Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre is committed to improving the health of young people in East Devon. We endeavour to provide a welcoming, supportive environment for young people to attend and discuss their health needs and concerns.
Bicton College students can make an appointment through the student services department to see Dr Helen Parkes at her weekly clinics held at the college on a Wednesday at 12 noon.
We spoke with the students at Bicton College and they told us they would like somewhere to go for more information about health related issues. We have therefore put together the following list of resources solely for teenagers and young adults who may have questions about health, but perhaps are too embarrassed to ask someone about what’s bothering them.
Devon Safeguarding has pages specifically designed for young people which are easy to navigate and are full of advice and guidance. If you can't find the information relating to your needs then they ask you to call them direct on 0345 155 1071.
Each of the following web sites also cover a wide array of subjects such as bullying, substance abuse and physical health. Please following the links to explore the general health and wellbeing websites and also websites which deal with specific issues such as bereavement; bullying; domestic violence; cancer; carers; childline; drugs and alcohol; eating disorders; education and work; emotional and mental health; going to hospital; homelessness; sexual health and contraception; smoking; and thoughts, moods and feeling.
GENERAL HEALTH and WELLBEING WEBSITES
(1) Getconnected.org.uk (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
(2) Thesite.org (ages 16-25)
Thesite.org is run by charity Youthnet, they are guide to life for people aged 16 – 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
(3) Medikidz.com (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’ 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.
(4) NHS Choices
• Health information and links to local health services
• Bereavement advice and support when someone dies
• Phone: National Helpline 0844 477 9400, Local Helpline 01392 272406
(1) Bullying UK
• Advice about dealing with bullying, including cyberbullying • Phone: 0808 800 202
(1) TIC – Teen Info on Cancer - macmillan.org.uk
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 (ie which types are more likely to affect teens)
• How cancer is treated • Whether cancer can return after it’d been treated
• Tests and scans • Complimentary therapies • How to get treatments
(1) Carers UK and Young Carers
• Information and advice about caring and emotional support for carers
• Advice and support for young people on a wide range of issues • Phone: 0800 1111
(1) Women's Aid
• Information about domestic violence • Phone: 0808 2000 257
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
(1) FRANK - talktofrank.com
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. F
RANK 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
• Phone: 0800 77 66 00 • SMS: 82111
(2) Y-Smart (Youth-Substance Misuse, Advice, Recovery and Treatment)
• Drugs and alcohol prevention and treatment service for under 18's in Devon
• Accept GP/self/agency referrals • Phone: 01271 325500
• Information, advice and support for drugs and alcohol addiction and recovery
• Accept GP/self/parent/agency referrals
(4) Drink Aware
• Alcohol information service
EATING DISORDERS AND BODY IMAGE
• Supports young people in the UK to beat their eating disorders
• Phone: Youthline 0845 634 7650, Helpline 0845 634 1414
(2) Eating Disorders Support
• Help and support for anyone affected by an eating problem
• Phone: 01494 793223
EDUCATION AND WORK
(1) Careers South West
• Information, advice and guidance to help people engage in education and work
• Phone: 0800 97 55 111
EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Young minds is the UK’s 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’ helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.
GOING TO HOSPITAL
(1) Teens First – gosh.nhs.uk/teenagers/ (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
(1) Centrepoint.org.uk (age 16-25 – homelessness)
Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 1000 young people, aged 16–25, 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 – 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.
SEXUAL HEALTH and CONTRACEPTION
(1) LARC - onelessworry.nhs.uk
LARC stands for Long Acting Reversible Contraception, but it could just as easily stand for Lasting and Reliable Contraception - because that’s exactly what it is. 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.
(2) FPA (Family Planning Association)
• Information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships
• Directions to nearest free contraception or sexually transmitted infection testing clinic
• Phone: 0845 122 8690
• Free and confidential sexual health information for under 25s
• Phone: 0808 802 1234
• SMS: 07717 989 023
(4) Exeter NHS Walk in Centre
• Provides healthcare, information and advice without an appointment
• Phone: 01392 276892
• Address: Unit 4, 31 Sidwell Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6NN
(5) Sexting: "Exposed" is a 7 minute film aimed at teenagers aged 14-18, warning them of the dangers of sex-texting, or sexting. Sharing revealing or indecent images of themselves with friends can be easily distributed more widely on the web with devastating consequences. Please see the Education Film below:
(1) Quit Because
• Support and advice for young people who want to stop smoking • Phone: 0800 002200
(2) ASH (Action on Smoking and Health)
• Information and resources about smoking and stopping smoking • Phone: 0207 404 0242
THOUGHTS, MOODS AND FEELINGS
(1) CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
• Assessment and improvement of child and adolescent emotional health and wellbeing
• Accept referrals from young person, GP or parent • Phone: 01392 208600
• Confidential young suicide prevention advice • Phone: 0800 068 41 41 • SMS: 07786209697
(3) Rethink Mental Illness
• Help and information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses
• Phone 0300 5000 927
(4) Self Injury Support
• For girls and young women affected by self-injury • Phone 07800 472908
• Confidential emotional support • Phone 08457 90 90 90