Healthy Teenagers

This page is designed to provide links to health information as well as to access services available to you on the NHS for which you can self-refer without needing to see your GP first.  Follow the links to the various websites.

NHS Choices & NHS Live Well Provides a wealth of information from the NHS on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living. 

healthy teenagers

 

Health Living and Lifestyle Advice

Modern life can mean that we’re a lot less active.  With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to. Nine out of 10 of kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies to Change4Life  offers tips and advice  towards eating well, moving more - and living longer.

Live Well Kent is designed to help you improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing, a free service for anyone over 17. You might want to improve your everyday living, become more independent and confident, meet new people, get better skills or find a job. Whatever it is, they're there to help, what is discussed will remain confidential. 

 

Mental Health & Well Being and Addictions

HeadStart Kent is part of Kent County Council’s Early Help and Preventative Services and aims to help young people cope better when faced with difficult circumstances in their lives, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems by supporting young people to develop their own resilience to cope with the everyday pressures they may face throughout their lives.

Young Minds are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges and to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.  Free phone 0800 1111

Mind  can help you make choices about treatment, understand your rights or reach out to sources of suppor, there is an online tool for urgent help, or phone 0300 123 3393  or Text 86463

Samaritans  Whatever you're going through, call free any time on 116 123.   If you need a response immediately, it's best to call them on the phone, you don't have to be suicidal to call. 

West Kent Talking Therapies – Think Action If you are over 18 and feeling stressed, anxious, panicky, low or sad, West Kent Talking Therapies can help.  By providing a range of free and confidential talking therapies, face to face, over the phone and online, on behalf of the NHS. Contact Talking Therapies to find out how they can help you.  You can refer yourself. 

Ieso Online Talking Therapies.  If you are over 18 you can self-refer for CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) delivered through written conversation with a therapist via the internet, the service is discreet, secure and available at a time and location that suits you.

Private Counselling To find a local counsellor visit the Counselling Directory website.

Or in an acute emergency attend A&E at The Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury

 

Addictions

Alcoholics Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Gamblers Anonymous UK This site offers various help for the compulsive gambler including a Forum, Chat Room, Literature and of course most importantly a meeting finder.  Meetings are the core of Gamblers Anonymous and we have meetings every day of the week throughout the UK. 

 

Sexuality

LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential and we aim to be; ‘here if you need us.’ we support LGBT people to increase their skills, knowledge and self-confidence to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.  Phone 0345 330 3030 

Mermaids Support for young people and teenagers (19 or under) who may have gender identity issues.  Helpline 0844 334 0550 or from a mobile 0344 334 0550 (Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm).

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline  A telephone service giving support advice and referrals to young people who may be confused about their sexuality, as well as providing advice on gay issues.  Helpline: 0300 330 0630 (lines open 10am to 10pm). 

Young Stonewall We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone.  We have laid deep foundations across Britain so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves. 

The BeYou Project Being young and LGBT+ can feel complicated and lonely. The BeYou Project offers advice and support that young people might be struggling to find locally.  It’s a free service (which is part of the charity Porchlight) that works with 13 to 25-year-olds who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary or are questioning their sexual orientation and / or gender identity. It operates across Kent and now Medway.

 

Sexual Health

You can call the national sexual health helpline free on 0300 123 7123, your call will be treated with sensitivity and in strict confidence.  Visit the NHS choices pages for further information

You can contact a sexual assault referral centre (SARC), where you can get specialist support and medical care if you have been sexually assaulted, for more information click here

Worth Talking About   NHS information and advice about sex for anyone aged 12 to 18.  Helpline: 0300 123 29 30 (lines open Monday – Friday 2pm – 8pm, weekends 2pm – 4pm)

KCC Sexual Health website gives information on local clinics and services. You can check symptoms of STI's and even order a home testing kit if you don't want to attend a clinic. 

 

Social Care and Support

Kent Young Carers is the countywide service for Young Carers aged 5-18 across Kent.  Young Carers are taking on caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue.  KYC works with schools, communities, and statutory and voluntary agencies to identify hidden young carers. Following assessment, KYC offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, one-to-one support, in school support and workshops.  More about KYC here.

Carers First Do you look after a relative who could not manage without your support? Then you are a carer and you may wish to talk to Carers First about your caring situation.   Carers FIRST can offer support to young carers,  providing emotional and practical support, advice, information, guidance  and more!