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Newsletter #110 - Making fire starters; ways to prepare for summer classes; how to make strawberry lemon punch.

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Posted May 25th 2019 at 10:11 PM by TeenHelp

TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #110 - May 25th 2019 - 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, new resources, 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 Articles (May 5th 2019)

7 myths of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that causes pain and other symptoms in those who have it. However, many people do not fully understand what this condition is. This article dispels some of the myths about fibromyalgia.

The benefits of blogging
Have you ever debated starting a blog? Read this article to learn about what blogs can be used for and why it can be beneficial to start one.

The Daughter of the Pirate King: a review
The Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller tells the story of Alosa, the daughter of a pirate king, who gets sent on an adventure to retrieve a treasure map. Read this user's review of the book and see if you'd like to pick it up yourself.

Ethiopian Airlines plane crash
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing crashed on March 10, 2019. This article shares information about the plane crash and what happened.



Updates to the Queer Dictionary (April 28th 2019)

TeenHelp's Queer Dictionary has been updated to include new definitions and make it more inclusive. Check out the updated version to learn more about different terms used in the LGBT+ community.




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.



Crisis Text Line

If you are struggling in a crisis you can contact Crisis Text Line where you will be connected with a crisis counselor. They can chat with you and help you find healthy ways to cope with your crisis.



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 make your own fire starters

Whether it is getting warmer or cooler, the weather is making a switch for a lot of people in different parts of the world. Some people like to enjoy time with family and friends by having a campfire, but they can be difficult to start sometimes! Read on to learn how to make your own fire starters.
  • Gather your materials. You're going to need wax (from candles or wax melts), toilet paper or paper towel rolls, and dryer lint. Note: you might have to collect dryer lint for a bit of time before you are able to create your fire starters to make sure you have enough.
  • Prepare your cardboard rolls. If your rolls are too long, try cutting them in half. Next, slip dryer lint inside the roll. It should be mostly filled, but not completely.
  • Light your candles or plug in your wax melts. If you are using candles, be sure to melt enough of the candle; you want to have a decent sized wax puddle. If you're using wax melts, melt the entire piece of wax.
  • Complete your fire starters. When the wax is melted, pour it on the inside of the cardboard roll and let it solidify. Watch your fingers! Melted wax can be messy, so it may help to stand over a sink.
  • Give it a try! Next time you or someone you know is in the mood for a small campfire, use one of your fire starters to give the fire a nudge in the right direction.


Preparing for summer classes

The United States is one of the areas heading toward summer days. While K-12 and some college students are taking a break from school, some college students take summer courses to keep busy or earn their degree faster. Here are some ways to prepare for summer courses.
  • Allow some time for self-care and other activities. Summer classes are often condensed, which means more material will be covered and tested on in a shorter amount of time. Students will spend a lot of time studying, so it helps to try self-care and other fun activities before the semester begins if the time is available.
  • Create a balance between studying, other commitments, and free time. As mentioned above, summer courses tend to be stressful because they are shorter. Studying on top of other commitments can be very overwhelming and overbearing at times. Find time for yourself throughout the semester; pencil in the self-care if you need to.
  • Look at payment options early. Summer classes can be harder to pay for, especially if students do not have assistance or grants for the summer months. Try going online (or visiting your school) to set up an installment payment plan. The earlier you set it up, the smaller your down payment and other payments will be.
  • Use your resources. Resources should be used during any semester, but taking advantage of them is especially important during the summer. Use your textbook, handouts, notes, videos, or any PowerPoints your instructor provides. If you are unsure whether or not you will need to purchase or rent a textbook, contact your instructor (if they have been assigned early).
  • Get and keep yourself organized. Organization, from having a schedule to knowing where your papers are, is crucial when classes are so short. Keep a designated area to study and try other organization strategies such as using an academic planner (you can link your social and school calendar), trying color coding for each class, or taking notes in colorful pens to keep yourself engaged in the material.


Strawberry lemon punch

For a lot of people summer is upon us and that can mean a lot of gatherings with family and friends. This recipe is quick and easy to make and would be a great one to try for your next gathering.
  • Gather your ingredients. This recipe calls for 1 can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, 1 pint of fresh strawberries, 6 1/4 a cup of cold water, and 1 quart of ginger ale.
  • Process the ingredients. You will need to process the lemonade concentrate, the strawberries and one cup of water in a food processor.
  • Combine remaining ingredients. Pour the punch mixture into a punch bowl. Stir in the remaining water and gradually add the ginger ale. If you like, you can garnish with fresh strawberries.


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.



TH Book club pick
TeenHelp's book club is a fun way to both read more and get involved with members on the site through book discussions. The poll to vote for the next book closes on May 25th. Be sure to vote for the books you are interested in!

Fish are peaceful pets to take care of and observe. This user recently set up a 20 gallon tank to house some fish in. Do you have fish? If so, what type and how many?

Meghan and Harry recently welcomed their first child, Archie, into the world. What are your thoughts on the name Archie, and why do you feel that way?

Is my therapist right for me?
Starting therapy can be challenging, and deciding whether or not your therapist is right for you is one of those challenges. Share your thoughts for this user, or put the thoughts into use in your own life.


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 publications@teenhelp.org, or messaging our Newsletter Officer (.:Bibliophile:.) on the website.

Picture by SunShine2002


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.



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