What help and support is available to young people?

Do you want more information on Drugs, Alcohol and Legal Highs?

Drugs A-Z: Know what’s what. 

Find out the info and the slang.

Are you ‘under the influence’? Do you feel under pressure to take drugs?

Are you worried about a friend?  Learn about how you can help them out.

A chance to hear both sides of the story.

Legal highs – just because it’s legal, it doesn’t mean it’s safe.  

Website

Find out the facts - visit www.talktofrank.com

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Worried about your sexual health?

Local services are available if you need advice on any of the following:

  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and testing
  • Contraception - routine and emergency
  • Pregnancy testing
  • HIV testing and treatment
  • Chlamydia testing and treatment
  • Free condoms
  • Psychosexual counselling

Websites

Let’s talk about it   

  • Offering services in Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, Basingstoke, Andover and Aldershot. 

Keep love sweet

  • Offering services in Dorset

Check it out

  • Offering service in IOW

 

 

Are you being bullied?

If you think you are being bullied it’s important that you tell someone you trust for example a relative, a teacher or another trusted adult.

If you need help or advice about bullying there are helplines and websites that can provide you with information and support:

Helplines

  • Childline is the UK's free, confidential helpline for children and young people. They offer advice and support, by phone and online 24 hours a day. Whenever and where you need them, they'll be there. Call 0800 1111. They have a designated page for bullying issues that includes a video about building up your confidence after bullying.
  • Direct Gov provide information for young people on cyberbullying, bullying on social networks, internet and email bullying, bullying on mobile phones, bullying at school, what to do about bullying and information and advice for people who are bullying others and want to stop.
  • Each has a freephone Actionline for children experiencing homophobic bullying: 0808 1000 143. It's open Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.

Websites

The websites below have lots of information and advice for anyone who has had experience of bullying.

  • Childline tips on bullying
  • Bullying general advice
  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) maintains a website for children and young people, and parents about staying safe online Think U Know 

Are you worried you might have cancer?

If you have any of the symptoms below - and especially if they last for a while and you can't explain them - get them checked out by a doctor. Don't panic though - none of these are only caused by cancer.

  • Pain that doesn’t go away quickly when you take painkillers
  • Lumps, bumps and swellings
  • Sudden weight loss when you’re not dieting, stressed or exercising hard
  • Feeling completely exhausted, all of the time
  • Changes to moles – their size or colour, or if they start bleeding
  • Headaches or dizziness that won’t go away
  • Getting out of breath more easily than normal
  • Bleeding you can’t explain – for instance in your urine or poo, after sex, between periods, or if you vomit
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Ongoing changes when you go for a poo – like constipation or diarrhoea (or both), pain, or feeling like you’ve not quite finished going
  • Sweating a lot at night.


Useful websites:

The Teenage Cancer Trust

Worried about your weight?

Television, radio, newspapers, friends and often family share very different information abuot what a "healthy weight" is and how to reach it. It's hard to know who (or what) to believe.

What we know:

  • If you’re underweight or overweight, and not active – you have higher risks for a number of health problems.
  • Your food choices and activity level affect your weight.
  • Concerns about weight can cause anxiety and depression for many, which can lead to low self - esteem.
  • Healthy people come in a wide range of sizes and shapes – a “perfect one size fits all body” doesn’t exist.

Useful websites:

Healthy Eating

Helpguide

Do you think you might have an eating disorder?

Recognising that you have an eating disorder can be difficult. You might not want to talk to other people about your issues because you don’t want to worry them or waste their time, or because you feel guilty, embarrassed or ashamed. However, eating disorders are illnesses and you deserve to be taken seriously and to be supported in the same way as if you were affected by any other illness. Whether your eating difficulties began recently, you’ve been struggling for a while or you’re finding yourself falling back into old habits, you deserve support to help overcome your issues. 

Are you worried that a friend might have an eating disorder?

It's not easy to watch someone you care about damage his or her health—especially when the solution appears, at least on the outside, to be simple. But eating disorders aren't really about food or weight. They are attempts to deal with emotional and stress-related issues.  Encourage them to tell their parents, a teacher or an adult that they trust.  Offer to be there with them when they do!

Useful websites

B-eat is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape.

Helpguide a non profit guide to mental health and wellbeing

Find local support

Are you feeling down?

It's normal to feel down some of the time. However, if it starts affecting your work, relationships or ability to socialise, you might be depressed and may need some help.It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help but a sign of strength to recognise that you have these feelings and are unable to cope. Watch out for warning signs such as:- 

  • General feelings of unhappiness which don't go away.
  • Feeling very tired and having no energy.
  • Finding it difficult to sleep and waking up frequently during the night.
  • Not wanting to go out or mix with people but spending a lot of time on your own.
  • Finding it difficult to concentrate and make even easy decisions.
  • Having no appetite and eating very little.
  • Having no feeling of enjoyment in life.
  • Losing self-confidence and feeling worthless.
  • Being very irritable, anxious, and impatient.
  • Feeling very negative about life.
  • Having no interest in life.
  • Having suicidal thoughts.

The key is to talk to someone you trust such as a family member, friend, teacher, youth leader, GP, counsellor or someone on a helpline.

Do you feel stressed?

Everyone gets stressed from time to time. Lots of things can stress us out, including school work piling up, exams or being bullied. It affects different people in different ways, including making you feel tired all of the time, unable to concentrate, going off your food or having various aches and pains. Most importantly, don't suffer in silence - feeling alone makes it harder to deal with. Talking to somebody you trust can really help you to deal with stress. This could include a friend you trust, a family member, a teacher or counsellor at school or your GP.  If you find that you're trying to ‘block out’ stress by using drugs or alcohol, you definitely need to seek help urgently.

Useful websites:

AnxietyUK

Young Minds

Do you self-harm?

The phrase ‘self-harm’ is used to describe a wide range of behaviours. Self-harm is often understood to be a physical response to an emotional pain of some kind, and can be very addictive. Some of the things people do are quite well known, such as cutting, burning or pinching, but there are many, many ways to hurt yourself, including abusing drugs and alcohol or having an eating disorder. Sometimes, it’s more important to focus on how someone is feeling rather than what they do to themselves. Quite often, people find that more helpful. 

Useful websites:

SelfharmUK

Young Minds

The Site

Are you unsure of your sexuality or gender identity?

Are you aged 13-25yrs and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or are you questioning or unsure of your sexuality or gender identity?

For confidential support and advice:

If you live in Hampshire and IOW contact: 

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If you live in Dorset contact:

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Has someone important in your life died?

When someone close to you dies, you may have all sorts of confusing feelings like being angry or sad.  You may even feel guilty that it was your fault or if you didn’t say the things you wanted to.  All these feelings are normal but difficult to understand.

Websites

If you live in Hampshire contact: Simon Says

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If you live in Dorset contact: Mosaic

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Do you require advice about your health?

For information about where you should go for help on health issues, go to the section, Who should I speak to about my health?

NHS 111 is the NHS non-emergency number, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

General health advice:

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Do you need to talk through a problem in confidence?

Childline offers a private and confidential service for young people up to the age of 19yrs.  You can speak to a ChildLine counsellor about anything, no problem is too big or too small.  Call free on 0800 1111 and have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.

 

No Limits helps young people under 26yrs who live in Southampton and Hampshire – offering free and confidential information, advice, counselling and support.

 

The Hideout aim to help young people understand domestic abuse and to take positive action if it is happening in their lives.

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