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Teen Health

This page is solely for teenagers that have questions about health, but perhaps are too embarrassed to ask someone about what%u2019s bothering them. Each site covers a wide array of subjects such as bullying, substance abuse and physical health. There are websites that deal with specific issues such as cancer, obesity, mental health, homelessness and drug use. - Ages 16-25

Get Connected is a free, confidential helpline for young people under the age of 25. They are available 365 days a year and you can contact them via phone, webchat, email, text message or their 24/7 online directory Webhelp.

The issues that Get Connected deal with are:

  • Abuse and Violence
  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • Citizenship and cultural issues
  • Crime, the law and rights
  • Drink, drugs and addictions
  • Families and care
  • Mental health
  • Gender and sexual health
  • Self harm
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Physical health
  • Sex, relationships and pregnancy
  • Work, education and money

 - Ages 16-25 is run by charity Youthnet, they are guide to life for people aged 16 to 25 year olds. They offer non judgemental support and information on everything that young people would need to know such as:

  • Sex and relationships
  • Drink and drugs
  • Work and study
  • Community
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Home, law and money
  • Travel and free-time

 - Under 13s

This site is aimed towards younger children. Medikidz is a comic book series that was created for children to understand what their conditions are or what their parents%u2019 conditions are.

The Medikidz are a gang of larger than life super heroes form outer space. The names of the Medikidz are Chi, Pump, Skinderella, Axon and Gastro, each of the members are specialists in different parts of the body.

Teens First - Ages 12-16

Teens First is the site from Great Ormand Street Hospital that is directed towards teenagers.

The topics that Teens First cover are:

  • Coming to hospital
  • Staying in hospital
  • Leaving hospital
  • General health advice
  • Stories of teens and how they deal with their diagnoses
  • A health dictionary
  • Information on test and treatments
  • Video diaries
  • Glossary of conditions

Young minds is the UK%u2019s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people, driven by their experiences they campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

They also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through the parents%u2019 helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications. - Age 16-25 - homelessness

Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 1000 young people, aged 16%u201325, in London and the North East of England. They support young people into positive and independent living with health programmes, life skills and independent living with health programmes, life skills and learning opportunities.

Here are some of stats regarding homelessness and what Centrepoint do:

  • 80,000 young people in our services every year, aged 16 %u2013 25.
  • Since Centrepoint was established was established in 1969, they have supported more than 75,000 young people.
  • 60% of Centrepoint young people were in education, training or employment by March 2012.
  • They support a further 2,000 young people through partnering with over 30 youth homelessness organisations across the UK.

TIC  Teen Info on Cancer -

Teen Info on Cancer is a site set up by Macmillan to give teenagers more information and insight into cancer. The information that the site goes into detail are:

  • What causes cancer
  • Types of cancer
    - Which types are more likely to affect teens
  • How cancer is treated
  • Whether cancer can return after it%u2019d been treated
  • Tests and scans
  • Complimentary therapies
  • How to get treatments

FRANK provides a friendly, confidential and non judgemental service to anyone wanting help, information or advice about drugs. FRANK is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

FRANK aims to give young people the skills and confidence needed to reject drugs and offer parents the information they need to bring up the topic with their children.

Advice on this issue can be accessed through the FRANK helpline, webchat, email and text message.

The information that FRANK give is:

  • A glossary of drugs, the glossary gives all the information on the drugs and drug related slang.
  • There is a section where you can hear from others that have had their lives affected by drugs in some way.
  • How to deal with peer pressure.
  • How you help a friend that has been affected by drugs.
  • Videos on how drugs can affect the mind and the body

LARC stands for Long Acting Reversible Contraception, but it could just as easily stand for Lasting and Reliable Contraception - because that%u2019s exactly what it is. The LARC campaign is being run by NHS Derbyshire County, NHS Derby City and other local organisations. By raising awareness of what LARC is and where to get LARC from, they aim to reduce the rates of unplanned pregnancies amongst women from younger age groups.

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