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What is Teen Maze?


Teen Maze is a FREE and fun event where you have the opportunity to join other teens in exploring making the best decisions for your future. Just like in real life, each decision you make in this maze has a consequence. Join us on Saturday, March 17, at CGTC Titans Arena to find out where your decisions take you!

What to expect

Through this interactive maze, you’ll encounter different situations and outcomes that will greatly impact your opportunity to “win” or graduate. Some of these situations include a car crash scene, drunk driving simulation and going to court or jail. You’ll also learn about the consequences and responsibilities involving: dating, safe sex, drug abuse and so much more.

Why should I attend Teen Maze?

At the Teen Maze, you’ll find out what happens when you make good life decisions… and you’ll see how drastically a bad decision can change your life. After this event, you’ll be able to make informed decisions that could increase your chance of graduating and achieving your goals. Teen Maze is hosted by Macon-Bibb County Health Department in partnership with many community organizations.

How can I sign up?

You can register online right now! 

Once you sign up, you’ll need to complete the following forms before you attend Teen Maze:

How do I improve my mental health?


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Mental health—meaning your psychological or emotional well-being—is just as important as your physical health! If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, tense, unsure of yourself, or any other uncomfortable feelings, give these tips a try to help improve your mental health.

Take care of yourself

A great way to take care of yourself is to treat yourself with kindness and respect. Also, you should take care of your physical health which directly links to your mental health. Eat healthy foods, exercise 60 minutes a day, drink plenty of water and get 8 hours of sleep.

Find happy, safe spaces

Healthy environments can improve your mental health immediately.  A healthy environment can include supportive friends and family, and can be at home, school or work–wherever you feel safe and happy! A great way to get into a healthy environment is by joining a club or volunteering in your community.

Talk to a professional

If you’ve tried the suggestions above and your mental health isn’t improving, it may be time to see a mental health professional. There is absolutely nothing wrong with talking to a doctor and taking medication to help improve your mental state.

Want to know more ways of improving your mental health? Check out these resources:

Am I Being Bullied?


Am I Being Bullied?

Bullying can happen at any age, and can be something that happens just once, or something that happens over and over.  It can take the form of hitting, pushing or kicking, name-calling, ignoring, leaving someone out of a group or telling stories about someone. It can also happen online, which is called cyberbullying.

Why would someone become a bully?

People who bully others often do it because they want to belong to a group, and it makes them feel ‘popular.’ Other times, they do it because they’re unhappy with their lives, and they can only feel good when they make someone else feel bad. Some bullies act mean to others because that’s how they were treated themselves in the past, and they think it’s normal behavior to treat others badly.

What if I’m being bullied?

If you’re being bullied, you need to get away from the bully immediately. Once you’re away from the bullies, tell your parents or guardians. If you’re at school, tell your teacher. The adults who you told should help you put an end to the bullying. Know that you’re not doing anything to deserve the bullying and you deserve to get help from an adult.

What if I know someone else who’s being bullied?

If you see someone being bullied, try and stand up for that person. Tell the bully to stop what they’re doing and walk the person being bullied away from the situation. Put yourself in the shoes of the person being bullied. How would that make you feel? After you and the person who was being bullied get away, help him or her find an adult to talk to, and tell them what you saw as well. It’s important that you do the right thing and speak up for people when they need help.

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Why do I feel this way?


Why Do I Feel This Way?

Have you ever felt incredibly sad for more than a few days, or felt on-edge and you didn’t know how to handle that feeling? You might have been feeling depression or anxiety. Neither of these conditions are fun or healthy—so we’re gonna share some tips to get you feeling better.

What is depression?

Depression is when you feel discouraged, sad, hopeless and/or disinterested in your life. You don’t feel like getting up, getting dressed, eating or moving around, and would rather stay in bed all day. You won’t want to hang out with your friends or family members like you usually do. These feelings can come and go, or they can be with you for a long time.

No one expects you to feel happy and full of energy every single day. But if you feel like this for more than 2 weeks, you should talk to an adult about how you’ve been feeling. They can help you talk through it, or connect you with a professional who can help.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is when you feel like you are “on edge” or full of panic. If you have an anxiety attack, your heart may start pounding and your breathing could get faster. You might feel sweaty or shaky. Your stomach might feel upset. You may even feel like the world is crashing down on you.
It’s normal to feel anxious on the first day of school or just before a big test—but if that anxiety is so strong that it prevents you from trying new things, then you should talk to an adult about it.

Can’t I just ignore these feelings and get better?

We don’t recommend that. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you fell and broke your leg, of course you would go to the doctor and get a cast! In the same way, if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, you should talk with someone about your feelings and get help.

The thing is, issues like depression and anxiety are hard to see from the outside. That’s why it’s important for you to speak up and share your feelings with an adult that you trust.

Who can I talk to?

Are you feeling depressed, anxious or any other bad feelings, but you don’t have anyone to talk to? Call us at the Teen Health Center! It’s free and easy for you to call, text or visit, and we’ll help you get on the road to feeling better. We want you to be the best person you can be, both mentally and physically!

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What can I do if someone’s bothering me?


Have you ever been taunted, harassed, made fun of, humiliated or even physically harmed? Is the same person or group of people targeting you over and over again? If your answer is yes, then you may be a victim of bullying.

Types of Bullying

Bullies make their victims feel inadequate. They can do that through words, manipulation or physical harm. Here are some different types of bullying:

Emotional Bullying: This is a very subtle form of bullying, and can actually be a bit manipulative. Emotional bullying will make you feel isolated or alone, and may even leave you feeling depressed.

Verbal Bullying: Verbal bullying includes words or phrases that attack your self-image and may leave you feeling humiliated. If someone is verbally bullying you, they’re probably saying mean things about your appearance or character that make you doubt yourself.

Physical Bullying: This is the most obvious form of bullying. Physical bullying often includes kicking, pushing, punching or other physically harmful actions. Physical bullying can leave you feeling afraid or forced to do something that you don’t want to do.

Cyber Bullying: Any typed messages, photos or rumors sent directly to you or shared at your expense via instant messaging, texting, over a blog/form or through social media counts as cyber bullying. Even though it’s restricted to the digital realm, cyber bullying is just as dangerous as any other kind of bullying.

How to Get Help

If you’re being bullied, don’t keep it secret! Tell your friends, your parents or another trusted adult. Keep a secret journal and write down who is bullying you, what they’re doing and when it happens. Save pictures, messages or copies of conversations.

If there’s a chance that you could be physically harmed, make sure you’re never alone. Walk home with friends or stick close to other groups as they’re heading home. If there’s a certain time or place that you’re being bullied, switch up your schedule—even if that means talking to teachers or counselors and getting them involved.

Need someone to talk to about bullying? Contact us today using our anonymous text line (478-796-5367) and we’ll share more tips to safely escape your bully. Or visit www.stopbullying.gov to learn more about preventing teenage bullying.