New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.
David Morgan
575-528-5197 Office
575-649-0754 Mobile

Always a Good Time for Parents, Teens to Say, “Let’s Talk.”

October 30, 2014 - Family Planning - Awareness

Our mission is to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation.

We’ve all had the “How do I respond to THAT?” moment with our kids. In some cases, the questions get harder as they grow older.

From questions about our bodies to baffling issues with bullies, we want to know (and want to help).

There are probably few talks more important than talking to our kids about sexual health. So many of us parents think there’s nothing we can tell them about it that matters, and that’s so untrue.

According to the Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy, teens consistently say that parents most influence their decisions about sex. In fact, 86 percent of adults and 76 percent of parents surveyed think it would be much easier for teens to postpone sex and avoid pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.

Every October is recognized as Let’s Talk Month, an opportunity for parents and others to spread the good news about just how important parents can be in helping teens make good decisions about sex health.

“Let’s Talk Month is important because it supports parents,” said Educational Project Officer Heather Metcalf from the New Mexico Department of Health’s Family Planning Program. “Not all parents may feel comfortable with or have the resources to discuss healthy relationships and sexual health with their children.”

BrdsNBz Text Messaging Service

The BrdsNBz Text Message Warm Line provides confidential, factually accurate answers to sexual health questions via text message. A young person simply texts a question, and a trained health educator responds within 24 hours.

The New Mexico Department of Health helps both parents and teens bridge that gap with its BrdsNBz Text Messaging Service. BrdsNBz provides confidential, factually accurate answers to sexual health questions via text message. Parents or teens can simply text a question, and a trained health educator responds within 24 hours.

Teens can text NMTeen to 66746 to use the BrdsNBz service. Parents can text NMParent to 66746. Just taking a few minutes to ask a question can make a difference.

“Parent-teen communication is an important protective factor in delaying sexual initiation and preventing teen pregnancy,” said Metcalf. “When parents affirm the value of their children, teens more often develop positive, healthy attitudes about themselves. Helping teens to develop self-confidence and self-efficacy is vital in fostering long-term healthy decision making about relationships.”

Just because Let’s Talk Month is winding down doesn’t mean the importance of this subject ends this month.

Learn More

For more information on “Let’s Talk Month”, log onto the Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy website. More information on the Department of Health’s BrdzNBz program can be found in the Teen Family Planning section of our website.

Media Contact

We would be happy to provide additional information about this press release. Simply contact David Morgan at 575-528-5197 (Office) or 575-649-0754 (Mobile) with your questions.

Versión en Español

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Siempre Es un Buen Momento para Padres y Adolescentes decir: “Hablemos.”