COUNSELLOR: Teens and skin bleaching

Dear Counsellor:
I AM 14 years old and I live with my mother and grandmother. I have always thought that I was black and ugly. My family members very often tell me I am black and ugly like my father’s side of family. I have always felt unloved and unwanted. I have been using a bleaching cream since I was in grade seven ... I am now in grade 10.

Recently, I started noticing that my skin is extra pink and that my skin is peeling. I have bumps with what seems like pus, and it is all over my face. The skin on my face is so thin that I can see the veins. My face is like a patchwork... read more


If you’ve watched the movie Neighbors (2014), you know that it’s easy to have a complicated relationship with the people living right next door. Some of us may love our neighbours like family, while others barely know what those people look like. In any case, it’s quite likely that the topic of neighbours will come up at least once in your life, whether because of some interaction with them, or even merely as a result of some rumours you’ve heard. Look at some of these situations and decide whether they bring your neighbours to mind.

Your mother and your next-door neighbour have... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: Teenagers and social media

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 14-year-old female and I am addicted to social media. I find that everything about my life is posted there … it feels like I cannot help myself. Wherever I go and whatever I am doing, I post … all my pictures … my issues, my successes, my failures, are out on my page. I love watching or following persons as well. My friends are tired of my need to post and have threatened to ‘unfriend’ me if this ‘obsession’ continues.

I find it pleasurable and exciting when I post on this medium. I do not think this is an obsession. This medium allows... read more


Travelling is definitely one thing no one has been able to avoid. Sometimes it can be fun and luxurious, other times strenuous and aggravating. Often, it’s the circumstances under which we’re travelling that makes the difference. Bear that in mind as you look at these scenarios and decide which you would rather.

You have an intense fear of flying – you can’t seem to shake the feeling that something will go terribly wrong on the aeroplane. It’s been diagnosed as a clinical problem and you’ve been prescribed medication that’s meant to help with the terrible anxiety it causes. But even... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: Teens and gambling

Dear Counsellor:
I AM a 13-year-old male and I am concerned for my friend. I have been trying to tell him that his gambling is getting out of hand. He insists that he has it covered. I know that he steals from other students, misleads his grandmother, and asks for more money for projects than he needs so he can have money to use for gambling. I recently found out that he is not attending school some days, as he uses the lunch money to gamble. He has started lying to his family and the teachers, and his grades have fallen in such a way that it is pathetic. How can I... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER: Do you value your health?

Our health should always be our top priority. However, we tend to put our health at risk a lot more than we even realise. Here are a few situations to make you consider to what extent you really value your health.

Your school is having an in-school concert featuring your favourite artiste. Seeing that you’ve already signed up to be an usher and work backstage, it is guaranteed that you will be able to meet the artiste. However, you remember that you have a follow-up appointment to check if your recently broken arm is healing properly (the doctor said it was possible that it might... read more

‘Above It All’ is back!

It always amazes me how determined we are to be successful in the midst of darkness and turmoil. Throughout the 14 parishes, you can find stories of youths daring to defy poverty, hardship or health-related issues. This was the foundation on which the first set of stories in the Above It All series were told.

It evoked compassion, insight and sympathy, as the stories of teens’ journeys were unfiltered and genuine. For one of the stories, Lady Allen was so moved that she invited the interviewee to King’s House for a chat. She also provided financial assistance for the former state... read more

10 fun facts about your eyes

1 The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second.

2 Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved.

3 Newborns don’t produce tears. They make crying sounds, but the tears don’t start flowing until they are about four to 13 weeks old.

4 Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct successfully.

5 You blink about 12 times every minute.

6 Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina... read more

JCC tells young entrepreneurs to ‘Own Your Future’

From left: Debbie Bissoon, TiaMoyo Lyn, Marvin Hall and Racquell Brown were speakers at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Conference at the Courtleigh Auditorium recently.

Inspiration – through failure, through creativity, through tenacity, through grit and through continued learning – permeated the atmosphere at the recent Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Young Entrepreneur Conference at the Courtleigh Auditorium. The theme for the third consecutive year, ‘Own Your Future’, was made tangible by the panel of young, accomplished entrepreneurs – TiaMoyo Lyn, Tyrone Wilson and Racquell Brown. As an inspiring entrepreneur in her own right, domestic abuse advocate and popular Jamaican media personality Debbie Bissoon led the Saturday event with skilful zest.... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER:Handling your assignments

Julieann T. Randall, Jamaica-born author, signs a copy of her book for Jersham Tomlinson (centre) and his brother, Liam Simpson, during a book signing and reading at the Kingston Bookshop in the Springs Plaza on Saturday, January 25.

A lot of us could safely call assignments the bane of our existence but, of course, the key to managing them is preparation, prioritising, and time management. Even then, though, assignments can still be hard, especially when circumstances are complicated. Here are some situations to examine to help you adjust your time-management skills to make assignments less painful.

You were sick at home for two weeks. You only have two days to do an assignment, while other students who were placed in groups would have gotten two weeks to get it done. The teacher refuses to give you an... read more


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