Young people's sexual health

Use our helplines to find out more information and advice on young people's sexual health

NHS Choices – Sexual health

National Sexual Health Helpline free on 0300 123 7123

Teen girls

Teen boys

Sex and young people

Sexual health

NSPCC

Helpline: 0808 800 5000

nspcc.org.uk

Healthy sexual behaviour

As children get older, the way they express their sexual feelings changes. There's no doubt that children these days are exposed to sexual images at a far younger age. And in more places than ever before, including music videos, websites and social media. So it's not surprising that sometimes children's sexual development can seem out of step with their age. It's important that you have a good idea of what's normal sexual behaviour and can also spot the warning signs if something might not be quite right.

BrookAsk Brook is a service giving sexual health information, support and signposting for anyone under 25, anywhere in the UK.Ask Brook is made up of three things:

A webchat service run by advisorsA text chat service run by advisorsThe Ask Brook 24/7 tool

Webchat and text are available between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). You can access the Ask Brook 24/7 tool anytime, day or night, here.

You can contact an advisor by text on 07717 989 023 (standard SMS rates). For webchat, look for the blue tab in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

brook.org.uk

Sexually transmitted disease

Contraception

Pregnancy

Free and confidential sexual health advice and services specifically for young people under 25.

Marie Stopes - Likeitis.org

likeitis.org

Likeitis gives young people access to information about all aspects of sex education and teenage life.

Find out about contraception and emergency contraception; how using condoms will help you protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections; what actually happens during sex; teenage pregnancy: what your options are; how to cope with puberty, peer pressure and bullying; finding out more about your sexuality; information about periods. Our help and advice section also gives you links to other information out there.

TheSite

thesite.org

Sex and relationships

Having sex

Safer sex

Provides information and advice on a range of issues affecting young adults aged 16-25 including sex and relationships.

The Mix

Helpline: 0808 808 4994

themix.org.uk

Sex and relationships

Having sex

Safer sex

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all. So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome. We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs. We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.

Free confidential helpline and on-line support for young people on any subject.

Kooth

kooth.com

Kooth.com is an online counselling service that provides vulnerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems. Kooth.com offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help.

NHS Choices – Sex and young people

Am I gay, lesbian or bi-sexual?

Coming out

During puberty, you have lots of emotions and sexual feelings. It’s normal for girls to think about girls in a sexual way, and for boys to think about boys in a sexual way. You don’t choose your sexuality, it chooses you. These links offer information for young people who think they might be gay, lesbian or bisexual. Includes sources of support, safer sex, coming out and dealing with bullying.

Childline

Helpline: 0800 1111

childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.

Get Connected

getconnected.org

Gender and sexuality

Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (1pm - 11pm)

Confidential national helpline for young people under 25 to help you work out what you need most and can put you in touch with places that can help - whatever the issue.

Papyrus

HOPELINEUK: 0800 068 4141

papyrus-uk.org

I'm worried about someone

Support for anyone under 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Switchboard

Helpline: 0300 330 0630

switchboard.lgbt

Switchboard offers a support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality. Call us if you want to talk about your feelings, are frightened, confused or isolated. Maybe you're falling in or out of love, coming to terms with your sexuality, or have feelings for a classmate or workmate. We won't tell you what to do. We won't judge you. We won't tell anyone else about your call.

The Terence Higgins Trust

Helpline: 0300 330 0630

tht.org.uk

Growing up and entering the world of sex and relationships can seem confusing and worrying at first. If you are not sure if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you may find it helpful to talk to someone you trust about your feelings. THT is there to answer your questions and give you some support.

FFLAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

fflag.org.uk

Offers support to local parents groups and contacts, in their efforts to help parents and families understand accept and support their lesbian gay and bisexual members with love and pride.

More information and advice on our helplines pages