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Teens & Sexuality & Turning 16

Posted on 12 February 2012



With my youngest daughter turning 16 in just 10 days, I find myself contemplating on whether she is prepared for the responsibilities that come with her pending birthday. 16 is an age where most mothers of girls finally breathe a sigh of relief. The day they turn 16, we can finally give them the responsibility for being in charge of their own bodies. We are no longer needing...

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Australia / Survival / Invasion Day

Posted on 26 January 2012



Two years ago today, I received the Australia Day Award for 2010 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year... It was a strange day for me with so many mixed emotions, as Australia Day is for some, the day that celebrates the anniversary of white settlement BUT it is also known as Survival Day, and for others it is a day of mourning for the invasion and dispossession of Australia's...

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The joys of volunteering...

Posted on 01 November 2011



I spent the day yesterday with a group of 30 Byron Schoolies HUB Volunteers training to be Youth Mental Health First Aiders. These skills are going to come in handy in just a few weeks time, when 10,000 young school leavers from all over Australia, descend on Byron Bay for their end of Year 12 celebrations.

It is a very busy time in Byron, and with the fact that many of these...

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The first three words you find describe you...

Posted on 15 October 2011

The first three words you find describe you...


Love

Beautiful

Funny


They were the first three words I found, in that order and I actually saw love and beautiful simultaneously and immediately wondered "how easy was that!". They stood out like...something! Then after such a glorious start, it did actually take me a moment or two to see another...

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Binge Drinking - the curse of the modern teen...

Posted on 25 September 2011


Binge drinking is by far the most problematic of all the teenage issues. Young people are drinking at much greater levels than those of their parents at the same age. And they are doing it differently. They mix their alcohol with energy drinks, which themselves can cause real big problems with things like anxiety and risky-behaviour. They also mix alcohol...

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Drive fast... Die young...

Posted on 20 September 2011


Today's news article that grabbed me the most was the one about a local 17 year old Mullumbimby boy, who barely escaped jail for what can only be considered a really stupid act! He was clocked by police driving his car at 205km/h with a car load of teens! He wasn't the only one caught that week either, in fact there were 5 of them in just three days... to quote from the...

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Mental Health Problems in Youth - Byron Body & Soul

Posted on 20 September 2011


It is widely recognised throughout the Western world that heart disease and cancer are our biggest killers. However, in reality, an equally large burden on our society today really belongs to mental health problems because they are problems we live with long term. They profoundly affect our ability to carry out our everyday duties, to go to work or...

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The things that move us to become who we are...

Posted on 19 September 2011


Seven years ago, I didn't know who I wanted to be when I grew up.

If you had told me back then, that today I would be doing the kind of work that I do, I probably would have just laughed.

There are things that happen in our lives, that shape us and make us into the people that we become. For me, the biggest catalyst for change in my life, came from the...

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