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teenagers

Depression
October 27, 2017

How to know if your teen is depressed or suicidal

In 2012, public health in Oregon found that suicide rates pickup in January, after going down over December, and climb even more into February. That suggests that, perhaps, people who are depressed and feeling suicidal, may be postponing it over the festive season. As parents, it can be scary to even think about it. So when do you take the moodiness of your teenagers seriously, and how can you help them? What’s the Difference between Adult and Teen Depression? Depression in teens can look very different from depression in adults, and some of the most common symptoms of teen depression…
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Depression
April 24, 2017

Help your teen with depression

It’s normal for your teenager to feel sad, irritable and overly sensitive from time to time. But if these feelings don't go away or become more intense as time goes on, they may be suffering from depression. Teen depression is more than just moodiness; it’s a serious mental health problem that affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves. It can cause considerable distress at school or home, and needs to be treated – and teen depression isn't a sign of weakness. Recognise the signs Depression affects teenagers and adults differently. Symptoms may include: Sadness or hopelessness. Irritability, restlessness or agitation.…
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Food & nutrition
June 29, 2016

Make it easy for teens to eat well

Between teen girls worrying about weight and teen boys swinging on the fridge door because they’re always hungry, there has to be a way to balance out what they want and what they need – here are some suggestions. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
February 22, 2016

Prevent teen suicide!

Did you know that the third highest cause of teenage death (between ages 15 to 24) is suicide? Only homicide and car accidents rank higher! Current figures show that 9% of all SA teen deaths are suicide-related – so it’s time to sit up and pay attention. (more…)
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Depression
June 4, 2015

Dealing with the blues after your exams

WHAT! You’ve just finished exams and you’re not happy – how could you be feeling this way? For many, the end of exams signals the beginning of fun, relaxation and being stress free, but sometimes you feel worse than you did during your exams. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Let us help you understand why you feel like this. (more…)
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Parenting
April 16, 2015

Getting your teen to 21, safely

It all happens so fast! One minute you’re strapping his sleeping little form into a car-seat. Then, before you know it, he’s out practising death-defying skate-board moves on a busy street! (more…)
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Depression
February 20, 2014

Teen suicide prevention

This week is dedicated to Teen Suicide Prevention, and the focus is on creating awareness around the seriousness of teen depression, and what can be done to break the stigma surrounding it. (more…)
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Sexual Health
December 6, 2013

Condoms are all the rage in Plett

No matter what nervous parents might think about the annual Matric Rage in Plettenburg Bay, one great thing is emerging from news reports – teenagers are buying condoms by the crate load. To be honest, we’re not sure they’re always being used properly, as the sales of morning-after contraception pills has also gone through the roof, but the “condomise” message has clearly been received by SA teens. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
November 19, 2013

A student’s guide to healthy eating

Leaving home to study is an exciting time for many young adults, and it’s often the first step towards independence and reaching their career goals. While many students travel to and from varsity every day, others don’t have that option, and live in a residence or house-share. Being away from home often means that ‘res’ students end up eating an unhealthy diet, with ready meals, 2-minute noodles and high-fat cafeteria food making up the bulk of their daily meals. (more…)
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