A guide to health & well-being for young people

Useful contacts

Health & well-being

More serious conditions

Young teenagers, sixth formers and ‘fresher' students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.

Meningitis Research Foundation
Helpline: 080 8800 3344

Meningitis Now
Helpline: 080 8801 0388

Asthma UK
Ask a Nurse Helpline: 0300 222 5800

The British Lung Foundation
Helpline: 03000 030 555
www.blf.org.uk/BreatheEasy (for local Breathe Easy Groups in Essex)

Diabetes UK
Careline: 0345 123 2399
Type 2 Together Service - www.diabetes.org.uk/type-2-together
A new volunteer-led approach to providing support, and learning about living with diabetes.
There are local groups based in Mid-Essex (Braintree, Witham, Chelmsford and Maldon) and North East Essex (Colchester and Clacton)

Black and Ethnic Minority Diabetes Association

National Children & Young People’s Diabetes Network

Children with Diabetes in the UK

Drugs, substances & alcohol

Teen Challenge UK
Telephone: 01664 822 221

Project 6
Telephone: 01535 610180

Freephone number: 0300 123 6600 - 24 hours a day in confidence.

Alcohol Concern
Drinkline (Confidential)
Call free on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am-8pm, weekends 11am-4pm)

National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Helpline: 0800 358 3456
Email: helpline@Nacoa.org.uk

Children of Addicted Parents (COAP)
COAP is an online community for young people living with a family member's addiction to drugs, alcohol or behaviour such as gambling.

Local contacts:

Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (EYPDAS)
Telephone: 08444 991 323 or 01245 493311
Text: EYPDAS to 80800 (free) - your call will be returned within 72 hours
Email: eypdas@childrenssociety.org.uk
Drop In Service (Chelmsford) - Telephone 01245 493311 to make an appointment.

Open Road
Provides drug and alcohol services across Essex.
Telephone: 0844 499 1323
Local Centres:
Basildon: 01268 531435
Chelmsford: 01245 284772
Clacton: 01255 434186
Colchester: 01206 766096
Harlow: 01279 434621

Canvey Island Youth Project
Telephone: 01268 683431
Email: ciyouthproject@virgin.net
A small local charity based on Canvey Island, Essex helping young people between 11 and 25 years. They have an advice and support drop-in which is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm as well as counselling and befriending services. They also offer specialist support for homelessness, drug and alcohol, sexual health, under 18, young parents and special needs (learning difficulties).

Bar N Bus Trust
Email: team@barnbus.org.uk
Counselling for young people aged 11-18. The organisation deals with a range of issues, including bullying, loneliness, stress, alcohol and drug issues and relationship difficulties. Counselling takes place at secondary schools in the Castle Point area during term-time only. They also operate a mobile bus project which goes out into the community with a free tea and coffee bar and an area to socialise and relax.

A positive body image

Beat (beating eating disorders)
Parents, teachers or any concerned adults should call the Beat Adult Helpline (open to anyone over 18): 0345 634 1414
Email: help@b-eat.co.uk
The Beat Youthline is open to anyone under 25. Youthline: 0345 634 7650
Email: fyp@b-eat.co.uk
Text: 07786 20 18 20.
If you would like a call back, send the text message 'call back'. They will aim to get back to you within 24 hours and during Youthline open hours.

Anorexia & Bulimia Care
Helpline: 03000 11 12 13
Email: support@anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk

Get Connected
Offers a telephone counselling service for anyone aged 25 or under.
Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (Open from 11am-11pm every day)

Helpline: 01708 765200
Email: info@supportline.org.uk

Young Minds
Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544

Emotional support for children and young people on issues relating to child abuse, bullying etc.
Helpline: 0800 1111

Men Get Eating Disorders Too
Email: sam@mengetedstoo.co.uk

Local contacts:

A parent-led initiative to share skills & information & provide mutual support for those caring for a loved one with an eating disorder. Runs a support group plus ‘walk and talk’ activities. Based in Essex.

BEAMS (Basildon Eating Disorders and Mental Health Support)
Telephone: 07944 189640 (Colleen Weedon)
Email: cwsbedsedas@hotmail.co.uk
A local voluntary service set up to provide support and information for those affected by eating disorders in Basildon and the surrounding areas.

COPE (Community Organisation for Problem Eating), Colchester
Telephone: 01206 656020
Email: info@copecic.co.uk
COPE offers early intervention, therapeutic support and counselling to young people aged 11-17 years old with disordered eating/eating disorders living in north east Essex.