If you are worried about your health, it is important to speak to a doctor, nurse or trained specialists who will be able to help you.

1. General health

A good place to start is NHS Choices, which has lots of useful information about conditions, treatments and health support. It will tell you where your nearest doctor, pharmacy, dentist or support group is. Or you could call 111.

2. Alcohol and drugs

If you need help with alcohol or drug addiction, or if you want some information on the effects they can have on your health, these sites are a good starting point:

3. Sexual health

If you are sexually active, it is essential that you look after your sexual health and protect yourself by having safe sex. You should not feel under any pressure to have unsafe sex. Having unsafe sex can lead to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can affect your long-term health. 

  • Brook (0808 802 1234) and the FPA (0845 122 8690) offer useful information on STIs and sexual health
  • bpas (08457 30 40 30) offers advice on pregnancy and contraception
  • Terrence Higgins Trust (0845 1221 200) has particularly helpful advice for gay and lesbian young people 

4. Mental health

If you are depressed, don’t suffer alone. There are places you can get help and people you can talk to:

  • Samaritans (08457 90 90 90) provide 24/7 confidential, non-judgmental support
  • Childline (0800 1111) and Papyrus (HOPELineUK 0800 068 4141) offer advice for young people who feel suicidal
  • Mind (0300 123 3393) helps people take control of their mental health
  • TheSite.org offers good advice on a range of issues, particularly self-harm
  • beat has information on eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia

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