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Legal highs

Find out about the health risks of legal highs and when to seek medical help. Legal highs are substances that have similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine or cannabis. They are sometimes called club drugs or new psychoactive substances (NPS). Many of these drugs are…

5 A Day and your family

Do you cook and shop for a family household, including a fussy eater or two? It's easier than you might think to ensure everyone gets five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. There are many ways to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your family's…

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…

How to talk to your child about drugs

It can be difficult to talk about drugs with your kids. Use these tips to help you talk openly with your child. 1. Don't panic If you find out that your child has tried drugs, your first reaction may be anger or panic. Wait until…

STI symptoms that need checking

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don't get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed. An STI can be passed from one…

Underweight children aged 6-12

Children aged 6-12 are still growing, which means they need the energy (calories) and nutrients that come from a varied and balanced diet. If your child is underweight, they may not be getting enough calories. If you're concerned that your child is underweight or not growing normally, see your…

Visiting an STI clinic

Getting tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is straightforward and confidential. Most infections can be cured. A sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic specialises in sexual health, and can provide tests and treatment for many STIs. Visiting an STI clinic You can make an appointment to…

5 A Day tips

Getting your 5 A Day is easy. There are plenty of ways to add more fruit and vegetables to your daily meals. Here are some ideas to get you started. 5 A Day at breakfast Add fruit to cereal, porridge or lower-fat natural yoghurt. Try a handful of…

Fun with less risk

You can be intimate without going all the way or putting yourself at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Having sex doesn't always involve penetration. Kissing, touching and holding each other can give you a lot of pleasure. Doing anything sexual with your…

Period problems

If problems with your periods are affecting your life, there's help and support available. This page explains what you can do about: Painful periods Heavy periods Irregular periods No periods (absent periods) Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) Endometriosis   Ovulation pain Before you see your GP about period problems, it can…
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