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 available every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday between 8-9pm. You can get 30-50 minutes for each session using secure, instant messaging. This is a safe space to chat about…

  • 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 judgemental 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 sleep.…

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

    Someone taking an indecent 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 defines "indecent" as:  photographs or films…

  • Boys Body Facts

    MOOBS (man boobs) During puberty, boys’ hormone levels vary. If the level of testosterone drops, oestrogen can cause breast tissue to grow. Many teenage boys have some degree of breast enlargement. This condition at puberty usually clears up as boys get older and their hormone levels become more stable. Penis…

  • 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…

  • Christmas & New Year Support

    Coping at 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…

  • 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. Anyone, aged 13-25, can access free condoms from loads of places, all across Tayside. To find out where get free condoms download our free condom finder app from HERE To get condoms, simply visit any one of…

  • 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? CLICK HERE to read more about what consent means & check out the Young Scot Site on Consent HERE The legal age of consent…

  • 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

    Counselling provides a regular time and space for people to talk about their troubles and explore difficult feelings in an environment that feels safe and confidential. A counsellor should respect your viewpoint while helping you to deal with specific problems, cope with crises, improve your relationships, or develop better ways…

  • CSE Child Sexual Exploitation

    Child sexual exploitation is happening to girls and boys across Scotland. It can start online and takes many forms. Someone asking you to, or making you, do stuff you’re uncomfortable with? Worried about a friend? Or, want to know how to keep yourself safe? We’re here to offer the information and advice…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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. This is a time when lots of things change. You can become more moody, more self-conscious and start…

  • 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. Have your phone charged well before you leave the…

  • From Dumfries & Galloway?

    From Dumfries & Galloway? 16 or older? Want to have your say about cool2talk? Over the next couple of months, a student from the University of Glasgow is supporting us to find out from young people in Dumfries and Galloway what they think about cool2talk. We want to know how…

  • Girls bodies

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Recovery Cafe at Boomerang

    If you are 16 years plus and have been affected by addiction, mental health or social isolation Boomerang can help. The Recovery Cafe runs every Saturday providing free support and activities. Call into the centre at 10 Kemback Street, Dundee or phone them on 01382  455656 for more information. CLICK…

  • 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 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 Problems

    Having difficulty sleeping? If you are struggling to sleep at night you are not alone, many people go through times when they find sleeping difficult. It can happen due to thinking about difficult memories, school life and exams, home life, relationships, even your diet and routine can have an effect.…

  • 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 have…

  • 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…

  • 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…