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Teenage Health

This page is solely for teenagers that have questions about health, but perhaps are too embarrassed to ask someone about what’s 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 – 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’ 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. - Ages 12-16

The aim of is to provide web based, accurate and reliable health information, accurate and reliable health information to teenagers in an entertaining and informative way. There is an A-Z glossary for people to search for a specific topic and there is a Q&A session on the called Dr Ann. 

The topics they cover are: 

  • Alcohol 
  • Body issues 
  • Drugs 
  • Feelings
  • Illnesses 
  • Relationships 
  • Sex 
  • Smoking 
  • Weight 
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’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. - 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. 
The Zone – Meningitis Trust -

The zone is for younger children (under 13), this site informs the users on what meningitis is. It also lets the learner find out what they would need to know regarding the illness and what the terms actually are, such as: 

  • Meningitis
  • The most common germs that cause meningitis:
    - Virus Meningitis
    - Bacterial Meningitis
    - Meningococcal bacteria
    - Meningitis and Septicaemia

The zone also goes into: 

  • How to look for signs of meningitis
  • The symptoms 
  • The types of meningitis
  • How easy it is to catch it
  • How to prevent it
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’d been treated 
  • Tests and scans 
  • Complimentary therapies
  • How to get treatments

SHINE (Self Help Independence Nutrition and Exercise) aims to help obese young people, not only lose weight, but also to develop a range of skills to increase in confidence and self esteem. This enables young people to make more permanent changes to their lifestyles and to become a healthier and fitter person, both physically and mentally. 

The young people who participate in SHINE see a great improvement in their general health and fitness by participating in a wide range of activities. This is achieved through attending a series of programmes which helps young people not only make healthier life style changes, but to also maintain these changes for a period of time.

SHINE meet all the outcomes of "Every Child Matters", which are:  

  • Be Healthy: Young people are educated to make healthier food choices and are encouraged to increase their level of physical activity. Young people engage in a variety of activities which they would normally opt out of due to their size and shape for fear of being bullied or teased. 
  • Enjoy and achieve: The young people at SHINE get the opportunity to go on fun camping trips, often for the first time and participate in a wide range of team building activities, such as canoeing and rock climbing, which they normally wouldn’t have the confidence and money to do. Those over 14 years are encouraged to work towards achieving their Duke of Edinburgh award at bronze, silver and gold level. All achievements are rewarded in ceremonies. 
  • Stay safe: Coming form deprived areas, participating in all the activities as part of the SHINE project helps to keep young people safe and off the streets. Having weight problems leaves young people vulnerable to bullying and teasing when they go out. SHINE teaches them how to manage bullying and to respect themselves as equals. 
  • Achieve economic well being: If obese young people don’t lose weight there is a high risk of diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, infertility and depression. This means expensive medication and treatments which often leads to disabilities and unemployment. SHINE helps young people get a better start in life physically and emotionally. 
  • Make a positive contribution: The young people’s committee helps gives young people a voice in contributing to the continuous improvements, making SHINE even better. The young people have helped to produce two self care booklets and an educational DVD to help young people who don’t have the confidence to attend SHINE. This really is a positive contribution.

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

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