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Health

Health is more than just preventing and treating disease. Health is also about your physical, social and emotional well-being and there are a lot of things that can affect it!

Moving into adulthood involves a new independence and the freedom to experiment. Many young people engage in risk-taking behaviours and some of these, such as alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, or unsafe sexual activity, can have a detrimental impact on your health.

Bullying

Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm.

It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

Visit: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/

Sexual Health

Safe, healthy sex is more than just using condoms. It is about feeling OK with who you are. There is the relationship stuff, the emotional stuff and then there is the physical stuff.

Clinic 34 - the NT's Sexual Health Clinic

Do you need help or want to find out more about sexual health? Well, Clinic 34 can help you!!

Clinic 34 provides a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL service that specialises in providing assistance on all sexual health issues including information, testing and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs, sometimes called STDs which stands for sexually transmitted diseases) including HIV.

Clinic 34 services include:

*STIs are sexually transmissible infections and are passed on from having sexual intercourse (and oral sex) without condoms.

Website: Clinic_34

Disabilities

For more information about disability support services for young people and their families.

https://nt.gov.au/community/parents-and-families/support-services/disability

Mental Health

Your Mental Health is Important!

Feeling stressed out and down sometimes is a normal part of life for most people. Looking after our mental health is really important to help us through those tough times.

Just remember that there is always someone that can help you. Have a look at these sites for starters.

Healthline, Bipolar Disorder Centre– Healthline's mission is to improve health through information.

The Line- A resource for young people. There is also information for parents and teachers about how to support young people to have respectful relationships. 

Healthline, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – A comprehensive overview of ADHD.

headspace – is Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Mental Health Program – check this site out for information on programs and services provided by the NT Department of Health.

Kids Helpline – this site has tips on how to beat the blues, on-line counselling as well as fun links and games to help cheer you up.

Reach Out – a funky and easy to read site which can help you figure out why you're feeling down and what you can do about it.

Depression Net – depression Net provides a comprehensive resource for Australians with depression and their families and friends to come for information, help & support. The dNet team are Australians from a variety of backgrounds who have had personal experiences with depression.

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia – Multicultural mental health information.

beyondblue – the beyondblue website aims to provide information on depression, including common symptoms, causes and treatments, give examples of genuine treatment experiences, provide feedback to professions, link to other information services and support groups, describe the progress of ‘beyondblue’ and communicate hope and stories of recovery.

Youthbeyondblue – is the youth program of beyondblue: the national depression initiative. This website contains information on depression and anxiety, checklists, youth specific fact sheets, e-cards, stories from young people about their experiences and much more.

Mind Matters – this is a national resource provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing to promote wellbeing for all Australian schools with secondary enrolments. The program focuses on curriculum-teaching and learning, the school ethos and partnerships.

Sane Australia – this program is based on four characters that tell their stories through online diaries as they meet at a group for young people with families affected by mental illness.

It's all Right – this website will give you lots of mental health information for young people.

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Alcohol and Drug Information Service

This support line offers free and confidential counselling, information and referral services to anyone concerned about an alcohol or drug related issue. This service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. It's there to help you decide what to do. Call the free call number before it's too late: 1800 131 350.

Useful Phone Numbers for Services in the NT

Don't forget that 1800 numbers are free for country callers! For information, counselling on any alcohol and other drug issues:

Australian Drug Foundation
The Australian Drug Foundation has range of resources on teenage parties and drugs

CounsellingOnline 24hr alcohol and drug counselling.
Phone:1800 888 236

National drugs campaign Information for carers and young people about drugs and their effects including pictures of different drugs. Tips for parents on talking with their teens.

NT Party Smart NT Police's guide to safe partying.

Parenting Strategies Parenting guidelines for adolescent alcohol use, including a free online course for parents.

Reach Out Online information and mental health support for young people. Includes tips for young people on drinking responsibly and partying safely.

Alcohol and Other Drug Services: Darwin (08) 8922 8399 and Central Australia (08) 8951 7580.

Withdrawal Services: (08) 8949 0087

0439 TELL ME Text a drug name to 0439 835 563 and receive a text with information about the effects of the drug and links to further information.

Get Informed!

Are they really worth all the trouble? Find out what you're risking...

Drug Arm - This website includes heaps of education, prevention, counselling, outreach and research information.

Oxygen - Everything you need to know about smoking, from how it affects your body to information about the tobacco industry. A funky website with multimedia and interactive aspects.

The Australian Drug Foundation - The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation working to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug problems in the Australian community.

The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) - This website provides up-to-date, quality-assured information about drugs and alcohol and Drug Services across Australia. ADIN is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, as part of the Commonwealth Government National Illicit Drug Strategy. The website is managed by the Australian Drug Foundation.

The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) - This is the principal advisory body to the Commonwealth Government on drug policy and plays a critical role in ensuring the voice of the community is heard in relation to drug related policies and strategies. To find out more about ANCD and their work, check out their website.

Western Sydney Drug and Alcohol Resource Centre - Provides information on the safe use of alcohol.

If you're out partying beware of drink spiking ... it could happen to you!

Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships are extremely important!

A healthy relationship is one of the best supports in life you can have, providing you with meaning and purpose.  However, a relationship can be one of the biggest drains if it is not working or has become unhealthy for you. Be aware of the unhealthy signs and learn ways to work on repairing relationships.

Just remember that there is always someone that can help you. Have a look at these sites for starters.

The Line - A resource for young people. There is also information for parents and teachers about how to support young people to have respectful relationships.

Love is Respect - A resource that helps young people to understand healthy boundaries and what's not healthy and other handy tips.

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