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Health and wellness database offers help for teens

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By Susan Miura

Teens: Are you struggling with your emotions or a medical problem? Grieving over the loss of a family member or friend? Wondering if there's a way to ward off acne, cramps obnoxious classmates?

From dyslexia and drugs to nutrition and dating, the Teen Health and Wellness Database on the Schaumburg Township District Library website offers information on a multitude of health-related subjects. To find it, simply go to and click on the Teen tab at top. You'll immediately see a Teen Health and Wellness button that takes you to a page loaded with information and even the opportunity to send questions to a licensed psychologist.

Among the subjects listed on the left of the Teen Health and Wellness page are Body Basics, Diseases, Fitness, Friendship and Dating, Emotions and Skills for School, Work and Life. These are just a few of the many valuable topics you will find. Once you click on a general subject, you'll see an alphabetical listing of specific topics. For example, clicking on Mind, Mood and Emotions will give you the subheads of Academic Anxiety, Anger, Being Gifted, Grief and Loss, Jealousy, Loneliness, etc. If you click on Body Basics, you'll find numerous topics under the headings of Body Parts, Body Systems and Genetics.

Other sections of the Teen Health and Wellness page provide news items, surveys, personal stories of teens facing challenging situations and more. If you're dealing with a physical or emotional problem and want answers, check out the library's Teen Health and Wellness page. If you're not, check it out, anyway. There's plenty of good information that may help you with school, work, relationships and life in general.

And while you're there check out the listing of upcoming teen programs at the library. You can learn to make videos in the new Digital Production Studio located in Teen Place, sharpen your drawing or writing skills, enter a contest to win a prize (usually a gift card!) or join the Story and Performance Troupe. And don't forget Battle of the Bands, the annual rock band competition.

Bands interested in competing must turn in their applications by July 9. (For more information, click on the Battle of the Bands button on the library's Teen Page or see the April-May Program Guide.) This year's battle will take place in Schaumburg's Town Square from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 23. All are welcome, and no fee or registration is required.

Looking for answers about your body or mind? Check out the Teen Health and Wellness page. Looking for something to do? Visit the general Teen page and choose from a variety of programs and workshops.

For information on teen programs, resources or services, email or call (847) 923-3240.