The Bridgend suicide incidents are a set of suicides involving young people in Bridgend County Borough in South Wales. Reports speculated that a "suicide cult" was to blame. Of 26 people who killed themselves between January and Februaryall but one died from hanging.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Wales used to have one of the worst records for weekly drinking among teenagers - but new figures show a drop in the practice. Ina World Health Organisation WHO report said around two thirds of Welsh year-olds have been drunk at least twice in their lifetime.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Late nights on mobiles and computer screens, problems sleeping and then skipping breakfast the next day. This is a picture of life for many Welsh teenagers drawn from what is said to be the largest study of its kind.
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A centre that helps victims of crime has reported a worrying increase in the number of cases of sexual blackmail involving teenagers. Sioned Jacobsen, the operations manager at the North Wales Victim Help Centre, says youngsters are being targeted by online extortionists. Most people are referred to them by the police and other agencies but victims are also encouraged to call the centre themselves if they need expert support and guidance.
A new report suggests that a generation of obese Welsh teenagers may have done lasting damage to their hearts. Wales is currently ranked fourth in the world for childhood obesity, behind America, Canada and Greece. The new findings reveal that one in five Welsh year-olds is now overweight.
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ASH Wales spoke to Abi and Sophie from Bridgend who started smoking at the ages of 14 and 12, to find out more about why young people continue to smoke in Wales and the challenges they face when trying to quit. I started smoking when I was around 12 and a half. I was out with my friends who smoked and I was having family issues at the time.
The students from St. Jenny Willott MP said on her website:. I am delighted that they are engaging so actively with the political process; often the voice of younger members of the electorate get drowned out, so it is very important that MPs like me hear what really matters to these young people so we can represent them effectively.