|BikiCrumbs: Supportive Networks|
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.
- 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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