Teenager & Young Adult Health
Teenage years mark the change from childhood to adulthood and play a contributing role in the development of who you are as a person. The experiences that take place and the behavioural patterns that form during these years have lasting effects on your adult health and well-being.
Teens and young adults are under more stress today than ever before. Adolescence has always been a tricky developmental period, full of apprehension as you go seeking your identity and often you find yourself in situations which you feel are out of control.
The links provided through this website can inform you how to keep yourself and others around you safe if you find yourself in one of these situations and highlight many organisations at a national or a local level that are out there providing support if you feel it is needed; For example; you can link to national websites like Young Minds and NHS choices or local websites like OXME.info and The Abingdon Bridge .
Becoming an adult/young teenager means moving towards your own independence; this can mean going to the doctors without your parents/guardians, and obtaining your own patient confidentiality. Patient confidentiality is the fundamental back bone of the NHS and all staff should abide by this. The only time it can be broken is if a professional thinks you may be at risk, are putting another person at risk or at your own consent. This mechanism grants you personal freedom away from your parent/guardians if needs be, it is then down to your own judgement if you wish to tell family members about your medical concerns.
Alcohol is one of the most widely used drug substances in the world and can be a problem with up to 1 in 5 teens being considered "problem drinkers", impacting on their short term and long term health as well as increasing the risk of accidents. Alcohol slows your breathing rate, heart rate, and how well your brain functions. If you drink alcohol, it is best to do so in moderation. Read more here...
Find out the things you need to ask yourself if you're thinking about having sex. Read more here...
There are a number of sexual health clinics in locations throughout Oxfordshire and all offer basic sexual health screening (tests), treatment, contraception and advice. Find out more here...
Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK - about 100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking. Smoking-related deaths are mainly due to cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease, and the younger you are when you start smoking, the more likely you are to die early from smoking. Smoking-related deaths are not quick deaths with several years of illness and distressing symptoms before you die. Don’t start but if you do it is never too late to stop. Read more here...
Substance abuse is the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances and illicit drugs. Psychoactive substance use can lead to behavioural, cognitive, and physiological problems and substance dependency, with difficulty controlling its use despite harmful consequences, the user usually gives a higher priority to drug use than to other activities and obligations. Read more here...
Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone (including adolescents) in the UK for free on the NHS, and the ages at which they should ideally be given. Read more here...
If you're a teenager, you may be confused about how to exercise to get stronger, stay healthy or, for some, lose or gain weight. There is no right way to workout and no perfect exercise that you have to do to be fit but you should try to do vigorous exercise 3 days a week and more moderate exercise during the rest of the week. Read more here...
Counselling & Support available to teens & young adults
A counsellor or certain support organisations can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings, offering emotional and practical support. Here are some useful sites for teens and young adults.
STRESS - We all have stress at some stage of our lives, but when you are young it can seem too much and become a problem where you need to seek help. Please speak to your GP or if 16/17 years old you can self-refer to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/children-and-young-people/young-people/oxfordshire/crisis/
YOUNGMINDS - Youngminds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. http://www.youngminds.org.uk/about
BULLYING - Bullying takes many forms and can happen anywhere. To better understand take a look at the childline bullying page https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/types-bullying/
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - This is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of young men in the UK. https://www.thecalmzone.net/
CHILDLINE - Childline is there to support young people. https://www.childline.org.uk/
PAPYRUS - Provides confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. https://www.papyrus-uk.org/