When we’re sick, we visit a doctor. We have access to affordable medicines; clean drinking water is available to us at the turn of a tap, and nutritious food is plentiful. In fact, we probably can’t imagine what it would be like to go without these things. But millions of people in poor countries live without them, every single day. A fact that leads to millions of preventable deaths every year.
Youthbeyondblue: understand mental health through good and bad days. Help, information and videos. Take the Brain Quiz.
Red Aware: a great site to find information and resources on sexual health, including links to Tasmanian support.
Go to Lawstuff for legal information. Find out your rights in relation to where you live in Australia.
Reach Out: work out the hard stuff and improve your everyday life. The site includes fact sheets, personal stories and links to helpful apps, such as Smiling Mind, a modern meditation app designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life.
Rosie is a website for girls. It has a range of tips, links and videos all centred around a theme of respect – for body & mind, work & study, relationships, and the world we live in.
Sane Australia: information and support on mental illness, grief, helping your friends. There are videos and forums too.
Headspace: tips and articles regarding physical and mental health to help you have a healthy headspace, as well as first hand stories. Confidential online and telephone support is offered.
Tune In Not Out: a one-stop shop for information on life’s challenges. Explore videos, stories and fact sheets.
Butterfly Foundation: fact sheets, tips and articles on body image and eating disorders. A support service (phone or email) is also provided.
Tassie Teen is a a health portal specifically for Tasmanian youths.
Child and Youth Health: brief information for teenagers on just about any health topic you could think of, with links to further material. Get the “Naked Truth” app (South Australian laws).
No Smokes: with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, this site has facts about smoking, blogs to read and music to listen to. Find out the dollar and health costs of smoking.
Youth Central – Binge Drinking provides information and resources to help you make decisions about your drinking.
United Nations Voices of Youth: blogs by young people where opinions are expressed and real stories and situations described.
Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Here you’ll find facts and figures, Goal 3 targets and links to further information on global health.
World Health Organisation: facts and figures on health by topic. Discover the reality of health worldwide.
Avert: information and advice on HIV and AIDS, including personal stories, myths, quizzes and current news.
UNAIDS: reducing sexually transmitted infections is the goal. With data and infographics from around the world, this site will interest older students.
Five steps to make it easier to talk about bullying: ReachOut Ambassador, Rahart Adams, lays out five steps to help people talk about their experiences with bullying, in five short videos.
Mindfully: a series of guided meditations designed to provide practical tips and tricks to promote calm and clarity – for primary school students through to university level.
Archie reveals an experience of involuntary admission to a public psychiatric ward – a 5 minute animation through the eyes of a dog.
The truth about HIV: Hans Rosling gives a visual analysis of HIV infection rates and risk factors across the world (10 mins).
Gapminder: animated statistics that bring 30 years of human development reports to life.
I Promise Africa is a 2:45 minute musical video featuring African children with AIDS.
Success Stories across Eastern and Southern Africa: a video from UNAIDS on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (11.5 mins).
Fact sheets and quizzes on HIV/AIDS.
One Minute Videos which are all created by teenagers with HIV/AIDS.
A Tale of Two Mothers: two South African mothers try to get their child vaccinated and are met with different outcomes, illustrating unequal access to immunisation services. This 2.5 minute video is produced by UNICEF.
Mapping Worlds: learn about the world by changing the familiar map. Select a subject and watch the map resize according to the statistics.
Linkzone provides links to youth services, including health services, around Tasmania.
Youth Network of Tasmania is the peak body for the non–government youth sector in Tasmania.
Family Planning Tasmania: sexual health advice, checkups and education.
headspace: National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
Hobart Women’s Health Centre: run by women for women.
Youth Arts & Recreation Centre (Hobart) is a creative, exciting, safe and engaging space for all young people aged 12 – 25.
The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania provides legal advice and education to the Tasmanian community. The Education page has a number of informative videos for youth, including “Social Media and Youth” and “Alcohol and Partying”.
OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES
A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as youth health. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.