121 Online Chat
121 offers a safe space for young people aged 12-26 to talk to someone confidentially.
Alcohol...take care stay safe
Alcohol, and drugs are related in our heads to having a good time, freedom and feelings of confidence but we need to be informed and recognise the consequences of using these substances.
We asked you about your experience of alcohol & drugs when it comes to sex or relationships and it is clear that young people often recognise the risks they take in terms of having sex (when they might otherwise not do so). This can include sex with friends, sex outdoors, lack of memory about what they have done and not using condoms. They recognise that under the influence of alcohol or drugs our judgement about the decisions we make are affected.
Are you finding that you react when you become angry and need more control?
Anxiety is a word used to describe feelings of worry and fear. It can include both the emotional and physical feelings we might have when we are worried or nervous about something.
Are bums OK?....sharing images: the facts
Sending a dirty or sexting is sending or sharing sexually suggestive or explicit messages including pictures or videos digitally, for example:
- Pictures in underwear
- Sexual or nude pictures
- Sexual and nude messages and videos
Boys Body Facts
Frequently asked questions about being a guy
Boys have questions too....
Bullying can happen anywhere, online, at home or at school, it can also happen to anyone, but nobody has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad.
Christmas & New Year Support
We are here for you throughout Christmas and New Year
We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for some young people, for many different reasons - from family arguments to feeling lonely. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it can be hard to escape the holiday season sometimes. It might be frustrating to hear everyone talking about Christmas if it's a time of year that you don’t enjoy.
Common Pill/patch/ring Questions
Questions you might have when taking The Contraceptive Pill
Using condoms is the only way to protect against pregnancy AND sexually transmitted infections.
Free condoms, dams & lube are available through the CCard scheme in Tayside
Confidentiality around sexual health
We know that confidentiality is really important when you’re looking for information and going to a service.
Consent, Rights & Responsibilities
You may have heard the word “consent” when it comes to sex and relationships, but what does it mean?
This word refers to any method that prevents a pregnancy from happening.
Coping with loss and grief
When someone dies, there's no right or wrong way you should feel. Everyone experiences bereavement differently. But you don’t have to cope on your own.
What does counselling mean?
CSE Child Sexual Exploitation
- CSE is a form of child sexual abuse and is happening to girls and boys in Scotland today
- It takes many forms and can happen online as well as offline
- It can take place on a one to one basis between a victim and an offender as well as in organised groups
- It can happen to young people from secure, loving homes as well as more vulnerable young people
Different ways to take Combined Hormonal Contraception
Combined hormonal Contraception such as the pill, patch or ring can be used in 3 ways
Drugs and Keeping Safe
A drug is any substance that causes a temporary change in your body and/or your mind when you take it
Eating disorders are a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially. They are serious mental illnesses and include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Over 725,000 men and women in the UK are affected by eating disorders.
Emergency contraception will work to stop pregnancy after you've had sex, if you take it with 3-5 days.
It is unusual for students to sail through school without experiencing some issues and stressing about exams is really common.
Feeling Sad or Low?
Most young people feel sad or down at some point in their lives. This may be caused by something that's happening around them and usually gets better when the situation is resolved.
Festive Tool Kit
This time of year is often a time of going out and having fun, which is brilliant. It is a good idea to have a wee tick list before you head out so that you not only have fun, you also stay safe.
From Dumfries & Galloway?
From Dumfries & Galloway?
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Are you putting yourself down? If so, you're not alone. As a teen, you're growing and developing at a rapid rate and as your body changes, so does your image of yourself. It's not always easy to like every part of your looks, but when you get stuck on the negatives it can really bring down your self-esteem.
Worried about your weight?
We usually have expectations about how we should be treated in our relationships, and how we should treat others. For example, you may not continue a friendship with someone who puts you down and makes you feel bad.
Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPED)
Want to know more about steroids and the effect they have on our bodies....
Lesbians and bi-women: healthy relationships and sexual health.
Everyone has the right to be safe and happy in their relationships, whoever they are and whoever they are with. It is important to respect others, and expect to be respected.
We communicate in lots of different ways, usually with the aim of sharing information, to be sociable or to show our feelings and attitudes.
LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender & Bisexual Plus)
LGBT young people can be affected by just the same problems as other young people and if you are struggling with something it is important to talk.
This is a specialist sexual health clinic for young people aged 18 and under across Tayside however young people do not have to access this service and are welcome during normal opening hours.
Always putting yourself down? Or feel like you have no confidence anymore? You’re not alone – many people feel like this sometimes. There are loads of ways to boost your confidence and self-esteem.
NeedTayKnow Sexual Health App
NeedTayKnow NeedTayKnow - A free health information app for young people in Tayside providing information about sexual health & services in the area
New Psychoactive Substances (used to be called Legal Highs)
New Psychoactive Substances or NPS have become a big part of the drugs scene, and the law has changed. Be informed, be safe.
Tips to help cope with a panic attack.
Porn, Sex & Technology - What You Told Us
We recently asked you to fill in a survey monkey to tell us more about your feelings and experiences of pornography, sex and technology. We had over 200 responses from young people aged between 12 and 25 years old. We thought it was important to let you know the results
Porn is available to anyone anywhere - what are the issues?
Pregnant? What can I do?
Finding out you are pregnant can be scary, but there is confidential help to support you to discuss your options & make the right decision.
Self-harm is when someone hurts or inflicts injuries on him or herself and is usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.
Sex and the Law
It’s important to know what the law says about sex and young people. This will help you to make safe choices that you are happy with.
Sexual Health Services Tayside & FAQ
NHS Tayside sexual health services
We know that confidentiality is really important to you when you’re looking for sexual health and relationships information and going to a service.
- Tayside sexual and reproductive health provides a predominantly booked appointment service. To avoid disappointment Please do not drop-in to the sexual health clinic.
- When you phone for an appointment you will be asked some questions by a sexual health nurse which will help us decide when you should be seen or if we need to refer you to another service.
- Appointments are available to book up to 48 hours in advance for those with an urgent sexual or reproductive health need.
- For an appointment please phone 01382 425542 between 0900-12:00.
See SERVICE FINDER for details of opening
Sexual Pleasure & Masturbation
Sexual pleasure is the feeling people get when they are sexually aroused (or turned on.) It can happen in response to something you see, smell, hear, taste or touch.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's) : Questions and Answers
Many young people worry about going to the sexual health clinic to ask questions about or get checked for STIs.
Having trouble getting to sleep? Read on.
Everyone sometimes feels sad, depressed or angry, especially when the pressures of school, friends and family become too much to handle.
Sometimes when people are feeling very down their feelings can start to feel too much for them to cope with. This can cause them to have thoughts they wouldn’t normally have such as wanting to die. During those times it is important that they get professional help so they don’t act on their feelings. With the right support, feelings can and often do change.
Supporting a friend who has suicidal thoughts
How do we cope if a friend feels suicidal?
If you see someone posting worrying messages or content on Facebook, or behaving out of character, it may be a sign that this person needs help. If you have a gut feeling that something is not right, you should act on it.
Syphilis Key Facts
EASY TO CATCH, EASY TO TEST, EASY TO TREAT Syphilis is a lesser known sexually transmitted infection. Syphilis infections are on the rise again in Tayside for the first time in many years. Although it's easy to treat, it can cause serious health problems in both men and women.
Young Carers: Q&A’s
Young carers have many questions, here are some that they have asked, with answers that relate to their situation.
Young Men and Mental Health
It can feel like there’s a lot of pressure on boys and young men to behave and look a certain way in today’s society. It can be hard to manage your emotions and to feel comfortable talking about them.