Here are some useful things we think you should know:
Information to know outside of the Trust:
- Staying healthy
Alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug use and sexual risk taking are among the major problems affecting the health and wellbeing of young adults in England.
Advice for young people
- it is recommended that you don’t drink at all if under the age of 15, as this is harmful
- the best advice is not to drink alcohol until you’re 18
- if you do choose to drink before then, remember to make sure you’re with a responsible adult who will stop you doing anything that could be dangerous
- there are always risks involved taking any kind of drug
- even taking prescribed drugs from your doctor or bought in shops can have side effects which should be explained to you
- illegal drugs may be mixed with other substances and you never know exactly how they will affect you
- if you are unsure or worried about anything, you might feel better to talk to someone about it
More information on drugs and alcohol:
- if you don't smoke but are thinking of starting then please don’t: smoking causes too much damage to your health not to mention the fact that it shortens your life expectancy
- if you are currently smoking then the best advice is to quit - we know that this is a hard thing to do as smoking is extremely addictive - it can often take more than one attempt to do so but those who do give up are thankful that they did
Get some help to quit smoking by:
- calling 01302 640032
- visit Yorkshire Smokefree Website
- many young people engage in unprotected sex that can result in unintended health outcomes
- sexual risk behaviours can place young people at risk of unintended pregnancies, HIV infection, other Sexually Transmitted Diseases such Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis
For further information on any of the above areas please visit:
- Having trouble sleeping?
We all have problems with sleeping, waking, or having bad dreams sometimes. If sleep issues are affecting you, Young Minds has some insight that can help you tackle them.
Tips to help you sleep
- Rather than looking at a phone until you're tired, relax by reading a book, writing a journal entry or listening to music.
- Put a soft blanket on top of your mattress as this can help you relax. You could try and wrap yourself up in the duvet as this can help with sensory issues.
- Listen to relaxing music, trying to stick to a time to go to bed and get up, smells you associate with calmness, limiting screen exposure and a notebook to jot down any worries.
- Give yourself time to wind down before bed. Try to do something relaxing or boring so that you'll feel tired.
- Reduce the amount of time on your phone right up until you sleep, it’s a good idea to download a blue light filter.
Chat to your GP if your sleep problems continue for a long time, things you try at home are not helping, or if you are worried about an emotional or physical problem. Severe sleep problems can be a sign of depression. Young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also have problems with sleep.
- Feeling unhappy/worried?
Depression does not only affect adults. Children and young people can get depressed too.
It's important to get help early if you think your child may be depressed. The longer it goes on, the more likely it is to disrupt your child's life and turn into a long-term problem.
If you think you are depressed, or you're concerned about your general wellbeing, make an appointment to see a GP.
If necessary, the GP can refer your child to a local children and young people's mental health service (CYPMHS) for specialist help.
CYPMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their mental health or wellbeing.
You may also be able to refer you without seeing a GP.
Read more about accessing mental health services here.
- Staying Safe
How you can keep yourself and your friends safe:
- Do not talk to strangers
- Walk to and from school in groups
- Never accept rides from strangers
- Do not take gifts from people you don’t know
- Tell someone you trust if someone is making you feel uncomfortable
- Report all suspicious behaviour and ‘new adult friends’ to parents/carers
- Walk to and from school in groups
- Never leave home without telling your parents/carers where you are going
- Shout loudly if someone is asking you do something you’re not happy about
- Never take shortcuts. Always stick to routes selected by parents/carers, and stay on main roads
- If you go out with your friends make sure you stay together, even if you fall out
Keeping yourself and your friends safe is really important. We can help if:
- You need advice or need to talk to someone
- If you are being mistreated or abused by someone and you’re not sure what to do
- You think another child/young person is being mistreated or abused
All you need to do is let us know, using the following form: https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/Eforms/AnonSimpleEform/Index/2370100
- Online Safety
The internet can be fun and a great way to chat, listen to music, and share images or media. But remember to be smart and stay safe!
Keep personal information like your mobile number and your address to yourself. Also make sure to never tell anybody your passwords or any other information you aren’t comfortable sharing. Not all people you meet online are real or honest.
It is important to remember that if you publish a picture or video, anyone can change or share it, and it might be difficult to delete later.
Remember, you can block people you don’t know on social media and messaging apps like Whatsapp and Facebook messenger.
If you find anything that makes you uncomfortable online, tell an adult you trust like a parent or teacher.
For more information on how to stay safe online, check out the following websites:
Bullying won’t stop unless you tell someone who can help.
Bullies are very cunning and are expert at getting away with it.
We all know that bullying goes on in and out of school, and parents, carers, teachers and other professionals have a duty to take action is they suspect or discover that children are being bullied.
- People calling you names
- Making things up to get you into trouble
- Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- Taking things away from you
- Damaging your belongings
- Stealing your money
- Taking your friends away from you
- Spreading rumours
- Threats and intimidation
- Making silent or abusive phone calls
Bullies can also frighten you so that you don’t want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them
If you think you are you being bullied or that you know someone who is:
- Talk to your parent or adult in your family
- Talk to a Teacher, adult family friend or neighbour
Doncaster LGBTQ+ is the town’s leading partnership advocating for and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and beyond. We envision a world in which all LGBTQ+ children, young people and families enjoy the freedom to live safely, openly, and be true to themselves.
The following links and resources will help and support anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+.
Our dedicated Facebook page: You can contact us directly for support and find out about our weekly support group
For other help and support resources please visit:
Our Doncaster school nursing team is a group of experienced qualified nurses and support workers who support young people aged 5-19 years and their families to stay healthy.
We work in partnership with other health service and education providers, and other wider social care and voluntary services for children young people and families.
Project 3 works with young people aged 18 years and under who need advice information, help, support and intervention.
We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone.
Out Youth offers youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities a place where they are loved, acknowledged, and accepted for exactly who they are.
Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.
The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBTQ+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. We do this through youth groups, coordinating national and regional LGBTQ+ youth work networks, managing the LGBTQ+ Centre for Manchester, delivering of training, running events and campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.
Tell us your views
Don’t forget if you’ve got any questions you can get in touch with us by emailing HearMe@dcstrust.co.uk