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Education is what they need to kick the drugs

Teenagers' temptation to experiment with drugs is on the rise. According to the Department of Health, back in 1998, 29 per cent of 15-year-old boys and 1.5 per cent of 11-year-olds were found to have used drugs over the course of the year. Fast-forward to 2005 (the department's latest available figures) and those numbers swell to 34 per cent and six per cent respectively.

From The Frontline - Drugs don't always work for ADHD sufferers

I've worked with many young people with behavioural problems and hyperactive disorders since I started out in youth work eight years ago. I've lost count of the number of conversations I've had with concerned families about how their child is "out of control" or "needs sorting out" because they are unable to cope with the erratic behaviour.

Let's talk about sex in a more open way

Experimenting with relationships is an inevitable part of growing up. For some, sex becomes a part of this, prompting concerns about the consequences of sexually active young people.

The unpalatable truth of obesity

Let me introduce you to the Quality Street Six. They're a small group of young people I work with each week. And like many youth groups, eating and drinking together has become a big part of our meetings.

Joined-up thinking on mental health

The physical support needs of teenagers give only half of the picture relating to health and wellbeing needs. The teenage years are a notoriously difficult period, with many people feeling alone and unable to rely on their friends or parents for support. Often, teenagers feel self-doubt as they grow up through this experimental period, throughout which they are in search of identity and independence. But concerns about the emotional wellbeing should not just be limited to teenagers.