Teens and Young Adults
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.
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
- Young Devon are a charity which provide counselling and wellbeing to all young people in Devon aged 11-25 years.
- Locally, Young Devon are supporting young people in Budleigh, Exmouth and Woodbury, aged 11-18 years, in Exmouth Community College.
- Wellbeing practitioners based in the college can offer face to face and virtual individual CBT sessions, wellbeing conversations and counselling support.
- An ECC student can speak to their Pastoral Support Assistant who will help them make a referral or you can make a referral direct by visiting their website.
- It is important to note that you do not have to be a student at this college to benefit from this service and can self-refer or ask your doctor to refer on your behalf.
- ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well.
- Healios is working towards ensuring children, young people and adults have the best chance of achieving their goals and fulfil their life's potential through supporting mental health, emotional wellbeing and resilience.
Get Connected (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
The Site (ages 16-25)
- The Site is run by charity Youth Net, 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
- Bereavement advice and support when someone dies
- Phone: National Helpline 0844 477 9400, Local Helpline 01392 272406
- Advice about dealing with bullying, including cyberbullying • Phone: 0808 800 202
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
- 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
- Information about domestic violence • Phone: 0808 2000 257
Education & Work
- Information, advice and guidance to help people engage in education and work
- Phone: 0800 97 55 111
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