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Mental Health: Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a language-based processing disorder that can affect reading, writing, spelling, and speaking, as well as social interactions and self-esteem. Look over the following list of common warning signs of dyslexia in teens in Grades 9–12. To learn more you can view Dyslexia and watch the video below. Philadelphia Ujima- Dyslexia
Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder
DID YOU KNOW: “For the first time mental health conditions are among the top five disabilities in children.” In fact, “one in ten adolescents has a serious mental health issue.” “Bipolar disorder is not the same as the normal ups and downs every kid goes through. Bipolar symptoms are more powerful than that.” But, how do you know if you are mentally healthy? Click on the links below to learn more about mental health and illness in teens. Bipolar Disorder
Sexual assault is when any person forces you to participate in a sexual act that you don’t want and are uncomfortable with. It doesn’t necessarily always take physical force to sexually assault a victim. Attackers can use other tactics such as threats or intimidation to make a victim feel fear or be unable to refuse them. “Being a victim of sexual assault is not your fault. Nothing in what you say, the way you look, where you are, or who you are with gives anyone else the right to hurt you.” For more information, please follow the link and watch the video below. More information to come!
“35,000 Americans die every year from gunshot wounds. THREE THOUSAND OF THOSE Americans are teens. Gun homicide is the leading cause of death in black teenagers (aged 15-19), and the second leading cause of death in white teens of the same age group. 8 children die EVERY DAY from gunshot wounds; 47 per day are injured. Teens use guns at an alarming rate: 86% of homicides committed by teens involved a firearm. Gun Violence is preventable, and YOU can make a difference.” Gun Violence
Teen Dating Violence
Unhealthy relationships can start early and have unfortunate consequences. Dating violence often initially begins with teasing and name calling. “These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship. But they can set the stage for more serious violence like physical assault and rape. Dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. You may have heard several different words used to describe teen dating violence.” If you are concerned, please speak with someone you trust. For more information, please follow the link Teen Dating Violence
“Physical Activity is an important component of health! In fact, in combination with healthy eating, physical activity can prevent several health conditions. It’s important to start healthy fitness practices now in order to maintain a life of health! Check out these links below on Fitness. Just as it is for adults and younger kids, teen fitness is important for physical and mental health. Adolescents need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day to stay healthy.” Fitness has particular benefits for pre-teens and teens, as it can:
- Reduce anxiety, stress, and depression
- Improve self-esteem
- Boost academic performance
- Help establish lifelong healthy habits
For more information, please follow the link Teen Fitness and watch this video
It’s easy to be tempted to eat unhealthy meals while in college — especially if everyone around you is eating unhealthy options as well. But eating too much fast food or always choosing high-fat, high-calorie menu items can drag a person’s body down. The most obvious problem is weight gain but foods can influence any number of things:
- mental functioning
- emotional well-being
- future health
It’s easier than you think to make good choices in college, on the go, at a fast-food restaurant, the mall, or even the school cafeteria. Go for balance. Drink water or low-fat milk. Watch portion sizes. For more information please follow this link College Nutrition and listen to this song “The Nutrition Song” created by one of our interns!
“Self-injury is the act of deliberately destroying body tissue, at times to change a way of feeling. Self-injury is seen differently by groups and cultures within society. This appears to have become more popular lately, especially in adolescents. The causes and severity of self-injury can vary. Self-injury is a complex behavior and symptom that results from a variety of factors. Adolescents who have difficulty talking about their feelings may show their emotional tension, physical discomfort, pain and low self-esteem with self-injurious behaviors.” For more information, please follow the link Physical Self- Injury and listen to a spoken word performed by one of our students. Self Injury Spoken Word
“Every day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students, and it has everyone worried, not just the kids on its receiving end. Yet because parents, teachers, and other adults don’t always see it, they may not understand how extreme bullying can get. Bullying is when a person is picked on over and over again by an individual or group with more power, either in terms of physical strength or social standing.” For more information, please follow the link Bullying and watch a video below
Getting good grades isn’t easy, and understanding how to make the best use of your time and effort takes careful planning. It also helps to be a strategic learner. That means you (1) Plan how you are going to learn and manage your time in the process (2) Use the skills you have to learn the task at hand and (3) Keep track of the progress you’re making. Developing a system for managing time can be the single most important step you take. The pressure of trying to stick to a schedule can be stressful. It may take great effort, help and practice to find a system that works for you. For more information about time management, please follow the link Time Management to gain more tips about different techniques.
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