From 2021, it will be harder to import e-cigarettes. That protects young people, in particular, who are increasingly being lured into nicotine and tobacco addiction.
Children and teens with pre-existing mental health conditions are vulnerable to stressors during the pandemic.
COVID-19 is affecting many people’s state of mind, but some of the most vulnerable members of our communities are children and youth with pre-existing mental health challenges.
We all struggle from time to time, but many people benefit from seeing a therapist.
You might need to visit a few therapists to find one you can connect and engage with. If cost or access are issues, you might even like to go online.
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It's a surprisingly common question. Here's what you need to know.
When a student dies by suicide, university communities grapple with the fact that an opportunity for a suffering person to receive help was missed.
As universities advocate for ‘zero suicide’ frameworks, it is important for university leaders to work at suicide awareness, prevention and response, and to reinforce a culture of compassion.
No one can decide what to do with your body but you!
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While we can’t tell you what to do with your body, we can give you some information to help make an informed decision about shaving your pubic hair.
The use of drug dogs leads to riskier drug-taking at festivals.
It’s ineffective to use drug dogs at festivals and in public places because they’re much more likely to catch small-time users than suppliers.
Children aged under two are at increased risk of meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal is a rare but very serious infection that can lead to blood poisoning and brain infection. But no single vaccine protects against all the strains.
Making their mark: the NHS England Youth Forum.
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Youth forums are valuable in giving young people a say about health provision in their communities.
Has D.A.R.E. moved beyond the “just say no” days of the ‘80’s and '90’s?
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Jeff Sessions was met with considerable skepticism when he announced his desire to revive D.A.R.E. But it turns out that the current program is nothing like the ineffective D.A.R.E. of the ‘80’s and '90’s.
Should we trust what they say?
Surveys can help researchers better understand the lives of teens, but skeptics argue that youth are often dishonest and that the results cannot be trusted.
Skateboarding is an increasingly popular activity.
A man skateboards in Moscow. Maxim Shemetov
Skateboarders are being driven from Melbourne’s Lincoln Square after community complaints. But skaters are citizens too, and with obesity on the rise, their activities should be encouraged.
I support nudging smoking choices by taxation policy, packaging, warnings and information campaigns. But redefining adulthood is a step too far.
The Tasmanian government is considering whether to raise the age at which people can legally purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 or possibly even 25. California is also moving to increase the legal…
It’s normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships.
The stash of hidden magazines you might remember from your youth is vastly different from the sexually explicit content children are exposed to today.
Energy drinks are often promoted alongside extreme sports, video games and youth-centric activities such as lifesaving.
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Given the heightened risk of harm, governments should ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 years old.