Are you a parent worrying about teen health? Are you a teenager with questions about your own health? Find information and answers to your questions.
Teenagers are young people between the ages of 13 and 19. The teenage years are an important period for teen health, growth, and development. As a teenager, you have to deal with physical issues, or puberty. You may also have emotional issues that affect your mental health.
What is puberty?
There are important physical changes which occur as children enter puberty. This is the time when boys and girls become sexually mature. During puberty, teen’s bodies release chemicals called hormones. Hormones cause mental and emotional changes as well.
What is mental health?
Mental health means how healthy your mind is. You can read more about mental health. Depression, drug addiction, relationship problems, and mental illness are all very common reasons that teenagers seek mental health help and services.
Teen health information
There are many websites offering information about puberty and mental health. Some are good and some are not so good! Here are three websites that we think have good information for teenagers:
Puberty 101 is a website with information about what happens to the body during puberty. It has lots of good information divided into a boys’ section and a girls’ section. If you find it hard or embarrassing to ask questions about your body or sexual matters, go to Puberty101!
This section of the Kidshealth website is dedicated to teen issues. It covers all kinds of things besides health. You can find a lot about family relationships and other emotional issues. There is good advice on many topics that are difficult to talk about. Under the “Mind section,” there is even a stress and coping center!
TeenInk is an online magazine. It is a collection of writings by teens for teens. This link will take you straight to their health articles. There is a lot of information about mental health issues. You can also explore topics from sexual health and teen pregnancy to nutrition and alcohol abuse.
Teen health for parents
It is hard to be a parent of teens! If you are in the USA and you are a newcomer or from a different culture, you probably have extra challenges. So where you can find advice?
- You can learn about parenting and raising children in the USA.
- The excellent Kidshealth websites offers “A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Teen Years” in English and in Spanish.
- You can read some good tips for communicating with your teens.
- There is a parent guidebook for raising teens in a new country. You can also read it in Arabic and Spanish.