Worried about something, Feel that you have no-one to talk to, don’t know who to trust – It that YOU? Don’t Worry Alone, there is help.

The following video from Childline may help if you aren’t sure what to do. Don’t forget – There’s always someone available to listen in school

Here you can choose from a selection of specific problems to then visit an external site that offers more help and information. The panel to the right of this text also contains related PDF documents that you can view in your browser or download for viewing later.

   

Just as people’s bodies can become unwell, people’s minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think - three children in every classroom have a mental health problem.

There are different kinds of physical illness and different ways to treat them. There are also different types of mental illness and different types of treatments for them. But mental illness is something most people find hard to talk about.  In this section, you will find information about common mental health problems, how to cope with your feelings about it and where you can get more information and advice.

Young Minds

The Calm Zone

St Helens Gateway - Mental Health Information

 

Boys, girls, men and women from all types of background and ethnic groups can suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders are a way of coping with feelings that are making you unhappy or depressed. It may be difficult to face up to and talk about, feelings like anger, sadness, guilt, loss or fear. An eating disorder is a sign that you need help in coping with life, and sorting personal problems.

Worried About your Child/Eating Problems?

Help about eating disorders  

If you are aged 19 or under support services are provided by St Helens Council's Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team. The team offer confidential and free support for anyone aged 19 and under, who is worried or concerned about drug and alcohol use. The website "Talk to Frank" has some very informative articles and advice.

Talk to Frank

Information on Drugs & Alcohol Misuse

The 'Sex Etc' website provides sound advice and information for Teens, written by Teens - frequently asked questions are answered in a way that is easy to understand and are accompanied by fun online activities and games.

Sex Etc - Advice for Teens by Teens

St Helens TAZ (Teenage Advice Zone)

Abuse is not normal and never ok. If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. There are different forms of abuse, which you can find out about here, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it’s possible you’re in an abusive relationship.

Advice on Abuse/Relationship Abuse 

St Helens Young Carers Centre is part of St Helens Carers Centre and is an independent registered charity which is governed by Carers and works to improve the quality of life for Young Carers in St Helens. 
 
The service supports Young Carers by providing one to one support, family support and offering respite activities to Young Carers.

Young Carers Centre

Sunbeds give out harmful UV rays which damage your skin and can make it look wrinkled, older or leathery. The UV rays from sunbeds can also damage the DNA in your skin cells, and over time this damage can build up to cause skin cancer. Sunbeds can sometimes be marketed as a ‘controlled way’ of getting a ‘safer tan’. But actually, sunbeds are no safer than exposure to the sun itself, and the amount of UV people receive varies enormously too.

IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) agrees there is sufficient evidence to show that using sunbeds causes malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. They also conclude that sunbeds provide no positive health benefits. Sunbeds don’t protect against further damage from the sun.

Sun Smart