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Gangs, Rape, Violence: The Girls We're Letting Down

Suzanne Virdee | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Suzanne Virdee

I sit down for coffee and a chat on a sunny terrace with a friend who's a senior youth worker, and she says. "We have a big problem with our 11-13 year old girls". She works on the edge of a big city, in charge of a large youth centre. Her young clients are often affiliated to gangs. She bans all gang talk, throwing of signs and bandanas that identify which gang they belong to. No weapons either. It's to create a safe oasis in their chaotic world. But she's worried it's girls that are suffering most.

Out Of The Darkness, Into The Light

Vic Lennard | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vic Lennard

The three months I spent with the counsellor changed everything. She unpeeled my life like an onion, layer by layer, and got to the root of my continual anger. Although my parents both died within six months of the counselling, and I never really rebuilt my relationships with them, I bear no malice to either of them. My anger towards them has fully subsided.

THE GBF: Available Now

Stephen Bailey | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

I AM NOT A HANDBAG. Oh wait, you have no idea what I'm speaking about just yet. I have been doing A LOT of gigs all over the UK recently and it is al...

MAJOR Relationship Buzzkills...

Chloe Combi | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Combi

Teenage language is a brilliant thing and they are both entitled to and should be encouraged to create their own lexicon. However a lot of the teenagers I interviewed felt, the word "bae" often doesn't denote an equal partner or cherished one - but kind of - "you're number one in line for now."

Young People With Cancer Need Better Relationships and Sex Advice

Matt Whyman | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Whyman

Every day, six young people aged 16-24 receive the shocking news that they have cancer. Treatment usually starts immediately, can last for up to three years, and disrupts every area of their lives. Of course, this can include relationships and sex. And yet at such a formative time the issues that arise are not often openly discussed. Until now.

Most Cringe-Worthy Teenager Moments Revealed - What Are Yours?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Picking the most cringe-worthy moment from our teenage years is quite the task - how do you choose from so many? Speaking personally, mine include...

'Quitting' Is Perfectly Normal

Ben Clarke | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Clarke

I've been called a quitter. By friends, by parents... by a resentful drum teacher whose sole motive appeared to be to drain the money from my parents' bank account like a balding, middle aged vacuum. However, I strongly disagree with them...

Why We All Need to Talk to Our Children About Responsible Drinking

Inge Plochaet | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Inge Plochaet

Children, and particularly teenagers, don't often admit that they listen to their parents. So when they tell us that it is not their friends but their parents who have the most influence on their attitudes to alcohol, we should listen.

Adult Education: The Strain of Grown-Up Pressures on 'Childhood Sweethearts'

Claire Reid | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Reid

Twelve per cent of the divorces which we deal with feature couples who have been in long-standing relationships, often since their school days, going their separate ways while still only in their twenties and thirties. In short, they no longer feel the same way about each other.

I'm Giving Sobriety a Chance

Ronnie Joice | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Comedy
Ronnie Joice

Ah, alcohol. It's the mainstay of hundreds and thousands of years of culture. The discovery of late Stone Age beer jugs has established the fact that purposely fermented beverages existed at least as early as 10,000 BC.

The Perception of Self Harm in Schools

Nick Watts | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Watts

The reality is that self harm is just another coping mechanism, which may be maladaptive but none the less people are using it to cope with deeper problems. It is not a suicide attempt, it is not attention seeking and it is not something confined to younger people.