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TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #39 - June 22nd 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!


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 (June 15th 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:

Anti-bullying campaign

Celebrities come together in this video to promote an anti-bullying campaign. Each celebrity recites a few lines of a poem, which is a powerful way to make people stop and think twice about bullying.

Self harm

Self harm is a way of coping with emotional pain, but it is maladaptive. In this video, a nurse consultant explains why some young people may resort to self harm, and the different forms in which it can manifest itself. A former self harmer also gives advice on how to get the right support.


Phobias can be very debilitating and can severely interfere with our lives. This video discusses the difference between a fear and phobia, as well as the treatment options that are available to help you overcome them.

How to survive a break up

When a relationship breaks down, it can become very difficult to cope with even the simple routines in life. This video gives helpful advice on the different ways you can get through a break up.



Latest articles (June 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:

Spread the word to end the word

This campaign is aiming to raise awareness of intellectual disabilities and encourage ‘people-first’ language. This article explains why the campaign is important and how you can help, as well as some of the basics of understanding intellectual disabilities.

The most important aspect of any relationship

In any relationship, whether it be platonic, romantic, or professional, it can be hard to determine the most important aspect, that one thing which should be focused on more than anything else. This article argues that this aspect is communication, and goes on to explain what exactly it is, why it’s important, and how you can improve it.

Barrier contraceptives: going beyond the external condom

Most people are familiar with one of the basic methods of contraception: the condom. However, there are many other methods, some of which may even be more suitable in certain situations and for particular people. This article explores a few of these methods and explains why contraceptives are important.




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.



NIDA Information for Students and Young Adults

NIDA Information for Students and Young Adults is a website that aims to lead scientific research on the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and addiction. The website contains facts and figures about the different types of drugs, interviews with scientists, podcasts, and much more. There are several educational resources and materials available, which is suitable for students and young adults wishing to learn more.



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.


Avoiding summer boredom

Summer is a favourite time of year for many. The pressures of school can finally be cast aside with the knowledge that there are three months of freedom to be enjoyed. However, those three months can start dragging on when it seems like there is nothing new left to do. That's what these tips are for! Use them to destroy the boredom that can start to creep in a few weeks into summer and make this your best one yet!
  • Spontaneity is key! Summer is the time to take chances and create new memories; if there is something that you have never tried before, use these three months as an opportunity to try something new. Some of the best hobbies, restaurants, or new hangouts can be discovered simply by saying yes to something new instead of sticking with routine.
  • Although being spontaneous is great, some events call for a little more planning. Maybe you have always wanted to go to a certain music festival. Maybe there is a trip that you have been wanting to take that you can finally afford. Stop wishing for those things and start putting them into action. Budget for whatever it is you want to do. If it's a group activity, find people who are interested in going with you. Even though bigger events do take a lot of planning, it is better than wondering what it would be like if you were there.
  • Stay out of the house as much as possible! Yes, summer is a time to relax and that does include vegging out, but your home is one of the quickest places for you to get bored. Call up some friends and hang out by the local pool with snacks and a good book. Visit the local bowling alley or movie theatre. Even things as simple as going for a coffee or a bite to eat with a friend can bring some entertainment back into summer.


How to make a fruit smoothie

Fruit smoothies are a delicious, healthy and fun way to keep cool in the summer months. Follow this basic method and you'll be enjoying a fruit smoothie in no time.
  • Choose a selection of fruit, either fresh or frozen. If you are using fresh fruit, cut it into small pieces. If you are using frozen fruit, then you won't need to use as much ice later. Finding a delicious combination of fruit is part of what makes creating your own fruit smoothie enjoyable.
  • Next, choose a liquid part to use. This could include dairy milk, soy milk, yoghurt, fruit juice, or water.
  • Add the fruit into a blender or food processor, pour the liquid on top and add a couple of ice cubes. If you find that the mixture is too thick later, more ice cubes can be added afterwards. Do be careful not to make the blender/food processor too full. Start blending on a low setting and gradually increase it to a medium setting.
  • If you want to treat yourself, try blending a little vanilla ice cream or frozen yoghurt into the mixture.
  • Once everything has been blended thoroughly, you may wish to taste the smoothie, as you can tweak the flavour before serving. If it is not sweet enough, perhaps add a little icing sugar, honey or another sweetener of your choice.
  • When you are happy with the taste, pour the smoothie into serving glasses and garnish with a fruit or two!


How to get a good night's sleep

Lack of sleep can have a big impact on how you feel during the day. Here are some tips on how you can change your routine for a better night's sleep.
  • Keep active during the day, so that you will feel tired at night.
  • Try to eat a few hours before going to sleep, and avoid drinking too much later in the evening, as it may interrupt your sleep.
  • Engage in calming activities before you sleep, such as reading a book, meditation, reflecting on the best parts of the day, and having a warm bath. Having a relaxing routine is a way of telling your body that it is time to rest.
  • Ensure that your bedroom is dark enough; consider wearing an eye mask if you are sensitive to light. Also make sure that the bedroom temperature is comfortable, as being too warm or too cold can affect how well you sleep.
  • Avoid any situations that may stress you during the few hours before bedtime. If you find that your mind is full of thoughts about what you need to do the next day, or if you are occupied by other worries, write them all down to help clear your mind for the night.
  • Remove distractions; try not to fall asleep in front of the television, and switch your cell phone to silent mode to avoid disturbances during the night.


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.



What do you like about your body?
We spend so much time focusing on the things that we dislike about ourselves. Take a minute to share what you like about your body and find out what other users like about theirs.

Childhood firsts
At one point or another, we've heard stories about the silly things we did when we were younger. Share some of those stories with other users here.

Recovery story
Recovering from a disorder can be a long and difficult journey. However, it is possible. This user triumphs over a battle she has won; perhaps this will serve as inspiration along your journey.

We are all good at different things. Check out this fantastic poem written by one of our users.



Visiting the Maldives
One TeenHelp users has turned their blog into a bucket list. Perhaps this may inspire you to create your own list and work towards your own goals.


Social Groups

People who are just different
If you have ever been ostracised or made fun of for being different, this group is for you. Meet fellow geeks and discuss anything you wish without being judged, and celebrate your unique abilities here!

Social anxiety support group
Social anxiety can be a debilitating disorder, but if you are currently suffering from it, you are not alone. Join this group for advice from your peers, to offer your support to other users, and to make new friends along the way.


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 Illuminate


Upcoming events

Discussion: Building positive relationships (Saturday June 22nd 2013)

Relationships between family members, friends and significant others each come with their own difficulties, but knowing how to overcome the obstructions to your relationships is essential if they are to be fulfilling for you. Join this discussion to look at how to build positive relationships with those you care about.

Discussion: Nutrition and healthy living (Saturday June 29th 2013)

Do you wish to change your habits in order to lead a healthier lifestyle? From feeling better about yourself to an improved immune system, establishing a healthier lifestyle now will enable you to reap the benefits for years to come. Join this discussion to learn about maintaining a healthy diet, proper exercise and other aspects of getting the most out of your health.

Discussion: Maximising your productivity (Saturday July 6th 2013)

Whether you are 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: Learning to make friends (Saturday July 13th 2013)

Friends can be a great source of comfort, warmth and support, and bring fun and enjoyment to our lives. Yet many of us find it difficult to make and keep friends. Join this discussion for advice building strong friendships and reinforcing the friendship that you may already have.

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