Health Information

Feeling down?

Why the fuss about mental health? Well, how we feel and think is central to the way we live our lives. When we talk about mental health, we mean our ability to enjoy life and cope with its challenges. However, many things can make us feel down…


Sexual Health

Sexual health involves many things, including: knowing about your body and how it works; understanding the physical, social and emotional changes that come with puberty, pregnancy and ageing; keeping yourself and others safe; and finding information and support when things go wrong, such as an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection.


Who can you speak to?

If you need to know something about sexual health or need advice on a sexual health matter, you could try talking to someone “maybe your parents, guidance teacher, your doctor (GP) or the school nurse.

You could also speak to someone at a sexual health clinic. You can make an appointment at your nearest clinic by calling the NHS Sexual Health Department on 01294 323228 or visit


Where else can you get help or advice?

If you don’t want to talk to anyone about sexual health but need information, you could try your local library or the internet.

Useful websites include:

Who Can You Speak To?

If you’re feeling down you could speak to your doctor (GP), guidance teacher or your college counsellor.

If you don’t want to speak to any of them, there are organisations with trained counsellors who can help you out:


Freephone 0800 056 8181

This is a confidential listening, support and information helpline for anyone who is feeling anxious or distressed, or is experiencing an emotional crisis. The service is open from 7pm – 11pm on Monday to Friday and 11am – 11pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Breathing Space

Freephone: 0800 83 85 87

This is a confidential phone-line you can call if you’re feeling down or stressed. It’s open from 6pm till 2am in the morning. You can talk things over with an advisor who will listen to you and try to help prevent your problems getting worse. They can offer you advice and suggest local people who can help you with specific problems. Calls to this number won’t show up on your phone bill, and calls from some mobile networks, including Virgin, Orange and “3” are free. You may be charged for calls from other mobile networks.


Freephone 0800 1111

This is a confidential service which you can phone about any problem. It’s open 24 hours a day, every day. It’s free and won’t show up on your bill. Sometimes they are very busy, but keep trying.

NHS 24

Phone 111

You can call this number at any time if you would like information or advice on any health issue, including depression or mental health problems. They can tell you the best people to get support from and how to get in touch with them.

What We Know

Young people can feel down for many different reasons, some for no reason at all. Many young people can also feel stressed out.

Some common problems which young people experience include:

  • difficulties with family relationships
  • anxiety and phobias
  • depression
  • eating problems
  • worrying or obsessive thoughts
  • difficulties at school or college
  • dealing with traumatic events
  • compulsive behaviour
  • difficulties in relationships with peers
  • problems caused by aggression
  • lack of confidence