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Spunout Screen ShotSpunout.ie is a web based initiative for young people aged 17-24. It provides young people with access to information, support and resources to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.

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Don't Sweat it - A head to toe guide to personal care and hygiene

Cover of don't sweat it publicationIssues in relation to personal care and hygiene can present challenges for those working with young people. The importance of addressing hygiene/ personal care has been identified as an essential element in building self esteem and confidence in young people and promoting positive mental health. Carers and those working with young people have also recognised how issues in relation to personal care and hygiene can have a negative impact on young people's social interactions and access to employment.

Poor personal hygiene does not just affect the self-esteem and attitude of the individual themselves. In a work or learning environment, it can also affect the morale and performance of others. Poor hygiene and personal care habits can result in negative attitudes affecting interactions with other people. Individuals can be stereotyped, leading to stigma, rejection, prejudice and discrimination. These can have a negative influence on the quality of life and emotional and mental health of individuals. It can also have an impact on education, employment and interpersonal relations. Therefore, it is an important issue for young people.

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