Monthly Archives: August 2015

Keeping you responsible: the one drink per hour rule

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Keeping you responsible: the one drink per hour ruleIn today’s world, if one uses alcohol, there is a constant exhortation to “Drink Responsibly!” But what exactly is responsible alcohol use?

To be responsible, most of us would accept, is to take ownership for our behaviour, and to take ownership of the effects of our behaviour on others. To use something responsibly, be it a car, or a hunting rifle, or a substance like alcohol or drugs, would be to use that thing in a way that did no harm either to ourselves or to anyone else.

So how can you ensure that when you use alcohol you …

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Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 2.

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Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 2.In Part 1, we’ve explained how you can recognize the risks of depression in your gay or lesbian teen and how you can help them. An LGBT teen (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) may also be at risk for suicide. In this situation, they are likely to demonstrate some or all of the signs of clinical depression previously outlined and these are likely to be present at an even stronger level.

If you recognize the following signs in your teen, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Signs of potential suicide may include:

  • Overwhelming sadness or severe
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Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 1

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Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 1While the publicity around the “It gets better” campaign has died down, the seriousness of the issue remains. We’ve all heard stories of serious and ongoing bullying that has gone so far as to cause a young person to commit suicide. LGBT teens (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) are often targets of bullying. This harassment causes stress which adds to the acute anxiety and emotional confusion they may feel about their different sexual orientation. They may feel that they never will be accepted for who they are and that they will never fit in despite infrequent messages from the broader …

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Sexual identity and teens: supporting your teen on their journey part 2

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Sexual identity and teens: supporting your teen on their journey part 2We talked about how you can support your teen as they explore their sexual orientation. Part of your teen’s journey may involve coming out, or disclosing information about their sexual identity and/or gender orientation to their family, friends and eventually society as a whole. This is an ongoing decision making process. Weighing the risks can be stressful for everyone involved. If your teen is thinking of coming out, here are some points to consider:

  • They first need to feel comfortable with who they are before they can “come out” and expect others to feel comfortable with them. This can
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Sexual identity and teens: supporting your teen on their journey part 1

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Sexual identity and teens: supporting your teen on their journey part 1Being a teenager is a difficult experience. Teens experience a host of changes as they mature. They also begin to explore their sexuality and to develop their sexual identity and may question their sexual orientation. They may feel confused, isolated, and very vulnerable. These are all completely natural emotions and behaviours.

Helping your teen through this can be stressful for a parent. Many people struggle with their sexual orientation at some point in their lives. It is important that your teen knows that all forms of sexuality are normal and healthy.

The term “sexual orientation” is used to identify …

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