Healthy North Coast

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Young People

Young people encounter a broad range of issues as they move from childhood to adulthood.

The teenage years are a time where rapid changes occur in body shape and size, likes and dislikes, and relationshops. It’s also a time when risk taking becomes normal, partly due to the greater influence of peers.

Typical risk taking behaviors for teens include:

  • Drinking
  • Smoking
  • Dangerous driving
  • Risky sexual behaviour
  • Illegal substance use (mainly smoking marijuana)

While the teen years can be difficult, evidence suggests confident young people who feel supported by their families and friends are more likely to safely negotiate challenges.

Click on the resource links to find out more information about teen health.