Your teen years are a period of growth, not only physically but emotionally and intellectually. During these years you will encounter many new and exciting life experiences, however, it's understandable that somethings may be at times stressful and confusing. We hope that some of the information and links on this page will help with questions you may have.
You can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 if you’re worried about your safety. ChildLine is always open and free to call.
Mental Health Issues
If you are worried about your Mental Health you can book an appointment to see one of our doctors and/or contact the organisations below:
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Young minds explores different issues which may be Worrying young people including abuse, eating disorders,self harm and mental health.
Every Mind Matters: NHS Mental Health website
Saneline SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. Call their helpline on 0300 304 7000 from 4:30pm - 10:30pm every evening.
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Help and Advice
Young people who identify as LGBTQ+ or are unsure often feel isolated and alone with their sexuality or gender identity. At Breakout Youth, you will find a group of likeminded young people that you can socialise with safely. You’ll also find help with those feelings of isolation or confusion. They run confidential youth groups based the New Forest.
ChatHealth: Text 07507 332160
Worried about Bullying?
Worried about domestic abuse?
Contraceptive advice and contraceptives are provided by all our Doctors and our Nurses. Everyone (including under 16 year olds) will be treated confidentially. All contraceptive methods, including emergency contraception, are provided free of charge.
Known as the "morning after pill", emergency contraception is available at our surgery from either our doctors or our urgent care nurses. It can be effective if taken within 72 hours of having unprotected intercourse or a condom failure. The earlier it is taken the more effective it is likely to be. If, however, you are unable to attend the Surgery, emergency contraception can be purchased from selected pharmacies within the area.
A Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic is held at the Arnewood Practice (New Milton) on Tuesday from 2 pm- 5 pm. This is an open access clinic, and therefore no appointment is necessary. This is a nurse lead clinic run by Solent Health not the practice. Services provided include:
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) teasting and treatment
- Emergency contraception
- Unplanned pregnancy services
- HIV treatment
- Free condoms
- Psychosexual counselling
- Sexual health information and advice
- Referral to vasectomy services
For more information about the services please ring 0300 300 2016
Drinking and Drugs
Frequently asked Questions Teenagers often ask us:
'Do my parents have to know I have an appointment at the Health Centre?'
No. If you are under 16 years old you can consent to treatment as long as you have enough understanding and intelligence to fully appreciate what is involved. This is known as being "Gillick competent". Additional consent by a person with parental responsibility is not required. However, there are strict guidelines for healthcare professionals who work with people under 16. If they believe there's a risk to your safety and welfare, they may decide to tell your parents.
For us to be able to maintain your confidentiality we remove your parent’s mobile numbers and email addresses from your record when you turn 13. It is important you only give us your personal mobile number so your parents do not get sent your appointment reminders.
'Can I book an appointment to talk about sex?'
You do not need to be embarrassed about seeing a Doctor about relationships. If you would like to talk about your sexual health you can book an appointment to see one of our Doctors or you can attend a local clinic 'Lets Talk about it'
Its ok to say no! Don't feel awkward about saying no to sex or kissing, touching or any other sexual activity. 'No' is an important word in sex and relationships. Find out how you can say no
'Should I have The Men ACWY vaccine?'
This is your choice but we would strongly advise you to take up the offer of the vaccination. All 17-24 year olds are eligible up to their 25 birthday. Cases of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are rising, due to a particularly aggressive strain.
Meningitis and septicaemia can kill very quickly. Older teenagers and students are at high risk of this infection due to lifestyle.The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. Please contact the surgery to check your eligibility and to book an appointment. For more information about the main signs and symptoms of Meningitis click here.
Watch the clip opposite to learn more:
Be Car Safe!
Driving and travelling on the roads is the most dangerous thing most of us do regularly. Young people are involved in a huge proportion of road crashes.
Stay safe on the road:
Always wear a Seatbelt
Never accept a lift from someone you don’t trust completely to drive under the speed limits and focus on the road.
Look out for yourself and your friends when out on foot and bike. Choose the safest routes you can (which are often nicer anyway), like quieter, slower roads, with pavements if you’re walking or cycle paths if you’re going by bike. It’s easy to get distracted by your phone or by friends, but you need to be alert to traffic.
Visit Brake for more tips on staying safe on the road.