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 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 shayr.com.
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:
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
- 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