Supportive Networks

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Identifying the need for support

  • Recognition of early warning signs of anxious situations that may arise is an important skill.
  • Having this knowledge will help to realize when something’s wrong whether it be with yourself or another person.
  • Young people also need to be able to seek medical attention themselves and not leave it if they think something is wrong.
  • Knowing when and how to seek help is a skill.


Overcoming barriers to support

  • Lack of confidentiality and privacy can be barriers to seeking health services for some young people, especially those from small towns, where everyone knows each other.
  • In situations of suspected pregnancy, or in seeking contraception, young people may not consult their family doctor from fear that a family member may be informed.
  • Language and culture can also act as barriers to support. For some young people, their indigenous values might not allow certain medical procedures to be undertaken by a male.
  • Interpreters and peer education are ways to overcome these barriers.


Receiving support

  • When poor health status is identified in young people, it is important that support be received.
  • Being able to accept that support positively is a necessary and vital aspect of improving health status,


Establishing a mentor relationship

  • Establishing a positive relationship with a trusted adult or older person will assist young people to deal effectively with health issues.
  • They can offer advice, be a friendly listener or be the source of support when needed.

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