Alcohol: Drinking to excess?

Support with understanding the effects of alcohol.

Antisocial Behaviour / Hate Crime


You can also access the online BLine magazine

Being bullied?

Bullying advice, helpline, information,anti-bullying resources and training. Kidscape is the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying.

Check out your body

Know your balls? Check 'em out! Young men are most at risk of testicular cancer from age 17-30!

Do you really know your boobs? Regular checking has proven to support reduce the risks of catching cancer early Women are at highest risks of breast cancer from age 40 plus

Counselling services for young people

If you are worried about things in your homelife, at school or college or are concerned for your own or someone else's safety you can access or you can visit

Domestic Abuse/Relationships

Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247

Young Women

North Derbyshire Women's Aid exists for the benefit of women and children who experience abuse within a domestic relationship.

Our service is offered to women and children from all backgrounds, whatever their age, ability, nationality, class, race, sexual orientation or religion.

Our outreach service covers the areas of Chesterfield Borough, Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District

Helpline Freephone: 0800 0198 668

Young Men

Help and support for male victims of domestic violence

Domestic violence affects men too - Talk it over!

The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse.

We welcome calls from all men - in heterosexual or same-sex relationships -

(Men's Advice Line and Enquiries) - 0845 064 6800

SurvivorsUK - young males


If you, or anyone you know, have any concerns around drug related issues click on the following links.

Family Support

If you are a young person under the age of 18 whose life is restricted by the need to take responsibility for being the primary carer, caring for a parent or relative, you can contact Derbyshire & Derby City Young Carers Service.

Feelings about self / mental health /self harm

Whats worrying you?

YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

Just as people's bodies can become unwell, people's minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think - three children in every classroom have a mental health problem.

There are different kinds of physical illness and different ways to treat them. There are also different types of mental illness and different types of treatments for them. But mental illness is something most people find hard to talk about. In this section, you will find information about common mental health problems, how to cope with your feelings about it and where you can get more information and advice.

If you have some concerns on your mental health try talking to someone at home who looks after you or consider talking to your school nurse or GP who may refer you to CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Healthy Eating

Eat well, move more and live longer. Make small but positive steps to a healthier lifestyle, for more information click on the following link

Homelessness: Are you at risk?

Pathways of Chesterfield is Chesterfield's only day centre for homeless and rootless people. They are here to meet immediate needs, such as food, warm and clothing as well as looking at where young people would like to be in the future.

You can visit

Internet Safety and the Law

What Counts as Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. Online threats, rude texts, and mean tweets, posts, or messages all count. So does posting personal information or videos designed to hurt or embarrass someone else.

Cyberbullying also includes photos, messages, or pages that don't get taken down, even after the person has been asked to do so. In other words, it's anything that gets posted online and is deliberately intended to hurt.

What is sexting?

Sexting is sending nude or semi-nude photos by mobile phone, or posting sexual images on social networking sites like Facebook or Myspace.

Often, teens send explicit images to a partner or friends for their eyes only. Or in a moment of blurred judgment, they let someone take pictures of them that they might not otherwise agree to.

What can potentially happen next is:

Why are teens sexting?

Flirtatious game playing, peer pressure and competition are common motivations. A survey by Girlfriend magazine found that four in ten girls had been asked to forward a nude photo of themselves. Similarly, another survey found 51% of teen girls had sent sexual messages or images due to male pressure. A majority of teen girls and boys also claimed they sent sexually suggestive content to be fun or flirtatious.

What are the consequences?

For the person forwarding or taking the images, sexting is a criminal activity. Taking a sexual image of a minor and then texting it is creating, holding and distributing child pornography, even if the person committing the offence is a child. In some states, if a person is convicted of child pornography offences they may be registered as a sex offender for the next 20 to 30 years!

For the victim, the damage can be as severe as other forms of bullying, sexual harassment and abuse. Consequences include poor self-esteem and self-image, isolating behaviours, truancy or avoidance of school, eating disorders, self-harm and even some cases of suicide.

The consequences can also be permanent. Once an image has been posted online it is very difficult to get it back. This means the images could be circulating as teens start applying for jobs and meeting potential long-term partners.

Keeping Safe

Physical Activities

Get active join a club, become part of a team. For all the information you need on sports, clubs and activities in your local area.

Sexual Health and Awareness

Derbyshire Sexual Health Promotion Service

Sexual health is an important aspect of overall health and wellbeing. Being sexually healthy means being able to make decisions about whether to be sexually active, enjoying sex based on mutual respect and understanding, and having the knowledge and ability to avoid the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy.

The Sexual Health Promotion Service offers information, advice and support to everyone in Derbyshire on all aspects of sexual health. Our services are free, confidential and open to all and we are happy to talk to you and offer support around a range of issues including: family and relationship issues, sexually transmitted infections, sexuality issues, getting tested, homophobic bullying, living with HIV, sexual abuse and self-esteem.

Our services:

Visit Sexual health clinic at Wheatbridge Chesterfield 01246 235792.


For help and advice on how to quit! You can visit NHS Smokefree - Free products, info, support

Sun Safety - Know the risks!

Get the facts and protect yourself against long term skin damage through over exposure to the sun and the use of sunbeds. Visit SunSmart

Teenage Vaccinations

HPV Since September 2008 there has been a national programme to vaccinate girls aged 12 to 13 against the human papilloma virus (HPV) also known as the cervical cancer jab. This age group is usually in year 8 at schools in England. For full information visit

Teenage Booster Vaccination - Who should have it?

The Td/IPV vaccination is recommended for young people aged between 13 and 18. It is also known as the Teenage Leaver Booster. The Td/IPV vaccine boosts your protection against three different diseases:

InitialDisease Vaccinated AgainstIngredient
TTetanusPurified tetanus toxoid
dDiphtheriaPurified diphtheria toxoid (low dose)
IPVPolioThree types of inactivated polio virus (the viruses contained in the vaccine have been killed, so there is no risk of developing polio from the vaccine)

What next?

Careers advice is provided in school, but if you would like more information on further education, joining the armed forces or any careers advice for young people visit Connexions