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Supporting young people's sexual health

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Dealing with big or lots of difficult feelings is not easy. It can feel even harder if you try to deal with it all on your own.

If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or in need of emotional support you can phone:

NHS 24 Mental Health Hub on 111

Samaritans 116 123 or email them at jo@Samaritans.org

Childline  0800 1111 or chat online with a 1-2-1 counsellor. You can talk to them about anything. No problem is too big or too small.

The mix    If you are aged 25 or under, and are experiencing any painful emotions or “are in crisis and need help now”, you can text THEMIX to 85258. Texts are free.


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Rape Crisis Scotland  08088 01 03 02.

Open from 5pm-12pm (midnight)

Scottish Women’s Aid 0800 027 1234

LGBT+ Health and Wellbeing helpline Scotland  0300 123 2523

Age 16+ phone Tuesday & Wednesday between 12-9pm, and Thursday & Sunday between 1-6pm

LGBT Youth Scotland

Age 13+ liveChat Monday to Thursday evenings. A text-based service (you do not need to speak over voice or video).  A confidential space for 13+ to talk with a digital youth worker.


Dealing with big or lots of difficult feelings is not easy. It can feel even harder if you try to deal with it all on your own.

Reach out to someone.

Need help reporting online abuse


If you are under 18 and you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online you can report it to one of the Child Protection Advisors at the CEOP Safety Centre.

Click on the CEOP image to go to their website.

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Not ready to report to it?

If you are not ready to report to CEOP  Safefy Centre or you are being bullied, you can speak to Childline in private, online with 1-2-1 counsellor chat or on 0800 1111.

No worry is too big or small.

Worried about something you have seen or have shared on online?

Talk to:

Visit reporting and blocking on social media from NCA CEOP education for more information.

Emotional support


If you are struggling with your feelings, you are not alone.

Below are trusted websites and organisations which have loads of practical tips and advice for young people, as well as information on getting the emotional support you need.

See Me Scotland

Great resources and the things that helped other young people, to help you understand feelings, find the right words and learn from other people’s experiences.


A place to go to understand more about how you are feeling, get information about a mental health condition or find out what support is available to you.


Great tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, to help you feel more in control.

The Mix

Essential support for under 25’s. They are there to help you take on any challenge you are facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.


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Shakti Women’s Aid support

A safe space for Black Minority Ethnic (BME) children and young people experiencing, or who have experienced domestic abuse.


A specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black,  minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Breathing space 

A  free, confidential, phone and webchat service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Worried about something connected to my sexual health

Worried about discharge, smell, size of body parts, lump and bumps or feeling overwhelmed with information connected to your sexual health. You can access free, confidential sexual health support at clinics and drop ins across Lothian.

Staff are there to listen and work with you to identify what support is best.

Find a free, confidential sexual health support service near me.

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