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We Matter

We Matter I Matter. You Matter. We Matter. Hope. Culture. Strength. We Matter is an Indigenous-led and nationally registered non-profit organization that is committed to Indigenous youth empowerment, hope and life promotion. The key project is the We Matter Campaign –...

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Letting Go

If you blame other people for how you feel and think, you are out of control and your moods and feelings are dependent upon something or someone other than you. - www.drmartincollis.com The poet Francis described looking at some aspen trees as they surrendered their...

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The Truth About Teens and Alcohol

In The truth about teens and alcohol: Parents, researchers and students weigh in on drinking, Erin Anderssen talks to parents, researchers and high-school students across Canada about alcohol consumption. Peer pressure is different than it used to be, she finds, and...

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Becoming the Kind Father: A Son’s Journey

In his book Becoming the Kind Father: A Son’s Journey author Calvin Sandborn learns that difficulties need not lead him only to anger, isolation and contempt but can be lessons in opening the heart and connecting with others. “Like most men I was ashamed of speaking...

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Less Mum and Dad

Maybe we’re not as good at parenting as we think. A new British study suggests that adults are lousy judges of their children’s health – a tiny fraction recognized clinical obesity in their youngsters, while fully 31 per cent underestimated their kids’ weight....

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Time to Talk About Depression

The World Health Organization has identified depression as the leading cause of ill-health and disability world-wide. Latest figures from the organization estimated more than 300 million people were now living with depression – an 18% increase between 2005 and 2015....

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Parents, you are more powerful than you think

Parents, you are more powerful than you think. You can limit exposure to violent media, practice non-violent dispute resolution, communicate with your children and stay involved in their lives. Involving you in planning and implementation serves to reinforce the...

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Connected but Alone

Facebook. Twitter. Second Life. “Smart” Phones. Robotic Pets. Robotic Lovers. What don’t we use computers for? Sherry Turkle, the director of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self, describes in her book Alone Together a population more at ease with technologies than...

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Distressed Teens

A large-scale study has been tracking teens in Ontario for the last 20 years. One-third of students in the recent survey were found to have moderate to severe symptoms of psychological distress. The higher up the grades the worse the situation. “We are creating...

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Beware the Slenderman

A digital bogeyman – the stuff of nightmares – has gained traction on the internet. The Slenderman is an online faceless monster linked to real life crimes. “The fact that he is crowd-sourced really shows that the facelessness is what is so appealing because we can...

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Growing Up Digital

Read this three part series on the ways new technology is impacting kids and teens: Growing up digital: How the Internet affects teen identity. Part one: How digital culture is changing the way kids play Part two: How digital screens are changing the way we read Part...

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Teen Zombie Syndrome

Teen zombies walk among us and they can’t be cured! Problem behaviours related to sleep loss: More risk-taking. Less self-control (emotional volatility). Drop in school performance. Drop in school attendance. Neuron growth in the brain hampered – leads to decrease in...

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Teenage Whirlwind

Teenage Whirlwind Our students face severe challenges such as: Depression Loneliness Bullying Alcohol abuse Disordered eating These are the signals given by youth when they feel overwhelmed. Safeguard not only vulnerable youth, but also all youth. Be proactive by...

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Music Heals

“So all I really want is for some 16 year-old kid who’s down and out to put on a song that I helped make and feel inspired to keep going and be happy.” – The Strumbellas frontman Simon Ward Some line samples from “Spirits,” the first single on HOPE, the band’s new...

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Teens Deserve a Voice

There is no doubt we need to pay attention to the health of teens, individually and collectively. A new report from the World Health Organization, entitled Health of the Worlds’ Adolescents: A Second Chance in the Second Decade, hopes to encourage that the teen voice...

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Teens and Anxiety

Dr. Brian Goldman’s CBC show White Coat, Black Art recently investigated teen anxiety in the episode The Age of Anxiety. Among other highlights, Dr. Goldman includes author and psychologist Jean Twenge’s comments about the links between a kid’s smartphone and anxiety....

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