Health and wellbeing

sexual health, emotional wellbeing and healthcare

Looking after our health and wellbeing is really important!

From our emotional health to our sexual health, there are plenty of ways we can make sure we have all of the information we need to make positive choices about our wellbeing. 

Sexual health

Information, advice and support at young people's centres

Services for Young People provides a range of sexual health services to young people aged 13-19 (up to 25 for those leaving care and for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) through its young people's centres. The service is free and confidential and includes:

  • Free condoms
  • Free chlamydia testing
  • Free pregnancy testing
  • Sexual and general health advice


Sexual health services and information not provided by Services for Young People

Sexual Health Hertfordshire's Clinic U is specifically for LGBT+ people and runs in Watford and Stevenage on alternating weeks, offering sexual health services to anyone who identifies as LGBT+.

The NHS has sexual health information and advice for gay and bisexual men and lesbian and bisexual women.

Over 16s can order free condoms and/or chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing kits online via the Get It website.

HIV testing and support

Both HIV and syphilis tests are also available from the National HIV Homes Sampling ServiceFree Testing HIV

Terrence Higgins Trust continues to offer support for people newly diagnosed with HIV and those living with HIV. More information about HIV can be found here Terrence Higgins Trust - HIV and sexual health

Positively UK is a website which offers youth-specific services to those with HIV, run by HIV-positive young people. 


Emotional wellbeing

Your mental health is vital. It affects your day-to-day functioning and can have long term effects if it isn’t at its best. There are lots of places you can go for support, from Services for Young People projects to online support.

SfYP runs a range of emotional wellbeing projects and programmes for young people aged 11-17. These projects are designed to provide you with strategies for managing your emotions, improving your self-esteem and helping you to address the pressures and challenges of day to day life. They are a fantastic way to access support from friendly Youth Workers in a safe environment. For more information on this, please click this link:

Emotional wellbeing projects

Alternatively, if you want to talk to a trusted adult one-to-one, you can always contact your local SfYP young people's centre to speak to someone confidentially who will be able to support you through what might be a difficult time.

If you would prefer to contact someone online, the following organisations offer support at a time that suits you, day or night:

Sandbox is a Hertfordshire-based online mental health support service for children and young people aged 10 to 25.

YoungMinds offers information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Childline is a 24-hour service but during the night counsellors need to prioritise chats where they feel a young person is at risk or unsafe.

Kidscape provides young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK.

Safe binding

Some trans men bind their chests to feel more comfortable or confident with their body. If you are considering binding, the most important thing is that you BIND SAFELY. There are health risks associated with binding so we would advise seeing your GP for more information on how to do it safely. Everybody is different and your GP will be able to give advice and guidance on what is right for you.

Binding is a personal choice. If someone chooses not to bind, that doesn’t not mean they are not 'really trans' or that he should be misgendered. Everyone is different!