alone. Join this group to make new friends, to help others and to get support.

Animal Rights
Do you love animals and want to put an end to animal cruelty? Do you believe that animals have rights and and that all animals should be treated humanely? If so, join this group to meet like-minded people, and to discuss your own views.


Upcoming events

Discussion: Depression and suicide (Saturday November 19th 2011)

Depression is a pattern of low moods that can affect all aspects 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 to recover from depression.

Discussion: Maximising your productivity (Saturday November 26th 2011)

Whether you're in school, university or the world of work, maintaining your productivity is an essential part of life. Join this discussion to learn how to stay focused, plan your workload effectively and fight off the temptation of procrastination.

Discussion: Self harm (Saturday December 3rd 2011)

Self harm is a significant problem for many young people today. This discussion will explore alternatives, solutions and ways to seek advice in the face of this widespread and often misunderstood issue.

Discussion: Living with mental illness (Saturday December 10th 2011)

Although one in four people experience mental health problems, there is regrettably still a stigma attached to it, which prevents people from seeking help. Consequently, living with a mental illness can be a particularly isolating time. If you're concerned about your mental health, join this discussion to discuss day-to-day coping techniques, how to reach out to professionals and other aspects of living with mental illness.

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




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