Does your teen know how to make their own doctor's appointment? Do they know their privacy rights re: confidentiality around topics like sexuality and mental health? Self-efficacy within the health care system is an essential life skill for teens, and one that will not develop if they aren't given the opportunity to navigate the system on their own (or with minimal support from parents). Here's a great read for teens and parents alike, on this subject. There is also a fantastic list of resources/hotlines at the end.
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