A guide to health & well-being for young people

Useful contacts

Sexual health & relationships

Relationships

The Mix
Provides free, confidential support for people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
Telephone: 0808 808 4994
www.themix.org.uk

Essex Sexual Health Service
www.essexsexualhealthservice.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 003 1212

Relate
www.relate.org.uk
Email: relate.enquiries@relate.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 100 1234

Local contacts:

The Change Project (formally Relate North Essex & East Herts)
Deliver services in Chelmsford, Colchester and Harlow
www.relate-northessex.org
Phone: 0845 3727701 or 01245 258680
Text: 07872 541982

Relate South Essex
www.relatesouthessex.co.uk
Telephone: 01702 342901
Email: enquiries@relatese.plus.com

Young People’s Counselling Service
www.ypcs.org.uk
Telephone: 01277 230831
Email: office@ypcs.org.uk

The Children’s Society East
Children at risk of exploitation (C.A.R.E)
Telephone: 01245 493311
Email: CSE.referrals@childrenssociety.org.uk
www.childrenssocietyeast.org.uk/care

Safe in Essex
Safe in Essex provides awareness and intervention options for children and young people and improve their future outcomes. Workshops and school programmes.
Telephone for more information: 01245 493 311

LGBT

Stonewall
www.stonewall.org.uk
Information service: 08000 50 20 20

The Mix
Provides free, confidential support for people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
Telephone: 0808 808 4994
www.themix.org.uk

Switchboard (LGBT+ helpline)
www.switchboard.lgbt
Telephone: 0300 330 0630 (11am-11pm, everyday)
Email: chris@switchboard.lgbt

Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity
www.brokenrainbow.org.uk
Telephone: 0800 999 5428
Email: help@galop.org.uk
National helpline specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Relate
www.relate.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 100 1234

Local contacts:

The Change Project (formally Relate North Essex & East Herts
Deliver services in Chelmsford, Colchester and Harlow
Phone: 0845 3727701 or 01245 258680
Text: 07872 541982
www.relate-northessex.org

Relate South Essex
www.relatesouthessex.co.uk
Telephone: 01702 342901
Email: enquiries@relatese.plus.com

Essex Pride
www.essexpride.org

Living Well Essex
Lists a number of national and local organisations that support the LGBT community.
www.livingwellessex.org/going-out/social-activities/lgbtplus-activity-and-social-groups

Outhouse East
www.outhouseeast.org.uk
Helpline: 01206 871394
Email: info@outhouseeast.org.uk

GEMS (Gay Essex Men's Social Group)
www.gemsgroup.co.uk
Telephone: 01702 471021
Text: 07714 704650
Email: admin@gemsgroup.co.uk

Basildon and Thurrock Friend
www.basildonandthurrockfriend.co.uk
Email: admin@basildonandthurrockfriend.co.uk
An internet and telephone call-back service for the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual communities of Basildon and Thurrock. They provide information, support and guidance for the LGB community and all who are concerned with LGB issues.

Young People’s Counselling Service
www.ypcs.org.uk
Telephone: 01277 230831
Email: office@ypcs.org.uk

LGBT Foundation
lgbt.foundation
Advice and support: 0345 330 3030
Email: info@lgbt.foundation

Stonewall Youth
www.youngstonewall.org.uk
Email: info@stonewall.org.uk
Call: 020 7593 1850

The Proud Trust
www.theproudtrust.org
Email: info@theproudtrust.org
Call: 07813 981338

Sex & sexual health

NHS Choices
www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexandyoungpeople

SXT
www.sxt.org.uk
Helps find sexual and reproductive health care services in your local area.
Just text your POSTCODE to 07781 470056 and they will text you back a list of choices.
0333 800 7808
Email: enquiries@sxt.org.uk

SupportLine
www.supportline.org.uk
Helpline: 01708 765200
Email: info@supportline.org.uk

The Mix
Provides free, confidential support for people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
Telephone: 0808 808 4994
www.themix.org.uk

National Sexual Health Helpline provided by Public Health England
Phone: 0300 123 7123 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 8pm)

Family Planning Association
www.fpa.org.uk

Terrence Higgins Trust
www.tht.org.uk
THT Direct: 0808 802 1221
Email: info@tht.org.uk

Brook
www.brook.org.uk
Ask Brook
Confidential text and webchat service for young people under 25 offering sexual health information, support and signposting. You can contact an Ask Brook advisor by text on 07717 989 023 (standard SMS rates) and webchat (IM).

Freetest.me
www.freetest.me
The freetest.me service offers free chlamydia testing and HIV testing in participating regions.
Email: info@freetest.me

Local contacts:

Living Well Essex
www.livingwellessex.org/health-and-well-being/taking-care-of-yourself/sexual-health

Providers of contraceptive and sexual health services in Essex:

Mid Essex (Maldon, Braintree and Chelmsford):
Provide
www.provide.org.uk/service/sexual-health-services
Telephone: 0300 003 1212

GUM services:
Addison Health Care Complex, Harlow: 01279 827676
Fairfield Centre, Chelmsford: 01245 315901
Colchester Sexual Health Clinic: 01206 745371/745372/745373
Anthony Wisdom Centre, Orsett Hospital: 01268 592214
Southend Hospital: 01702 385120 (male) 01702 385121 (female)
Clacton and District Hospital: 01255 201698
Fryatt Hospital, Harwich: 01255 201216

Yellow Door – Canvey Island Youth Project
www.canveyislandyouthproject.org.uk
Telephone: 01268 683431
Email: ciyouthproject@virgin.net
A small local charity based on Canvey Island, Essex helping young people between 11 and 25 years. They have an advice and support drop-in which is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm as well as counselling and befriending services. They also offer specialist support for homelessness, drug and alcohol, sexual health, under 18, young parents and special needs (learning difficulties).

Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service
www.yesyouthenquiryservice.org
Telephone: 01206 710771 (Colchester) or 01255 434601(Tendring) - 24 hour answerphone
y.e.s. provides a confidential, non-judgemental and informal service for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 within Colchester and Tendring, who are facing difficulties in their lives.

Safe in Essex
Safe in Essex provides awareness and intervention options for children and young people and improve their future outcomes. Workshops and school programmes.
Telephone for more information: 01245 493 311

Children at Risk of Exploitation (CARE)
Providing specialist support to young people aged 8-24 years who are victims of, or at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
Telephone: 01245 493 311

NHS STI film
www.nhs.uk/protect-against-stis-use-a-condom/home