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Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users. Parents and their kids need to prepare for the day it becomes legal in Canada in 2018. (Shutterstock)

Legal weed: What your kids really need to know

Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
Those who grow up in toxic environments are up to 12 times more likely to experience addiction, depression and to try to commit suicide. (Shutterstock)

Teen suicide is on the rise and this is why

World Suicide Prevention Day draws attention to the rising tide of teenagers taking their own lives. "Toxic socialization" involving emotional and physical abuse in families is a major cause.
Many health professionals don’t know how to support transgender young people when they seek help. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Almost half of trans young people try to end their lives. How can we reduce this alarming statistic?

We all have a responsibility to improve the well-being of Australian young people, and the current rates of poor mental health in our trans young people aren't good enough.
Generic plotting of ‘green space’ on an urban plan does not target mental wellbeing unless it is designed to engage us with the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Zoe Myers

Green for wellbeing – science tells us how to design urban spaces that heal us

Successful parks and urban green spaces encourage us to linger, to rest, to walk for longer. That, in turn, provides the time to maximise the restorative mental benefits.
In Australia, same-sex attracted young people are six times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their heterosexual peers. from shutterstock.com

Legalising same-sex marriage will help reduce high rates of suicide among young people in Australia

Same-sex attracted people have poorer mental health than their heterosexual peers, but In jurisdictions that have legalised same-sex marriage, the gap between the two is much smaller.
Indigenous research participants described a connection to the land as fundamental to their physical, social, psychological and spiritual health.

Back to the land: How one Indigenous community is beating the odds

One First Nations community stands out in northern Ontario, for its low rates of suicide and other mental health challenges. The residents say it's all about their connection to the land.

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