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The Hard Stuff

Everyone reacts to the hard times in their lives in different ways. Some young people cope with challenging emotions in ways that can be self-destructive.

Drug Use

While it’s common for young people to want to try new things, using drugs can affect their lives long term. As such, it’s important to have open, honest and on-going conversations about the risks and consequences of using drugs.

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Alcohol and Cigarettes

Young people may choose to drink or smoke because of peer pressure, the need to relax, or to get away from things that are too hard to deal with. However smoking or drinking at a young age can be dangerous for the mind, body and soul.  

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Self Harm

Self harm is often used as a coping mechanism, and it can be overwhelming to find out that someone you care about is hurting themselves intentionally.

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Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a serious condition where people have an unhealthy relationship with food which can take over their lives both mentally and physically.

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