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STI Awareness Month

April is STI awareness month! Did you know?? Half of all sexually active individuals will contract an Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) by the age of 25. STIs are common, but many people are unaware that they have an STI because they don’t have any symptoms. But, STIs are more common than you may think! The…

Poison Control & Prevention

Usually when you hear about poison, you probably think about chemicals such as lead or mercury- or products related to chemicals such as pesticides or cleaning supplies. Although those are, in fact poisonous, there are so many other products that fall under the same category that oftentimes slip people’s minds. Examples can include: Prescription Medications…

Teen Depression

What is Depression? Depression is a type of mood disorder that involves great feelings of sadness, discouragement, or feelings of unworthiness. Even though feeling sad, lonely, or scared are normal feelings among teenagers, when these feelings become severe and persist for a long time, it may be a sign of depression. Because the symptoms of…

Break Free from Anxiety

What is Anxiety? Anxiety is a treatable condition, but 80 percent of children (including teens) with a diagnosable anxiety disorder are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report. Anxiety is actually a very normal reaction to stress. Examples of some of the stressors faced by teens include public…

It Could Be You!

In the year 2016, there were 5,376 total overdose deaths for teens and young adults aged 15 to 24 years old. A major cause for these deaths is the use of opioids, which accounted for 75% of these deaths. From the year 2002 to 2016, there has been a steady increase in the number of…

American Heart Month

Did you know that every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease?      Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, does not discriminate any age, gender, race or ethnicity, and decent, occurring with a wide variety of symptoms and types. The most common types include Coronary artery disease, High blood pressure, Cardiac arrest,…

Condoms!

Today is a day of celebration! As of late January 2019, condoms are now available in all  Howard County Public School System high schools! This means that free condoms can be received at school from the nurse’s office. The condoms will be given in a bag, with each bag containing 10 condoms as well as…

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

HPV Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. Many people don’t know they have HPV because they don’t have symptoms.   Here are some ways to protect yourself from HPV: Get vaccinated. The vaccine for HPV is recommended for girls from the ages 11 to 26,…

Staying Healthy in the New Year!

New Year’s resolutions are a good way to shift your focus on improving yourself as well as your habits. They can oftentimes keep you and your mental, physical, and spiritual health in check. The following will talk about a few ideas you could incorporate into the goals that you decide to create. During this time…

Looking Back at 2018-Making A Difference for Teen Health!

We don’t mean to brag. but we’re going to do it anyway!  In 2018, we made some great progress in addressing important adolescent health issues, mental health, and sexual and reproductive health.     Youth Suicide Prevention Plan (YSSP) Suicide was the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 from 2014-2016 in Howard County. …

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