Mental Health Week - Headspace
It's Mental Health Week. Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation that provides early intervention and support to 12-25 year-olds. Their website is full of information, articles and interactive activities. You can find them at https://headspace.org.au.
Self-harm is an unhealthy coping mechanism. If you, or someone you know, struggles with self harm, there is help available. You can see your family doctor who will refer you to the appropriate services. There are also helplines, websites and apps that can help. Lifeline has some very useful information about self-harm - you can find it at https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/information-and-support/self-harm/
Good News Sites
I don't know about you but I'm sick of all the bad news. Here are some websites that focus on good news stories:
Kit and Teen Breathe magazines have some free downloadable mindfulness packs. You can find them at https://lovattsmagazines.com.au.
Big Life Journal has some free printable including things to do at home for teens. You can find it at https://biglifejournal.com.
Access to The Brave Program an online course by Queensland University is free. They have pre-teen and teen programs. You can find them at https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au.
Smiling Mind has free web and app based mindfulness and meditation app. You can find them at https://www.smilingmind.com.au.
Rebecca Sparrow - Free Resources
Rebecca Sparrow is an author (amongst other things) and champion of tween and teen girls. Her book, Ask me anything, is one of my favourite resources for teens. She has a PDF of free resources available on her website including a list of inspirational people and organisations to follow on social media, great books to read and websites to visit. You can sign-up for it here.
Clue Period Tracker App
The Clue period tracker allows you to enter details about your cycle so that you can easily see when your next period is due. It is free on Android and IOS. Unlike many of the other period tracker apps it is not bright pink, nor does it look like a kindergarten game. Clue also has a website with many articles and videos, some of them specifically for pre-teens and teens. I particularly enjoyed Erica Avey's article, Advice to my 13 Year Old Self.