Young People

Young People

We understand that it can be difficult for young people to know where to get help and support on the issues that face young people today.  This information page is designed to help you to find support and information on a number of topics facing young people.  

If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact the Practice on 01202 974700 for further advice.

young people

Life Can Be Hard... But...

Life is often hard but support doesn't have to be.  The Mix website aims to empower everyone under the age of 25 with the knowledge to make the right steps in life.

There is a huge amount of information on embarrassing problems and weird questions on the following website.  To access just click on the link below or contact for FREE on 0808 808 4994 open 11am-11pm every day

B Town Youth Advice

A flexible tailored service to meet the needs of Young People in the Bournemouth Area who are 13-19.  Helps to address barriers and promote positive change.  Information and guidance service for young people.

01202 451100 or or

Sexual Health

Keep Love Sweet is a service designed to provide sexual health information and advice including contraception, safer sex, condoms and infections for people in Dorset. For information, advice or someone to talk to, call 0300 303 1948 or visit


The Junction provides Family Planning and Sexual Health Advice.  For information, advice or someone to talk to call 01202 646915 or visit

Gender Identity

Space Youth Project: Dorset-wide LGBT+ youth groups

Over the rainbow

Sexual Health Dorset: This is a single point of access for the people of Dorset.  It contains information on clinics, contraception, emergency sexual health and sexually transmitted infections. Please visit

Drugs and Alcohol

FRANK is a free friendly confidential drugs advice service.  For more information contact 0300 123 6600 or visit

Risky Business offers advice and information for dealing with risky behaviours and to help navigate the risks in adolescence.  There are lots of links to other support websites such as eating disorders and self harm under their contacts tab.  There is also information for parents and carers.  Visit the website

Young Addaction provide friendly and expert advice on drugs and alcohol for young people aged 10 to 17.

Bullying (Including Workplace and Cyber)

Bullying is distressing and no-one should be expected to tolerate any kind of bullying.  

Bullying Advice for young people, parents/carers and information on cyber bullying can be found on the following website -

There is also a confidential help line, please call 0808 800 2222.

Mental Health

Dorset mind aims to help people deal with mental health concerns and support people caring for those with mental health issues.  It is an independent charitable provider of mental health services. There is information on what to do and where to get help in a crisis and other information on befriending, under 18 services and over 18's information.

They are based at 3 Stratfield Says, 20-22 Wellington Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8JN

Call on 01202 551660 or visit their website

Young minds - a website with information for children and young people and their parents/carers about mental health problems:  Follow the link

Kooth - Free,safe and anonymous online support for young people.  Online access until 1pm.  Provides mental health support for children /adolescents. You can register and gain access to counselling and more specialist psychology support.

CAMHS Website: Dorset Healthcare Trust - or Contact CAMHS on 01202 646300

Chat Health: Chat Health is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people aged 11-19 in Dorset to send health related questions via text to the School Nursing Team. The sender will be provided with advice, information or guidance, sign-posted to additional services or may be offered an appointment with a member of the School Nursing Team.

Please click on the following link for more information. Chat Health

The number to text is 07480 635511.

Support for Young People with Special Educational Needs and or Disability

Information, Advice and support for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and their Parents or Carers.  From 0- Age 25 years. 

Email  or contact 01202 451970 for further information.

Dorset’s Local Offer is for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and their families. It’s the one-stop shop for information about services and support in Dorset for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years with SEND. For useful updates, advice, activities and more, sign up for Dorset's SEND newsletter or for more extensive information click on the  link Family Information Directory

Domestic/Sexual Abuse

If you are experiencing or witnessing Domestic Abuse.  The Hideout website contains lots of information for both children and young people.  Please click on the link to access the website for support: 

Alternatively contact Childline on 0800 111 111 or visit their website

Sexual exploitation is a type of abuse.  It happens when a young person is encouraged, or forced to take park in sexual activity in exchange for something.  Help and support is available via Barnardos.  click on the link below to go straight to Barnardos's website.


The practice has produced an information leaflet for patients/young people

LGBT Leaflet 2023.doc

New health Guide for LGBT+ patients

LGBT+ Health

Other Useful Websites

The Samaritans- for any age...someone to talk to.

General Health concerns

Local Safeguarding and Childrens Board. and select the children and young people tab.


Gamcare service is available for anyone aged 11 to 18 living in the UK that is worried about their own, or someone else’s gambling or money spent in gaming. We offer advice, guidance and education to parents/carers/professionals as well. They generally ask the screening question “Are you worried about your own, or someone else’s gambling or money spent in gaming?” for determining eligibility. They are a newer service with no waiting lists and no limits on how long clients can stay in our service.

Self-referral via the from on big deal website (parents/carers and professionals can also refer a YP with their consent)

Via the gambling helpline available 24/7: 0808 8020 133.They can also give advice and guidance, and triage and send referrals straight through to adult or YP services

Via NetLine: (Live chat button top corner) Same as HelpLine.

By contacting the YPS directly on or 0203 092 6964 (9am-8pm Monday-Thursday; 9am-5pm Friday). Outside these hours, you can call the National Gambling Helpline for free on 0808 8020 133 (24 hours, every day).