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How to Help Your Teen Struggling with Mental Health Issues

With each new generation come new challenges or different versions of the same struggles that have affected teens for decades. Bullying, peer pressure, body shaming, negative self-perception — the list of teen issues goes on and on. As a parent, you might have your own list from when you were young, but you may be unsure if it fully equips you to help your teen through their own difficulties. Many of the challenges, adolescents face involves mental health issues, some of which have the potential to lead to drug abuse as a coping mechanism. But how much do you know about these issues? Do you know the signs to look for or how to effectively help your teen?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 20 percent of all teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will have a serious mental illness. This includes mood, behavior and anxiety disorders. Your teen is not alone in their struggles. You’re not alone either, and it’s important that you both always keep that in mind while exploring your treatment options. 

By the Numbers: Teen Mental Illness

Mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder affect thousands of teens across the country every year. These statistics point to their prevalence — and the need for compassionate counsel and care from loved ones.

Each year in America, 1 in 5 teens aged 13–18 experience a mental health condition.

LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder.

Nearly 90 percent of teens who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness.

Eating disorders can develop in children as young as 8 years of age.

Half (50 percent) of all chronic mental illnesses begin by age 14.

Ways to Help Your Teen

Know the warning signs. It can be difficult to tell whether or not your teen has a mental disorder, but there are certain nonverbal cues and signs you can watch out for. The National Institute of Mental Health compiled these common warning signs of mental illness that you can be vigilant of. Some signals include meticulous or restrained eating (indicative of an eating disorder), oversleeping or exhaustion, extreme mood swings and wearing long sleeves or pants or bandages (to cover up signs of self-harm).

Educate yourself about mental illnesses. Learning everything you can about mental illness is the first step in knowing how to help someone struggling. The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a free education program for parents of teens with mental illnesses, called NAMI Basics.

Talk openly about mental illness. This is the first strategy for most parents, and oftentimes it can be one of the most effective. If your teen is struggling with a mental health disorder, the worst thing you can do is to ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist. Talking openly and honestly to your teen about depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts reduces the stigma of silence around these issues, and lets your child know that it’s OK to speak up about what they’re going through.

Have a conversation about drug abuse. Many teens choose to experiment with drugs and alcohol to escape the weight of a mental disorder. While your teen may never try dangerous substances, don’t assume that they won’t — instead, have a discussion about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. If you fear your teen is addicted, talking to them is even more important. Learning the difference between confrontation and conversation is crucial in knowing how to approach the situation.   

Be supportive, not enabling. When and if your teen opens up about their mental illness struggles, be patient, and above all, listen. Let your teen know that having a mental health issue doesn’t change how much you love them. It may be difficult, but try not to jump to conclusions or blame certain people, events or situations for what your child is experiencing. It can be all too easy to practice enabling behaviors that do more harm than good, such as offering to do homework or making excuses for their mental illness.

Don’t use dismissive or judgmental language. When talking to someone who’s struggling, it’s important to think about the way you talk. Platitudes like “Everything’s going to be OK” and “You’ll get over it” do nothing to help someone with a mental health disorder. Instead, ask questions like “How can I best support you right now?” Reassure your teen that they’re not the only one who deals with these issues and that you’re by their side through it all.

Consult your pediatrician or primary care doctor. Your teen’s doctor will be able to give you pointers on how to identify the presence of a mental illness and advice on how to proceed should your teen’s condition worsen. If your teen’s doctor does not provide a diagnosis or referral to another professional, it can be beneficial to seek a second opinion. It’s better to be cautious than let a mental illness fester.

Get a referral for a mental health specialist. Talk therapy with a licensed counselor can go a long way to help someone battling mental illness. Saying something like “It worries me to hear you talking like this; let’s talk to someone about it,” can be the key to broaching the topic of counseling with your teen. Your doctor or health insurance representative will be able to recommend therapy options that fit your budget and align with your child’s needs.

The Bottom Line on Teens and Mental Illness

Mental illness can often fuel eating disorders, drug or alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts. If you’re worried that your teen’s mental illness has led to substance abuse or an eating disorder, reach out to The Recovery Village. Our facilities provide comprehensive, confidential treatment for substance use, mental health and eating disorders, so your teen can get back on track to wellness. 


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How to Fight Low Esteem

Over the years, research have shown that a person’s self-esteem affects various aspects of their life.

Martin, CEO of Cleverism shares actionable guide on "How to Fight Low Esteem"……. Read:

When you hear about self-esteem you would usually think about the unpleasant feeling of low self-worth and embarrassment in the moment.

However, low self-esteem could be considered one of the leading factors behind the risks you can afford taking, your attitude towards high-stake situations, the direction of your decision making, and, ultimately, how far you get in life.

According to SimplyPsychology, ‘…people with high self-esteem focus on growth and improvement, whereas people with low self-esteem focus on not making mistakes in life.’ And the two attitudes have very different outcomes.

This article will give you a very practical approach towards eliminating some of the major sources of low self-esteem. The goal is to give yourself the best chance to succeed in the challenges along your way and to learn to accept yourself for your faults.


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Doha Forum 2019 acquires partnerships

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Amir of Qatar, the Doha Forum 2019 acquires strategic partnerships in anticipation of its 19th edition, “Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World

The Doha Forum 2019 will reconvene in Doha from 14 to 15 December 

The Doha Forum 2019 has announced its strategic partners as it prepares for its 19th edition, set to reconvene on December 14th and 15th at the Sheraton Hotel, Doha.

This year, the Doha Forum is delighted to announce a new strategic partner for 2019, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, widely known as Chatham House, alongside renewing prior strategic partnerships with the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Munich Security Council, as it strengthens the network for its 19th edition.

Welcoming many of the world’s top decision makers and policy leaders, the Doha Forum exclusively partners with top policy institutions who lead research and debate on global issues, while setting the agenda for discussion for the Doha Forum 2019, themed “Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World.”

Her Excellency Lolwah Al Khater, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Qatar and Executive Director of Doha Forum stated: “The Doha Forum is the region’s largest open platform for global discussion with carefully curated topics that are meant to reflect global concerns, bringing them to the forefront of discussion; and this cannot be achieved without the valuable insight of our partners. Since its inception 19 years ago, the Doha Forum has welcomed many policy leaders to Doha and contributed to many issues of global concern through alliance, consensus and dialogue. I am delighted that this year we will again work with such esteemed partners who will all contribute to the success of the 19th edition.

The theme for the Doha Forum 2019, “Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World” has been specially designed in light of recent developments this year on topics such as migration, refugees, climate change, changing world leaderships and the rise of new global powers; and partnerships have been acquired to support and encourage discussion on these topics.

Last year’s attendees included top world leaders, policymakers, business leaders and advocates including; Mr. Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador; H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister of Somalia; Mr. Teodor Viorel Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Romania; Mr. Tarō Kōno, Minister of Foreign Affairs Japan; Ms. Kamissa Camara, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mali; Dr. Mohamad Maliki bin Osman; Senior Minister of State Singapore; UN Secretary General Mr. António Gutteres; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ms. Nadia Murad; President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ms. Maria Garcés; Mr. Robert Malley, President and CEO International Crisis Group; Mr. Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of Munich Security Conference; Mr. Michael Rich, President and CEO of RAND Corporation; Mr. Christian Sewing, CEO of Deutsche Bank and Mr. Sébastien Bazin, CEO of Accor Hotels. This year Doha Forum hopes to engage even more participants from a wider audience as it builds upon its core values of diversity, diplomacy, and dialogue.

The 19th edition of the Doha Forum will work with its strategic partners to bring the best of direction to the Forum’s discussions, in addition to a number of local entities.      



World Food Prize and World Hunger Fighters Foundation Launch Fellowship for Young African Agribusiness Innovators

The World Hunger Fighters Foundation will award annual Borlaug-Adesina Fellowships to young Africans

DES MOINES, United States of America, October 18, 2019/ -- The World Food Prize Foundation and the newly launched World Hunger Fighters Foundation are partnering to provide year-long fellowships for young African food innovators and entrepreneurs.

The World Hunger Fighters Foundation will award annual Borlaug-Adesina Fellowships to young Africans to develop new technologies, champion public policy, and develop viable businesses in the field of agriculture. The young leaders will gain experience in international agriculture research centres, including food and agribusiness companies.

Felix Tshisekedi, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a guest speaker at the launch of the foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, said: “Agriculture can be the source of peace in Africa. It can create jobs and act as a stabilising factor in countries witnessing conflict. Agriculture is helping to disarm former combatants in my country, for instance.”

During a panel discussion moderated by the president of the World Food Prize Foundation, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo described the hunger fighters initiative as critical to Africa’s food security.

“The problem of youth unemployment, criminality, and many other related problems will be solved substantially if we take agribusiness, food security, and social security altogether. One of the feedbacks from this year’s World Food Prize event is that agriculture should not be taken as a development affair, but rather as a business.”

Ending hunger and malnutrition will help achieve lasting peace in the world, African Development Bank ( President Akinwumi Adesina told guests at the launch.

“Together, let’s end hunger in Africa. Together, let’s end hunger in our world,” said Adesina, who is the patron of the World Hunger Fighters Foundation.

“When I won the World Food Prize in 2017 and the Sunhak Peace Prize in 2019, I pledged the prize monies and a few matching donations totaling $1.1 million to the creation of the World Hunger Fighters Foundation. This young crop of hunger fighters and agripreneurs will pick up the baton and in turn, do great things across the world.”

Of 1,300 applications, 10 outstanding African youth have been selected for the 2019 Borlaug-Adesina Fellowship.

The fellows are Lourena Arone Maxwell (Mozambique), John Agboola (Nigeria), Adonai Matha Sant’ Anna (Benin), Olufemi Adesina (Nigeria), Ifeoluwa Olatayo (Nigeria), Victor Mugo (Kenya), Emmanuel Maduka (Nigeria), Marianne Enow-Tabi (Cameroon), Solomon Amoabeng Nimako (Ghana), and Nicholas Alifa (Nigeria).

“My rooftop farms are based in Ibadan, Oyo State, in Nigeria. We use a vertical model to plant lettuce and cucumber. Since we were close to consumers, we were able to sell to them with fast and easy access to nutritious foods while lessening the impact of transportation on the whole agricultural value chain,” said 30-year-old Ifeoluwa Olatayo.

She aspires to impact more than 200,000 smallholder farmers across Africa in the next few years by connecting small-scale rural farmers to urban markets through a distribution system.

The late Nobel peace prize laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug, whose work helped feed one billion people, used his award to set up the World Food Prize Foundation. It annually awards the prestigious World Food Prize, known as the Nobel prize for food and agriculture.

The event concluded with the launch of a much-anticipated authorized biography written by Leon Hesser entitled Against All Odds: World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and His Drive to Feed Africa.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

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Sudanese Minister of Energy and Mining to attend South Sudan Oil and Power 2019

Sudan has been a key role player in facilitating peace in South Sudan

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 17, 2019/ -- Minister Adel Ali Ibrahim will meet with his South Sudanese counterpart, Minister Awow Daniel Chuang, at South Sudan Oil & Power 2019; topics to be discussed include the resumption of Block 5A and logistics corridors between the two countries; Sudan has been a key role player in facilitating peace in South Sudan.

In a bid to further strengthen ties with South Sudan, Sudan's Minister of Energy and Mining, Adel Ali Ibrahim, will attend the upcoming South Sudan Oil and Power (SSOP) 2019 conference, taking place at the Crown Hotel in Juba, on October 29-30.

The Minister will meet with his counterpart, Minister Awow Daniel Chuang, to discuss the resumption of Block 5A - which has the potential to produce up to 60,000 barrels per day and is operated by Sudd Petroleum Operating Company.

The Ministers will also discuss oil infrastructure, including logistics corridors between the two countries, shared pipelines and processing facilities.

"The resumption of Block 5A will happen very soon. We currently in negotiations with Sudan regarding pipeline agreements to export crude from this block. South Sudan does not currently have its own pipeline and we are contingent on this before production resumes," Arkangelo Okwang Ojok, Director General of Training, Planning and Research for the Ministry of Petroleum says.

Sudan has been instrumental in brokering peace in South Sudan; and Sudan's recently sworn in Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, travelled to South Sudan in September to meet with President Salva Kiir to back a new peace roadmap.

With a major focus on ramping up its oil industry, South Sudan is recovering its position as a major African producer and is actively creating a favorable investment climate through high-level discussions with energy leaders, ministries and companies at SSOP 2019, produced by Africa Oil & Power.

Under the theme 'Focus on Finance' SSOP 2019 is set to explore the challenges and means of financing projects, attracting new investment and investing in facilities. In addition to finance, the conference will examine community development, environmental issues and oilfield technology.

Minister Chuang will also reveal the details of the 2020 oil and gas licensing round at SSOP 2019, which will include dates, requirements and other details of the tender.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Oil & Power Conference.

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Ecuador Reinstates Fossil Fuel Subsidies After Civil Unrest

Recent cuts to subsidies, imposed without an alternative, led to price rises, strife in Ecuador. All is now calm on the streets of Quito after the government agreed to reinstate fuel subsidies following 11 days of nationwide, violent protests.

Peace talks between indigenous leaders and other protest groups, president Lenin Moreno and a United Nations mediator proved successful on Sunday. But only after the worst civil unrest for over a decade paralysed the country for twelve days, and cost seven people their lives.

The president agreed to cancel the subsidy cut (known as decree 883), with an agreement between the two sides to consult on a new law.

Source: Climate Home News

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Doha Forum 2019: Reimagining Governance in a MultiPolar World

With adversities and inequality resulting from war and poverty, opportunities seem to lie in a worldwide transition from unipolarity to multipolarity. In a fight for justice, rule of law, and equality amongst others, such a shift is expected to dominate the foreseeable future. There are multiple dimensions to this paradigm-shift that go beyond just a political framework. With so many rising powers on the global stage, there is a need to explore the significance of this shift and reimagine a dynamic global governance system that is a relevant to our current situation. The legitimacy of only a few countries at the forefront of international conflicts has diminished. People, goods, and values are all transnational. No one state or group of states can manage current and emerging global challenges on their own. Are hegemons relinquishing their influence or consciously withdrawing from their responsibility towards the international community? We collectively need to think of a holistic governance system that is moral, cooperative, and practical.

Our new normal, is that nation states as well as non-state actors now compete for political, military, and economic influence. Countries range in their reach and relevance on the international landscape. Non-state actors, NGOs, socio-political and religious movements, transnational companies and virtual-world agents play key transformative roles. The uniqueness of what we are living rests on the contradiction of interconnectivity of the world amidst conflicts for what are perceived to be global values. Many global issues are affecting all of us and propagating to micro levels. For example, climate change is a threat to all of us and is related to the livelihood of people and the global economy. Migration is an international challenge that needs to be collectively managed while also ensuring the rights of refugees and displaced people. As a leading thought platform, this year Doha Forum will delve into topics of;

Trends and technology

Trade and investment

Human capital and inequality

Security, cybergovernance, and defense

International organizations, civil society, and non-state actors

Culture and identity

What should be the way forward? Global governance and leadership is vital to the sustainability of our systems and standard of life. Multilateral agreements are being challenged; regional organizations are being questioned. There is a need for alternative governance that can accommodate diversity, diplomacy, and dialogue.

In our current paradigm, how long lasting is the impulsion of certain countries to take unilateral decisions or positions? In a multipolar era, can we discuss and engage in a system in which sovereignty is respected and more emphasis is put on the flexibility of individual countries as well as inclusiveness in the decision-making process?

Cultivating on last year’s key contributions, Doha Forum will bring together this year a distinguished group of leaders, thinkers, and policy makers to tackle the above questions and reimagine a global governance that addresses our collective needs and priorities.