INFORMATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
" I sometimes feel so angry I want to hurt myself "
" My mates make me drink and I end up doing stuff I regret "
" I'm getting bullied online, my parents wont understand "
" I want to use contraception but dont know how to bring it up "
" I feel so depressed and lonely "
" I think I'm gay and dont know who to speak to "
If you find you are having problems and you feel you cant speak to a family member, teacher, friend or youth worker then don't suffer in silence, below is a list of useful organisations that you can talk to in confidence, just click on their logo and you will be directed straight to the page that you need. And if you find your self in danger then call the Police on 999 (emergencies only) or 101 (non-emergencies) or Social Care Emergency Team on 01506 281028
Useful Numbers and web sites
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen.
You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small.
Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email. Click on the logo to be taken to the frequently asked questions page about ChildLine.
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. We are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information. It is our belief and hope that by empowering people they will have the resources to recover.
LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. The charity's mission is to: “empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and the wider LGBT community so that they are embraced as full members of the Scottish family at home, school and in every community.”
LGBT Helpline Scotland - Information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. Open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12pm to 9pm. 0300 123 2523
Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.We are not a religious or a political organisation. We don't make judgements and we don't offer advice. Instead, we believe in the value of having time and space to explore difficult feelings. We also believe that being listened to in confidence, and accepted without prejudice, can alleviate despair and suicidal feelings.
Sexual health advice and support site. Offers advice on all aspects and provides links to specialist services. Also provides advice for parents and carers.
Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity. We provide young people, aged 11 - 26, with a mixture of information, ideas and incentives to help them become confident, informed and active citizens. We do this in a variety of formats, including books, magazines, online, phone, etc, so young people can access information in a way they are comfortable with.
Get Connected is the UK's free, confidential helpline for young people under 25 who need help and don't know where to turn. Our service is available 365 days a year and young people can contact us by phone, webchat, email, text message or use our online directory WebHelp 24/7.
When a young person gets in touch, one of our 100 trained Helpline Volunteers helps them explore their issues. They offer emotional support and can let them know about appropriate sources of further specialist help from our database of 10,000 trusted organisations.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. We hope you like it!
The Lowdown has been developed to provide a support platform for this vulnerable group in society by communicating upfront messages on issues which matter to them - relationships, sexual health and well-being.
Know the Score
Know the Score. Whether you've taken drugs, are thinking of taking them, or are just curious and want to know more, it's important to know the real facts about drugs.
Carers of West Lothian
West Lothian Young Carers Project is part of the voluntary organisation Carers of West Lothian, which is a charity based at Strathbrock Partnership Centre, Broxburn. We work with young people, aged 8 to 18 who help to look after someone.