A Boy's Need For Massiveness - Adolescent Bigorexia

Ashvin Kuri | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ashvin Kuri

So why has this obsession with 'gyming' grown? In my opinion, contrary to the common belief that it stems from trying to emulate the physique of aspirational celebrities, it more often begins with the simple need to fit in with one's peers.

What's The Best Question Someone Asked In Sex-Ed?

Liz Edge | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Edge

As a youth worker, should I be celebrating the hilarity of these questions or should I be worried that these are genuine comments that have happened? Some comments may be embellished and others asked simply for the humour - but some are real.

18-25 Year Olds Aren't 'Adults' When It Comes To Mental Health

Bryan Blears | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Bryan Blears

It is time to recognise that 18-25 year olds aren't "adults" when it comes to mental health. Young people face a difficult transition from childhood to adult life, are squeezed by our economic system and face a wide range of pressures affecting their mental health. If special consideration applies to the mental health needs of older adults, surely it is the case that young people aged 18 to 25 deserve some recognition too.

Army Life: The Other Side Of The Story

Rhianna Louise | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rhianna Louise

Fewer than half of soldiers say they'd recommend Army life to a friend. While the Army says it offers a bond that 'lasts a lifetime', many veterans struggle to rebuild the social support networks they need, which leaves them more vulnerable to delayed-onset mental health problems.

Adolescent Health: The Forgotten Generation

Professor Mark Hanson | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Mark Hanson

What does the future look like for the 1.2billion adolescents in the world today, almost 90% of whom live in developing countries? For adolescent girls in particular, under-age marriage, violence and abuse and teenage pregnancy blight their lives. Their access to education or a minimum wage if employed, and especially to health care, is severely limited.

Anorexia: The Security of Silence and How it Helped My Recovery

Niamh Carpenter | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Niamh Carpenter

So here I am, joining the ranks and sharing my experience, now that I am able to, to hopefully make one more small step in the right direction. But that's just it: a small step. We need to end the stigma, but for people in recovery, stigma might just be the tip of the iceberg.

Let's Bring Radical Change to Children and Young People's Mental Health

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Parents
Cynthia Joyce

We simply don't know enough about the big questions in young people's mental health. Like, what can parent or schools do to help young people in crisis? What are the most effective ways to help? What are the factors causing mental health conditions in young people? And importantly, can we prevent these issues from happening?

Older Teens Need More protection From Sexual Exploitation

Peter Grigg | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK
Peter Grigg

At The Children's Society we know from our frontline services that, too often, older teenagers are dismissed as 'old enough to know better' and, as a result often are not identified as victims of child sexual exploitation.

Teens Use Music to Regulate Emotion

Marc Smith | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Parents
Marc Smith

Coping with new experiences leads to new emotions as well as pressure from peers, school and family; a pressure to conform comes into conflict with the desire to be an individual - not to mention first loves, unrequited love and the inevitable break-ups.

Adolescent Girls Need Access and Choice in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Michael Holscher | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Michael Holscher

Flexible and adaptable models must be developed to ensure broad access and choice. Health service teams must adapt their operations to meet the unique needs of adolescents and other underserved groups.

Mind the Gap: Finding New Solutions to Address HIV Among Adolescents

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Above all we need to get much much better at involving young people in decisions and choices about their own health to give them every chance possible to lead healthy, productive and fulfilled lives.

What to Do With The Little S***'s?

Julie Creffield | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Sport
Julie Creffield

He had to call out "Fatty Must Run" and then roll around laughing and soaking up the admiration of his dad and his friends... I often find myself the victim of abuse from these children not even out of primary school yet. What compels them to be so mean?

What Does Beauty Mean to You?

Maria Senise | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Being a tween or young adult can be rough, ridiculously confusing, and generally uncomfortable. (Hell, being an adult can be too.) Growing up, experiencing changes in your body, and feeling your crazy hormones running amok create a feeling of complete unease in your own skin. This summer, I ran a class called Girls' Lifestyle Camp for girls between the ages of 10 and 13.

Progress for Family Planning but 16Million Adolescent Pregnancies Left Behind

Professor Joy Lawn | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK
Professor Joy Lawn

There are more adolescent pregnancies than ever before: 16million girls under the age of 18 give birth each year, 95% of which are in low and middle income countries. One in three girls in these countries will be pregnant by their 20th birthday, and many are unplanned.

Unemployment And 'Viagra Culture' Helping To Fuel 'Masculinity Crisis'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

Britain is facing a crisis of masculinity, which celebrates heartlessness and normalises sexism and homophobia, amid growing unemployment and uncertai...

Binge Drinking and a Minimum Price for Alcohol

Vincent Brogan | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vincent Brogan

Ironically, the 'hard drugs' we warn our children about before they hit the town kill far fewer people than alcohol or nicotine, substances which pose bigger threats to their long term health.

Sexualisation of Children - Protecting Innocence Online

Pippa Smith | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Tech
Pippa Smith

At long last there is a reality check going on about the dangers children face on the internet from pornography.

Grown Ups Should Step Up

Indra Adnan | Posted 14.10.2011 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

It's been a highly charged month for parents. In the midst of that annual break from routine - the Summer holidays - when kids are off school and look...