International Youth Day 2014


International Youth Day is August 12
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“…[L]et us show that mental health matters to us all.”
-U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Today is International Youth Day.
It is a day when governments and others
can bring attention to youth issues.

The theme this year
is Youth and Mental Health.
A U.N. report shows that
20% of the world’s youth experience mental health issues.
The slogan this year is “Mental Health Matters.”

Too many youth suffer pain in silence.
Many people do not like to talk about their struggles.
But it is important to talk about it. It is important to listen.
There is help available for youth.

If you or someone you know need help, call the local crisis line.
In B.C., visit this link to find the help you need.

To learn more about youth around the world, visit the United Nations website.

(Source: United Nations)©2012 The Official Westcoast Reader

Watch the Perseid meteor shower


Perseid Meteor seen from space (International Space Station, 8/13/11)
(Image: Courtesy of NASA)

Every year, you can watch the Perseid meteor shower.

Sometimes people call the event “shooting stars”. But they are not stars.

A meteor shower is really just many streaks of light.
The light is caused by dust as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere.

This year, the event takes place on August 12th and 13th.
There will be up to 100 shooting stars each hour!

If you live in the northern hemisphere, find a dark place outside.
Then look up at the sky. The shower becomes visible after 10:00pm.
The best visibility is just before dawn.

You can learn more about the Perseid shower here.

(Source: The National Post)©2012 The Official Westcoast Reader