Reason #75: We Care About Teen Health & Wellness

Reason #75 - Teen Health and Wellness

Did you know that we have an online resource made especially for teens?

If you aren’t sure where to turn for reliable information about your health and overall well-being, look no further than our Teen Health & Wellness database!

Teen Health & Wellness is an online resource that provides middle and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more.

Not only are the articles and information written by professionals, they are also written especially for teens, with their unique concerns and perspectives.

With both browsing and searching functions, it’s really easy to find information you’re looking for:

  • Do you want to get a tattoo, but want to learn more?
  • Are you worried about a friend who is doing drugs?
  • Are you graduating soon, but not sure what to do next?
  • A few simple searches will help you find the answers you need!

In Teen Health & Wellness, you’ll find:

  • Instant translation to over 50 languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Haitian Creole
  • Optimized site for smartphones for access anywhere, anytime
  • Videos throughout, including student-created PSAs
  • The Personal Story Project—first-person teen narratives allow teens to relate to others with the same challenges
  • Calculators for personalized tips and information on Body Mass Index, Blood Alcohol Content, Budgets, and more
  • Expanded photos, illustrations, and charts
  • Redesigned homepage featuring video and teen-created content
  • Social bookmarking and RSS feeds allow users to share article links with friends and family

 

Not sure where to start your search? Let’s do a few examples!

On the left-hand side of the main page, you can see a list of subjects. Start by choosing the subject that interests you. For our example, we will be looking for information on Epilepsy, so we will select the subject “Diseases, Infections & Conditions”.

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From there, we are brought to an alphabetical listing of the different topics you can choose from. For our example, we will click on Epilepsy.

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Now we are brought directly to the article about Epilepsy. On the left-hand side of the page, you can see the different sections of the article. To go to the next section, either select it from the left-hand side, or else click “next” at the bottom right-hand side of the page.

Another interesting feature are the ready-made citations found at the bottom of the article. If you are using the article for a research paper, you can conveniently copy the citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago format.

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You can see that browsing by subject is easy, but if you prefer, you can also do a regular search. On the main page, the search box is in the upper right-hand corner. Simply type in your search term, and click “go”. For our example, we will search for “bullying”.

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Here you can see the search results, and notice that there are 5 pages, so if you don’t see what you are looking for right away, try looking at the next page of results! For our example, we will click on the first article, about bullying and cyberbullying.

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Here we see the article. Like in the first example, you can see the different sections of the article on the left-hand side of the page. also on the left-hand side of the page, you can see several suggested related articles that you might be interested in, as well as a link to Dr. Jan’s corner – a health and wellness advice column. Not only can you read questions submitted by other teens about bullying, but you can submit your own! Finally, It is important to notice the Hotlines button at the bottom on the left-hand side. When you click the button, you are taken a list of hotlines that you can call to get help or information.

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Whether you’re a teen, the parent of a teen, a high school teacher, or a guidance councilor, the Teen Health & Wellness online resource has something for you! Give it a try today, and let us know what you think!

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4 comments

  1. Took a look at this resource. Wish they had this kind of stuff when *I* was a teen. I was always too embarrassed to ask about this kind of stuff, or even check out library books about it. Nice to have someplace for teens to go where they feel safe and do not feel judged.

  2. Serenity House Hospice

    Grief can cause set backs in life, for support, we are here to help as well.

  3. The St. Thomas Blog

    I wish more people were aware of the support that is available for them. While we still have a very long way to go to accepting that mental illness is real, not embarrassing, and needs to be dealt with properly, there are lots of support for those who need it.

  4. The St. Thomas Blog

    I wish more people were aware of the support that is available for them. While we still have a very long way to go to accepting that mental illness is real, not embarrassing, and needs to be dealt with properly, there are lots of support for those who need it.