Young People & Health
We hope that this page will help you to find useful information about health issues which affect young people.
Remember, if you are worried about your health talking about your feelings and worries with others can help, so its best to talk to a parent or another responsible adult who you trust and respect.
Sometimes it’s difficult to talk to people you know. There are help-lines that you can telephone for advice and support – we have given a couple of numbers below.
If you are a patient at Studholme Medical Centre you can make an appointment in your own right, and see a nurse or doctor on your own.
The Doctors and Nurses at the Surgery are here to listen to you without telling anyone about the issues you raise.Every appointment with the staff here is confidential, which means secret.This applies even if you are aged under 16
We will not tell anyone else unless we are concerned for your safety or the safety of others. This is very unusual and we’ll always discuss this with you first.
Chlamydia is the fastest growing sexually transmitted infection in the UK – as many as one in twelve sexually active young people aged 15 – 24 are thought to already carry the infection. It is a bacterial infection that is easily passed on through having unprotected sexual contact with someone who already has the infection.
You can get chlamydia through having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who already has the infection.
You don’t have to have full sex to get chlamydia.
If left untreated chlamydia can cause serious health problems, including infertility, in both men and women.
The good news is that a simple, readily available test can tell whether you have the infection, and treatment is simple and effective.
Testing kits are available at Studholme Medical Centre on request.
For more information about chlamydia and how you can get a test-kit: http://www.sexualhealthsurrey.co.uk/sexual-health-and-contraception/sexually-transmitted-infections/
More Information For Young People
Diabetes UK is an organisation that supports people with diabetes. They have a really good section on their web-site for young people:
Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health. If you are a smoker and want to give up, or you want to learn more to help a friend or relative to quit smoking try:
Sometimes it can be difficult to do normal day-to-day things, or relationships seem to go wrong all the time. “Young Minds” have a section on their website that gives more information about mental health issues for young people.
Weight & Eating
This can be a tricky subject! We worry about how being very overweight can be bad for young people’s health, and we worry about young people losing too much weight! This site looks at the views of lots of young people and has links to information on a range of weight-related issues such as body-image and health problems.
Young People with Disabilities
Lots of different young people have lots of different disabilities! Challengers is a Surrey based registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to adults and young people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities. Challengers helps young people aged 2 to 25yrs promoting activities within the local community, encourage mixing with other young people of all abilities, and provide opportunities to experience new skills, new friends and new places to visit.
Young People With Multiple Sclerosis
The Multiple Sclerosis Society web site has pages for young adults with MS. You will find links to information and community pages and a text alert service.
Young People and Cancer
The Teenage Cancer Trust’s web-site has lots of information, forums and support for young people diagnosed with cancer and their families.
Drugs & Alcohol
If you want more information about drugs and alcohol, or you need help or advice, the “Frank” website is really good.
For accurate factual information about sex and sexual health, and links to other web sites try:
The HPV Vaccine
The HPV vaccine is a series of 3 injections designed to help protect young women against some forms of cervical cancer when they get older. This link will give you more information, and contains a video in which a group of teenage girls and a GP explain how the HPV vaccine can reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
Young Carers and Young Adult Carers
Young carers and young adult carers care for, or help to care for, someone who has a long-term illness or disability. This might be a parent or grandparent, a brother or sister, or another family member. Sometimes the people the young person cares for has a physical illness or disability, but sometimes they have mental health problems or have problems with drugs or alcohol. There are lots and lots of young carers and young adult carers out there, but many young people don’t realise that there are others in the same position. Providing care for someone you love can be hard, but there is help out there!
Alphabetical Listing of all services in Surrey
Health and well being Surrey – Alphabetical list of all health care services in Surrey for young people. Information about health services and activities in Surrey.
Sports, Clubs and activities in Surrey
“Active Surrey” is a web site that provides lots of information about sport, clubs and physical activity in Surrey.
Advice And Support
Relate Staines provide counselling and help to Young people in Staines area.
Youth Health Talk
Youth Health Talk is an interactive website for young people. It provides information about many conditions, and stories from young people about their experiences of diagnosis and treatment. There are also forums where you can share stories and ask questions, and many other resources.
Is there a web-site or helpline that you think other young people would find helpful? If so then do let us know.