Health Info – Cool2Talk
  • 121 Online Chat

    Confidential chat with trained listener Do you need to talk to someone? What Is the 121 Service? 121 is an online chat service with a trained listener the availability can be checked out on the notice board. You can get 30-50 minutes for each session using secure, instant messaging. This is a safe…

  • ADHD

    ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but what does that actually mean? A person with ADHD has differences in brain development and brain activity. Put simply, your brain works differently compared with someone who doesn’t have ADHD. So you learn in a different way, and you may sometimes behave…

  • Alcohol…take care stay safe

    It’s important to be well informed at any time about alcohol  and the effects and consequences. It’s also important to know that there is non judgmental help and support out there for you. We asked you about your experience of alcohol when it comes to sex or relationships and it…

  • Anger

    Everyone feels angry sometimes, it is normal and healthy to become angry when there is good reason to do so. It is important to do something with those angry feelings and not bottle them up. losing your temper can make things worse. What makes you angry? A few things that…

  • Anxiety

    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. Like knots in your tummy, feeling sick, your heart racing, panic attacks feeling out of control or unable to…

  • Are bums OK?….sharing images: the facts

    Someone taking an intimate / sexual image of themselves, and sending it to anyone including their friends or boy/girlfriend via a mobile phone or some other form of technology can cause lots of problems. You might call it other things like “sending a dirty” "sexting" or “nudes” New laws brought in define intimate/sexual images…

  • ASK A QUESTION ON COOL2TALK

    Thanks for clicking through - watch the video to find out more about cool2talk, how to use the site and what it offers   [embed]https://youtu.be/bCnfbtuEbGk[/embed]  

  • Autism

    What is Autism? Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different…

  • Breasts, Vulvas and Vaginas

    How much do you really know, or think you know, about these body parts? Lots of people have worries or questions about these bits of their bodies. Everyone's breasts, vulva and vagina are unique. There is no "normal", but knowing your body better can help you to understand and accept…

  • Bullying

    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. What is Bullying? being called names being teased, put down or humiliated being physically pushed about having things taken off you…

  • CAMHS Tayside

    Young people and families across Tayside told CAMHS they needed access to information, guidance and resources they could trust when it comes to mental health and young people.  In response NHS Tayside Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service launched its new webpage. Check out the new webpage at www.taysidecamhs.scot.nhs.uk and…

  • Common Pill/patch/ring Questions

    Do I have to be 16 years old to start using any form of contraception? No you do not, you will be asked a few questions to ensure that you are safe and not being pressured into having sex against your will. You may want to read Sex and the…

  • Condoms

      Using condoms is the only way to protect against pregnancy AND sexually transmitted infections. During the Coronavirus outbreak we are testing a postal condom service for young people, aged 14-18. Please note this service is only available to people who live in Tayside. If your address is not in Tayside,…

  • Confidentiality around sexual health

    We know that confidentiality is really important to you when you’re looking for sexual health and relationships information and going to a service. If I go to a drop-in or sexual health service, will I get asked personal questions? Yes, they may ask you questions about your health and relationships…

  • Consent, Rights & Responsibilities

    Consent...what does it really mean? Consent, Rights & Responsibilities  You may have heard the word “consent” when it comes to sex and relationships, but what does it mean?Check out the Young Scot Site on Consent HERE The legal age of consent in Scotland is 16. You can find out more…

  • Contraception

    This word refers to any method that prevents a pregnancy from happening. There is also a type of contraception called EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION that can be used, as it suggests in an emergency, after unprotected sex, to help protect you from pregnancy. One method of emergency contraception is a type of…

  • Coping with loss and grief

     The death of someone you care about can be very difficult. It's natural to have strong reactions when someone you love or are close to dies. 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…

  • Counselling in Tayside Schools

    Counselling in Tayside Schools All schools in Tayside now have counsellors available.  Counselling is about having a safe, confidential space to talk and explore issues.  A counsellor is trained to help you think about worries and problems that might be affecting your emotional health and wellbeing.  They can help you…

  • Depression or normal mood changes?

    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. You can become more moody, more self-conscious and start to question things. You may start to have more…

  • Different ways to take Combined Hormonal Contraception

    Standard use This involves using the contraceptive method for 21 days after which you stop using it for 7 days and during this time you will have a withdrawal bleed (period). On day 8 you start using the method again for the next 21 days, etc. This means you will…

  • Drugs and Keeping Safe

    What Are Drugs? A drug is any substance that causes a temporary change in your body and/or your mind when you take it. Some drugs (like medicines) are designed to help us. They can relieve pain or help us to fight infection. However, they can be dangerous if you take more…

  • Dumfries & Galloway CAMHS

    Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) & ISSU 18 (Young People's Substance Service) are trying to limit the spread of COVID-19 by not seeing people in clinics.  We are open and are continuing to do our best to ensure that all children and young people get the care they need, by offering Virtual…

  • Eating Disorders

    What are they? An eating disorder is generally described as an unhealthy relationship with food. Commonly associated with a situation where you believe you are fat when others say you are thin. It is a mental health issue and can cause serious physical and psychological problems. It is found most…

  • Emergency Contraception

    Condoms burst, pills get missed or we have sex without a condom and regret it later. Luckily, it's possible to get emergency contraception that will work to stop pregnancy after you've had sex. BUT Emergency contraception should never be used as an alternative to normal contraception. There are three types of emergency…

  • Exam Stress

    It is unusual for students to sail through school without experiencing some issues and stressing about exams is really common. There is a lot of pressure to get good results and the stress and strains of school life can sometimes feel too much. The important thing is to recognise there's…

  • Healthy Eating

    Worried about your weight? Most young people will at some point be concerned about their weight. It is extremely hard to loose weight and the best way forward is to try and keep your weight steady and grow into your body. It is a case of keeping the energy flow…

  • Healthy Relationships

    What Is A Relationship? As human beings we have lots of different relationships. We have friendships, family relationships and intimate partners (these can range from a steady boy/girlfriend to a one night stand.) Most relationships have unwritten rules that keep them ticking over. We usually have expectations about how we…

  • Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPED)

    Anabolic Steroids are a man made version of the hormone testosterone.  Testosterone is the chemical in humans, in particular men, that is responsible for facial hair, deepening of the voice and male sexual characteristics. In simple terms, the ‘manly things’ in men, which is referred to as the androgenic effects of…

  • Is It Normal? – Recognising Abuse & Getting Help

    Sometimes relationships can be tough. It's normal for fall outs and arguments to happen with families, friends and other people you know. It's also common to have times in all relationships (family included) when things just don't feel easy or "right." In most cases people manage to work through these…

  • Lesbians and bi-women: healthy relationships and sexual health

    Sexuality can be an important part of our identity and all sexualities should be celebrated, however for lots of people, coming to terms with or questioning their sexuality can be difficult and they deserve to be supported with this. Everyone has the right to be safe and happy in their…

  • Let’s talk…

    Communication As human beings we are born communicators. Research shows that even the tiniest of babies show signs of wanting to be sociable. So why is it sometimes difficult to stand up for yourself, talk about feelings or let someone know what really turns you on? We hear lots about…

  • LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender & Bisexual Plus)

    Is it normal to feel confused? We occasionally receive messages on cool2talk from young people who are feeling a bit confused about their sexuality, this is totally normal, many young people go through a time of confusion, feeling uncertain if they are attracted to males or females. Equally many young…

  • LINC CLINICS

    This is a specialist sexual health clinic for people aged 18 and under however young people do not have to access this service and are welcome during normal opening hours.   The LINC Clinic in Dundee & Angus is no longer open   PERTH YOUNG PEOPLE'S LINC Walk-in Clinic (18…

  • Low self-esteem?

    Low self-esteem or lacking in confidence? 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. If you ARE confident you generally feel comfortable with how you…

  • Mental Health

    What Does It Mean To Be Mentally Healthy? Everyone has mental health and just like physical health it can change throughout your life. Your body can get hurt or become ill- like catching a cold or breaking a leg - but over time it can heal and get better. The…

  • Mindspace Perth activities (updated each month)

     With lockdown and social distancing restrictions beginning to ease but still remaining in many places, our teams remain safely working from home.  We have however, continued to put together a number of sessions delivered over Zoom. Wednesdays - Relaxation @ 2pm To improve physical and mental health, this group uses Progressive Muscle Relaxation - The…

  • NeedTayKnow Sexual Health App

    NeedTayKnow more about sexual health?? Need Tay Know is a new app for young people aged 13 – 25. The app provides information about sexual health services including what is provided, where they are provided and how to access them using maps and GPS functionality. It also contains information on a host of…

  • New Psychoactive Substances (used to be called Legal Highs)

    What are NPS? New psychoactive substances (NPS), often known as legal highs in the past, are substances designed to produce the same, or similar effects, to drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy, but are structurally different enough to avoid being controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act. In the…

  • ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS

    The internet can be a great way to meet new people. Some find it easier to talk online, and it can help you to say how you feel more openly. A piece of research carried out by sexual health charity Brook and CEOP explored how young people use digital technologies…

  • Oor Fierce Girls Toolkit

    The Oor Fierce Girls Toolkit has been designed to help you start and have conversations around peer sexual abuse. It's been designed by and for young people to raise awareness and support each other. It's not just for girls, any young person can be affected by these issues. We'd love…

  • Panic Attacks

    What Are Panic Attacks? Have you broken out into a sweat? Heart going really fast? Feeling like you are going to die? You may well be suffering from a panic attack. Panic attacks can happen as a response to fear, anxiety CLICK HERE or to stressful situations. Because you are scared of…

  • Periods

    A period is the part of the menstrual cycle when a person with a vagina bleeds from here for a few days. For most people this happens every 28 days or so, but it's common for periods to be more or less frequent than this. They can range from around 21…

  • Porn, Sex & Technology – What You Told Us

    What Did You Tell Us About Pornography, Sex & Technology? 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…

  • Pornography

    What Is Porn? You may have heard lots of things about pornography. Chances are you've seen porn somewhere, either by accident or deliberately. In simple terms porn is something that is meant to sexually arouse (turn on) the person looking at it. It can be photographs, magazines, books or videos.…

  • Pregnant? What can I do?

    Finding out you are pregnant can be scary, but there is confidential help to support you and to discuss your options around making the right decision for you, and if appropriate, your partner Early Signs of Pregnancy Some people can tell that they’re pregnant because they feel different. For example,…

  • Puberty, Growing Up And Body Image

    All young people go through puberty, the time when your body changes to become more adult. As well as body changes teenagers experience huge brain and social changes as they grow that can leave you with some intense feelings. This can be tricky  at points, it can feel awkward, embarrassing,…

  • Questions you may have about sleep.

    Questions you may have about sleep.   What are your thoughts on sleeping in at the weekend?   When we have genuinely not had enough sleep during the week and are really tired, we need to make that sleep up at the weekend. This seems reasonable, kind and healthy. But…

  • Responding to Change

    Here is a useful support guide that can help you through this strange and different time http://www.penumbra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/responding-to-change.pdf

  • School & Youth Group Sessions – Evaluations

    If you've found yourself here you've hopefully just taken part in or delivered a session around how to use the cool2talk site. This is where we ask you to give us some feedback about the session. This feedback is really important as it helps us to get things right. If…

  • Self Harm

    WHAT IS SELF HARM? 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. This can take a number of forms including, cutting yourself, taking overdoses of tablets or medicines, punching oneself, head banging, pulling out hair…

  • Sex and the Law

    How does the Law affect me? When you’re considering getting naked with someone you really fancy probably one of the last things on your mind is the law – obviously there are the rape laws when a person forces someone to have sex – however, when you’re both horny and fancy the…

  • Sexual Health Services Tayside & FAQ

    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…

  • Sexual Health, Services and Covid-19

      There are lots of guidelines in place about social distancing and Covid-19. These are designed to keep you and other people safe. If you don't live with your partner, or the person you're having sex with, it's recommended that you don't have any physical contact just now. Sexual activity…

  • Sexual Pleasure & Masturbation

    What Is Sexual Pleasure? 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. For example a certain perfume or aftershave, or something your partner says, can be just as sexy…

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) : Questions and Answers

    The two most common sexually transmitted infections among young people are: Chlamydia: Because this STI sometimes shows no symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose. It can cause infertility in the long term, plus an unpleasant discharge from the penis or vagina. Genital warts: These hard, gritty bumps can appear around the…

  • Sleep…….and lockdown

    Sleep & Lock down During this strange time and lock down lots of young people might find themselves changing their sleep patterns - staying up all night and sleeping all day. Although it might feel great to be able to lie in bed all day is it actually affecting your…

  • SMOKING

    It can be really hard to give up smoking once you have started, but there is help to do this and it will be worth it! There are lots of myths about smoking - what ones do you know? Check them out HERE Tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive,…

  • Suicide

    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…

  • Supporting a friend who has suicidal thoughts

    How do we cope if a friend feels suicidal? 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…

  • Syphilis Key Facts

    SYPHILIS: EASY TO CATCH, EASY TO TEST, EASY TO TREAT We have recently seen an increase in syphilis infections amongst young heterosexual (straight) people in Tayside Syphilis is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). It's one of the most easily caught sexually transmitted infections Often there are no symptoms Syphilis can…

  • The Corner

    Health Information and Support for Young People Aged 11 to 19 years old The Corner Drop-in provides health services, information and support for young people aged 11 - 19 in the Dundee area. Based in Dock Street in town The Corner is staffed by trained professionals who have lots of experience…

  • The Penis, Testicles and Other Bits

    Penis facts and health Just as everyone is a different height and has different hair, all penises come in slightly different shapes and sizes. The average penis size, once fully formed, which can be any time from about the age of 13 years until 20 years, will be about 9cm…

  • Young Carers: Q&A’s

    Young Carers A 'young carer' can be child or young person who takes on a caring role for another family member. This caring role can see these young people provide support to family member ranging from washing, dressing, preparing food to providing medication and ongoing emotional support.  A ‘young carer’…

  • Young Men and Mental Health

    It's Good To Talk..... We get lots more questions from girls on Cool2Talk than we do from boys. However, we do know that just as many boys as girls come on the site to look at other people’s answers and access our Health Info Zone. Childline also reports that more…

  • Young People, Mental Health and Being Online

    Earlier this year a 6th year  student at St. Paul's Academy, Dundee, carried out some really interesting research with pupils in the school. He wanted to find out more about online behaviour and young people's mental health. There were some really interesting results, here are the key points: Almost 9…

  • Your Amazing Teenage Brain

    Most people know that bodies change during puberty, but do you know what happens to your brain? During adolescence (or the teenage years) your brain goes through a massive re-structure that helps to prepare you for becoming an adult.  This process takes some time and full brain maturity isn’t reached…