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.
(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:
(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:
(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 Website
(1) Bullying 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:
(1) Women's Aid
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:
(4) Drink Aware
(1) Anxiety BC
A Canadian site which has very useful tips for learningn to manage anxiety.
Assessment and improvement of child and adolescent emotional health and wellbeing. Accept referrals from young person, GP or parent • Phone: 01392 208600
A personal meditation guide.
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.
Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Help and information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Phone 0300 5000 927.
Stem4 is a teenage mental health charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage.
Young Devon is the largest young people’s charity in the South West. Our mission is simply to make Devon a better place for all young people. Each year we work with over 2,000 young people, building quality relationships to help them thrive.
(10) Young Minds
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.
Teens First is the site from Great Ormand Street Hospital that is directed towards teenagers. The topics that Teens First cover are:
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:
Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide.
National self harm network forum.
Papyrus (also known as Hope Line UK), is a national confidential support service for any young person under the age of 35 years who is at risk of suicide, or anyone who is worried about a young persona at risk of suicide. Phone: 0800 068 41 or SMS: 07786 209697.
The Samaritans offer a 24 hour confidential listening service providing emotional support to anyone in crisis. Phone 08457 90 90 90.
For girls and young women affected by self-injury • Phone 07800 472908
Sexual health & contraception
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.
Address: Dewdney Unit, Exmouth Hospital, Claremont Grove, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2JN
(6) 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