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Newsletter #53 - New promotional poster; staying safe in the sun; how to treat acne

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Posted August 27th 2014 at 09:16 PM by TeenHelp

TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #53 - August 27th 2014 - 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.


New Newsletter Editor (August 20th 2014)

TeenHelp is pleased to welcome a new Newsletter Editor to the Newsletter Team. We congratulate and wish Rishy (Saiyouri) all the best in her new position!



New TeenHelp Poster (August 9th 2014)

TeenHelp's promotional poster has be re-designed. Its fresh new look is more eye-catching and printer friendly. To help promote TeenHelp, follow the link below. Try putting a poster up in your school, shopping centre or local library and help others find the support they need.



Latest videos (August 8th 2014)

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:

Nick Vujicic - Attitude is altitude

Nick Vuljicic provides a unique look at judgment, along with a unique story. His experiences will challenge you to look at yourself, and others differently. Watch this video to learn more about his story.

How to change a tyre

Getting a flat tyre can completely ruin your day, especially if you don’t know how to change the tyre to be able to get back on the road. Take a look at this video to get step-by-step instructions on how to change your tyre.

How to make a cheese omelette

Sometimes, making food can be a harder task than you are willing to tackle. However, this video provides you with tips and techniques to make a cheese omelette that anyone will enjoy!




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.



Pregnancy +

Pregnancy + is a mobile application that was developed to allow people to follow their pregnancy on a daily basis. By using Pregnancy +, you are able to log doctor appointments, personal weight, diets, and much more. Pregnancy + also offers you a variety of different features such as the ability to keep track of “kicks” and contractions, create a baby shopping list, browse thousands of baby names, and much more. Pregnancy + is very user friendly and is available for free on Apple devices through their application store.


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.


Safety in the sun

Warm, sunny weather can be great, but too much sunlight can cause problems. Minor issues include things like sunburn and peeling skin. However, excessive exposure to sunlight can cause serious damage to your body. Use these tips to stay safe while in the sun.
  • Hydrate. Water keeps your body healthy, so a lack of water can cause major issues. Perspiration releases water found in the body, so it is important to drink plenty of water to replenish what you've lost on hot days.
  • Wear sunscreen. This is seen as one of the most basic ways to protect against the sun, but finding the right sunscreen can be difficult. When picking out a sunscreen, make sure to take into account your skin type, skin sensitivity, and the type of rays that the sunscreen blocks (UVA and/or UVB). Keep in mind that waterproof sunscreen would be helpful for activities that involve water or exercise.
  • Cover up. Clothing can be one of your best defences from the summer sun. Sun hats, long sleeved shirts, and trousers (or even just a t-shirt over a bathing suit) cover up areas vulnerable to sun damage and save your skin from harmful rays.
  • Timing. The sun's rays are normally at their strongest in the middle of the day. When planning to go outside, try to pick times either in the morning or the evening to escape the worst of the sunlight and heat.


Treating acne

Acne is a skin condition that affects both teenagers and adults. It can cause embarrassment and lower your self-esteem. Follow these steps to keep acne under control.
  • Gently wash affected areas with a mild soap or cleanser, preferably once in the morning and once at night. Washing more than this can irritate the skin and aggravate the symptoms.
  • If you wear make-up, look out for non-comedogenic varieties, which won't clog up your pores. Remember to remove make-up completely before going to sleep.
  • Spots are bothersome, and it can be difficult to completely avoid touching your face and other affected areas, so wash your hands regularly, and keep your nails short. Avoid picking or squeezing spots as this can make them worse or cause scars.
  • If you have acne on your back, chest, shoulders or other areas of your body, wear loose clothing to let your skin breathe.
  • Over the counter remedies can be helpful, but visit your doctor if acne is an ongoing problem, or if it starts to take a toll on your self-esteem.


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.



I am back after five years! Some great news! A recovery win!
A user returns after five years to post an inspiring recovery story. Read the story here, and remember that recovery is possible.

Post pictures of your meals
Do you enjoy cooking, or have you eaten something particularly unusual or appetising recently? Share pictures of your meals here!

What are you looking forward to?
When you are having a challenging time, it can be helpful to think about events in the future that you are looking forward to. Share what you are looking forward to with others here.

What's the main computer you use?
Computers are popular devices, be it in the form of a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Which one do you use as your main computer?



Road trip
People often document their lives in different ways. Some people track it in a journal, while others take pictures. This user took photos of the clouds during a road trip.

Painting can be a great, relaxing hobby. In this album, one user shares some of her excellent paintings.



Writing down our achievements can increase positive emotions. This user wrote about her achievements this summer. What did you achieve? Take some time to reflect on your achievements, and maybe share it in a blog too!


Social Groups

Being invisible/left out
If you have ever had the feeling of being invisible or being left out, join this group to receive support and make some friends along the way. You are not alone.


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 2hot4u


Upcoming events

Discussion: Pregnancy and childcare (Saturday August 30th 2014)

Being pregnant, giving birth and raising a child are all challenging! You may never know what to fully expect during pregnancy, or while a child is growing up, but join us for this discussion and have some of your questions answered or share your knowledge.

Discussion: Dealing with triggers (Saturday September 6th 2014)

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: Dealing with prejudice (Saturday September 13th 2014)

Prejudice is forming an opinion without prior knowledge of the facts. It can sometimes lead to discrimination and have a detrimental affect on one's self-esteem. If you are having to deal with prejudice, join this discussion to learn how to cope.

Discussion: Building positive relationships (Saturday September 20th 2014)

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.

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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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.



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Editorial team

Newsletter Officer/Editor-in-Chief: Haley (Halcyon)
Senior Newsletter Editor: Chris (Chris)
Newsletter Editor: Jenna (Lucent.)
Newsletter Editor: Sammi (Masquerade.)
Newsletter Editor: Chess (Mercicle.)
Newsletter Editor: Rishy (Saiyouri)

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