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Newsletter #38 - Good diet for good mental health; having fun in the rain; avoiding procrastination on the computer.

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TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #38 - May 18th 2013 - 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 Live Help system (May 7th 2013)

TeenHelp has begun using a new software for Live Help this month. The new program provides an attractive, easy to use system for TeenHelp's users to seek advice from our volunteer mentors. The new system should prove more reliable and flexible for us, with greater control and integration with the rest of our site.

http://www.teenhelp.org/livehelp/

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Latest videos (May 13th 2013)

Due to the hard work of our Videos Team, we continue to see 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:

The power of vulnerability

'Researcher-storyteller' Brene Brown discusses 'leaning into the discomfort', human connections, confidence, and vulnerability in a passionate and personal talk. If you are self-conscious or uncertain, this video can help you tap into your innate feelings of self-worth and use it to your advantage.

How to fight depression through your diet

There are many treatments out there for depression, many of which involve going to see a psychological professional; however, one of the most simple, healthy ways you can improve both your physical and mental health is to manage your diet effectively. This video gives some tips on how you can ensure that your diet helps to minimise your risk or the effects of depression.

Dealing with divorce

If your parents divorce, it can be a difficult and upsetting time for you, and you might not be sure how things are going to change. This video offers answers to questions such as 'Will I have to choose between my parents?' and 'Is the divorce my fault?', as well as some other factors you may need to consider.

How to hack your to do list

This short, fun video gives some easy-to-follow tips about being organised, how to prioritise, and information about why it's important to have effective todo lists.

http://www.teenhelp.org/videos/latest/

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Latest articles (May 1st 2013)

Our team of talented writers bring our users a constant stream of fresh articles to read each month. Articles are being published regularly, so be sure to check regularly to see what we're doing. Some of our latest additions include:

Men with eating disorders

While most people are aware that all people are susceptible to developing eating disorders, there isn’t as much information available about disorders in relation to men as there is about women. This article explains the differences between men and women when it comes to eating disorders, some signs that a male might be developing or might have an eating disorder, and the difficulties men with these disorders may face.

A review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon’s ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was a television series that aired from 1997-2003. Despite the fact that it ended a decade ago, it remains popular with the original audience and new generations of fans. This article gives a brief overview of the premise of the series, as well as some of the reasons it is worth watching.

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Even people outside the Catholic faith are probably aware that Pope Benedict XVI recently resigned; he was succeeded by Pope Francis in March. This article gives an overview of the role of the papacy, its history, how the news was received, as well as some information about the future of both Joseph Ratzinger (formerly Pope Benedict XVI) and the new Pope.

http://www.teenhelp.org/articles/

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Affiliates

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.

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

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Getting-In

Getting-In is an educational website devoted to helping students in the United Kingdom from GCSE level onwards. The website is staffed by experts and professionals and provides GCSE and A-Level revision guides as well as a bank of past exam papers to help students study. It also provides many informative articles including advice about student finance, taking a gap year, university interviews, advice on how to write a personal statement and more. There is also is a separate section, which is dedicated to careers, and includes information about apprenticeships, starting your own business, writing a cover letter and more. This is a great resource for students making the transition from school to university and into the world of work.

http://www.getting-in.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.

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Making the most out of miserable weather

If it’s cold or wet outside, you may be tempted to stay inside until the weather clears up – but if you’re enthusiastic (and careful) you can enjoy your time outside no matter what the weather. Here are some fun activities you can try:
  • If it’s been raining, go down to the local creek or stream and have leaf races with a friend: you each place a leaf in the creek, then let the water carry it to a designated spot: whoever’s leaf gets there first wins.
  • Jump in puddles! This is something many of you will have done as children, but you’re never too old for it. Just make sure you’re wearing the right shoes, and be careful not to splash anyone else.
  • Dance in the rain. This may sound silly, but it’s actually a lot of fun – especially if you do it with a friend. Just don’t stay out too long, and make sure you dry yourself off properly when you get back inside.
  • If it’s cold, you can go on a winter picnic – dress yourself up warmly and take lots of warm food and drink (like soup and hot cocoa) outside. You can set it up like a regular picnic (complete with basket and blanket), but just be make sure you don’t get too cold – be especially careful if you take children, because they can get cold a lot more easily.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f219-lifestyle/

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Staying focused while using the computer

When working on the computer, many of us are susceptible to the many distractions lurking on the Internet and elsewhere around us. Here are some tips on how you can stay focused while using the computer, so you can use your time more productively.
  • Clutter on our computer desktops can distract us, so minimise the amount of files and programs on the desktop. Organise files into folders so you can easily retrieve them, and choose a simple desktop wallpaper.
  • Manage your notifications. Having notifications 'pop up' while working can be a major distraction. Instead of visual notifications, consider using audio alerts as the sound can be muted, rather than having to adjust settings each time you want to be productive.
  • Consider the websites that distract you and disable them for a certain period of time. If you use a PC, try LeechBlock (in Firefox) or StayFocusd (in Chrome). If you use a Mac computer, try using the application SelfControl. These applications will effectively block those distracting websites for as long as you need to focus on your work.
  • Control your social time. Rather than replying to an e-mail as soon as you receive it, try batch processing, where you respond to several e-mails in one go. This method can also be applied to social networking websites.
  • Prioritise your tasks and set aside time for each. Use a timer and begin working, focusing on that one task. Twenty-minute intervals may be a good starting place, then gradually build up to a longer time periods.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f22-education-careers/

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How to save money on fuel

With fuel prices at a tremendous high, driving economically is important if you want to save money. If you want to save money on fuel, the following tips may help.
  • If you are going on a long journey or using an unfamiliar route, plan ahead. Check the map and roadworks before setting out, take a Sat Nav with you, and if you get lost, stop and ask for directions.
  • Remove all excess weight. For example, clear out the boot/trunk and take off the roof rack when it is not in use.
  • On a hot day, open windows and avoid using the air conditioning for short journeys.
  • Fill your tank up to its full capacity, and don't refuel for the sake of topping up the tank; this will cut down on your trips to the petrol station.
  • Drive smoothly and at a consistent speed where possible, as sharp acceleration and heavy braking will use up more fuel. Also, try to anticipate the traffic and the stop signs ahead, so that you can slow down in good time and maintain a lower speed rather than coming to a halt. Stopping and starting constantly will burn fuel faster.
  • Consider car sharing, combining trips, and always park in the first space you find.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f256-finances/

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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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Threads

How long have you been living here?
Discovering your ancestry can be exciting and illuminating. Read this thread to find out the history of some of TeenHelp's users and begin the journey of discovery for your own ancestry.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f3-ge...n-living-here/

Why aren't you vegetarian/vegan?
Having different viewpoints and opinions isn't always a bad thing, especially if you communicate them (calmly) with others - have a look at this thread to find out different sides of an issue, and maybe even express your own thoughts.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f184-...etarian-vegan/

What have you achieved today?
Even if you haven't quite achieved that big goal you're working towards, each day you can still do something worthwhile. Use this thread to share your achievements and to encourage others.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f29-g...chieved-today/

What does your name mean?
In this thread users share the origins and meanings of their names. Join in the conversation and let others know your name's story!
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f35-g...our-name-mean/

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Blogs

You deserve to live
If you're feeling low, you may like to look at this blog for some inspiring and uplifting words to remind you that your life is worth living.
http://www.teenhelp.org/blogs/l3%40h...-deserve-live/

I will become what I deserve
It can be hard to hold onto hope and not let go of your dreams; if you're struggling, read this blog entry to lift your spirits and encourage you to make the changes you need in order to let yourself grow.
http://www.teenhelp.org/blogs/illumi...hat-i-deserve/

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Albums

Another animal rescue
People are naturally compassionate, and many people express this through caring for animals. This user shares their heartwarming story (and pictures!) of rescuing an orphaned raccoon.
http://www.teenhelp.org/albums/perfe...mal+rescue%21/

Sketches
For some people, drawing can be a way to express themselves and release pent-up emotions, or just to relax and have fun. Check out this user's sketches - maybe they'll inspire you to make some of your own!
http://www.teenhelp.org/albums/rhyfelwr/a2991-sketches/

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Picture Of The Month

Each month we feature a picture by one of our users. If you would like to see your picture here please contact us by replying to this Newsletter, emailing us at contact@teenhelp.org, or messaging our Newsletter Officer (Halcyon) on the website.



Picture by Coexist.

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Upcoming events

Discussion: Effective study skills (Saturday May 18th 2013)

If you are aspiring to achieve good grades throughout your school life, it is important to adopt effective study skills. This discussion will help you to develop good study habits, including creating the optimum study environment, avoiding distractions, time management, and more, as well as answering any questions that you may have.

Discussion: Building confidence and self-esteem (Saturday May 25th 2013)

If you have low confidence or self-esteem you may find yourself unable to carry out certain tasks or feeling that you are disliked by others. These feelings might hold you back and stop you from enjoying life to its fullest. Join this discussion to learn techniques to give your self-esteem a boost, and how to work on building confidence for a more fulfilling lifestyle.

Discussion: Coping with addiction (Saturday June 1st 2013)

Addiction can come in many different forms - to substances, alcohol, gambling, sex or the Internet. Addiction can be detrimental to other areas of a person's life, such as school, work or relationships. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, join this discussion to learn more and to find ways to cope.

Discussion: Dealing with triggers (Saturday June 8th 2013)

Triggers are anything that reminds you of negative feelings or makes you want to perform unhealthy or dangerous behaviours. Often these are unavoidable parts of life and are tough to deal with on your own. This discussion will help you learn to control any urges the triggers may cause and how to prevent them from affecting you.

Discussion: Depression and suicide (Saturday June 15th 2013)

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.

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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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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Our social networking 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!

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Editorial team

Newsletter Officer/Editor-in-Chief: Haley (Halcyon)
Assistant Editor: Chess (Syzygy.)
Assistant Editor: Lyndsee (Glitter.)
Assistant Editor: Sammi (Masquerade.)
Assistant Editor: Rianna (Starlight.)

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