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Health Literacy for Schools: 16-18 Year Olds

Resources, games and videos for introducing health literacy to children and young people

Berkshire mental health resources

  • Little Blue Book of SunshineJoint publication from Berkshire East and West. Includes information about services across all of Berkshire. Explains some of the things you can do right now to feel better, or who to turn to if things feel too much. Available as PDF and as a free ebook on Apple Books and Google Play Books. 

  • Koothonline counselling and emotional support for Berkshire.

 

Council pages and services

 

Helping Friends and Family

Medications

Medications Information

The British National Formulary & The British National Formulary for Children (BNF & BNFc)

These are the reference guides used by health professionals in the UK for prescribing, dispensing and giving medicines. The information is written for health professionals so it is authoritative but may be hard to understand. You can look at these for free on the NICE (National Institute for Care Excellence) website.

 

Patient - Medicine & Drugs A-Z

Printable information about a wide range of drugs. Not specifically aimed at young people but written very clearly. “Our clinical information is certified to meet NHS England's Information Standard. Our health information leaflets are written in clear, easy-to-understand language for the general public and patients. “

 

NHS Choices - Medicines A-Z

Describes how medicines work with links to the associated conditions. “Find out how your medicine works, how and when to take it, possible side effects and answers to your common questions.”

Which service when?

When to go to a pharmacist

Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals and can offer advice on over the counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, aches and pains. They will also make sure you get the help you need if your symptoms suggest you should see a GP or other healthcare professional. Most pharmacies have a private consultation room so you discuss issues with pharmacy staff in private.

See here for more information about pharmacies and the services they provide.

Asking Questions at GP Appointments

Asking questions at your GP appointment

 

Whether it is your initial GP appointment, a consultation with a specialist at an outpatient appointment or a mental health assessment there are a few things you can prepare in advance that will help you to get the most out of time with the health professional. These resources below will help you ask questions to make sure you fully understand your health.

Info on specific conditions

Asthma

 

Diabetes

  • Diabetes UK
  • Diabetes Treatments - Covers different types of medications as well as lifestyle changes to help control diabetes.
  • DigiBeteSite for children and young people living with Type1 Diabetes. Divided into age groups from under 5s to 19-25. Includes a downloadable insulin pump workbook for children and young people. Videos on good injection techniques, and other useful topics. Links to other quality assessed websites

  • University College London Hospitals. Children and Young People’s Services - Short video guides to help with some of the basics of managing diabetes for children and young people with diabetes.

 

Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy treatmentThere are a number of different treatments for epilepsy, however the most common is medication. The main aim of treating epilepsy is to improve the person's quality of life by preventing seizures but also causing minimum side effects. Here you can find more information on treatment, including antiepileptic medication, epilepsy surgery, cannabidiol, emergency epilepsy medication and dietary treatments.

 

Apps

Apps

All Apps are available for iOS and Android

Helplines

Alcoholics Anonymous

0800 9177 650

https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

Helpline for those who feel they have a drinking problem.

Be Gamble Aware

0808 8020 133

https://www.begambleaware.org/

Free and confidential support for people who are worried about their, or someone else’s, gambling.

BEAT

Helpline: 0808 801 0677 (Over 18s)

Studentline: 0808 801 0811 (Student helpline)

Youthline: 0808 801 0711 (Under 18s)

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

Support for people who have or are worried they have an eating disorder.

BECOME

0800 023 2033

advice@becomecharity.org.uk.

https://www.becomecharity.org.uk/

Advice for children in care and young care leavers.

Boloh helpline: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic family Covid-19 Helpline from Barnardo’s

0800 1512605

https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/

They provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help. Running between October 2020 and 30 September 2021.

CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably

0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight)

https://www.thecalmzone.net/

Confidential helpline to talk through issues.  

Centrepoint

0808 800 0661

https://centrepoint.org.uk/

Advice for those at risk of being homeless, sofa surfing or homeless.

Coram Voice

0808 800 5792

https://coramvoice.org.uk/

Support and information for children and young people in care, on the edge of care or care leavers.

DrugFam

0300 888 3853

https://www.drugfam.co.uk/

Supports friends and families affected by someone else’s drug, alcohol or gambling problems.

Frank

0300 1236600

https://www.talktofrank.com/

Helpline providing advice on drugs.

Grief Encounter

0808 802 0111

https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/

Confidential helpline which supports bereaved children and young adults. Webchat and email support also available.

LGBT Foundation

0345 3 30 30 30

https://lgbt.foundation/

Support and advice on a range of topics.

Mermaids

0808 801 0400

https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/

Offers support to transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

0800 358 3456

https://nacoa.org.uk/

Helpline for everyone affected by a parent’s alcohol problems

Papyrus Hopeline

0800 068 4141

https://www.papyrus-uk.org/

Provides a safe space for young people who are experiencing thoughts of suicide

The Mix

0808 808 4994

https://www.themix.org.uk/

Support service for young people.

The Survivors Trust

08088 010 818

https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/

Free and confidential helpline for survivors of sexual violence or abuse.

Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

0300 330 0630

https://switchboard.lgbt/

Safe space to discuss anything including, sexuality, gender identity, sexual health or emotional wellbeing.

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

Text YM to 85258

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/get-urgent-help/youngminds-crisis-messenger/

Text message crisis support service which helps with urgent issues such as: suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying, relationship issues.