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.
YCH Services for Young People provides a range of sexual health services to young people aged 13-19 (up to 21 for those leaving care and up to 24 for those with learning disabilities) through its Access Points. The service is free and confidential and includes:
- Free condoms
- Free chlamydia testing
- Free pregnancy testing
- Sexual and general health advice
Sexual health text service
YCH Services for Young People also runs a sexual health text service to make it easier for young people to get information about sexual health services in Hertfordshire.
Please text your question to 07860 057369.
You will get a reply within 3 hours during business hours or 24 hours outside business hours.
For sexual health services specific to LGBT+ young people text LGBT to 07860 057369.
Sexual health services and information not provided by YCH Services for Young People
Sexual Health Hertfordshire provides testing for all STIs and free condoms for under-25s.
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+.
HIV testing and support
Both HIV and syphilis tests are also available from the National HIV Homes Sampling Service: Free Testing HIV
THT Hertfordshire continues to offer support for people newly diagnosed with HIV and those living with HIV in Hertfordshire. 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.
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 YCH Services for Young People projects to online support.
YCH 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:
Alternatively, if you want to talk to a trusted adult one-to-one, you can always contact your local Access Point 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:
Kooth.com is free online emotional and mental health support for young people in Hertfordshire aged 10 to 25 who are registered with a Hertfordshire GP surgery. Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. Sign up, choose an avatar (an online character) to represent you anonymously and have an online chat with a counsellor or therapist. Users can also talk to other young people anonymously on the moderated forums whenever they like.
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.
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!
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