The Young Hackney Health & Wellbeing Team are here to give advice on any health-related issues including sexual health and contraception. If you need support in other areas, such as mental health, bullying and a range of other subjects, they can put you in touch with someone who can help you.

The Health & Wellbeing Team are at Forest Road on Monday evenings between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, and The Edge on Thursday evenings between 4pm and 7pm.

Prospects/Shaw Trust offers FREE health and wellbeing support, resilience training and cognitive behavioural therapy as part of their Spark Change programme, open to anyone aged 16 – 24 not in education, employment or training. Email or phone 020 8356 7866.

If you are facing a crisis situation, and need help immediately, you can call Samaritans on 116 123; their lines operate 24 hours, seven days a week.

Homerton Sexual Health offer a free, confidential service five days a week. They can help you with stopping smoking, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, contraception, pregnancy testing, emotional health and support, Hepatitis B screening, immunisations and condoms. They can also make referrals to other services including termination of pregnancy services, dietician, psychology and counselling services.

If you would like help or advice regarding contraception or any other sexual health-related topic, please call Homerton Sexual Health on 020 7683 4103 between 9am and 3pm.

For more information visit their website.

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.

Speak to friendly counsellors and access articles, self-help materials, advice and community forums.

It is free and completely anonymous.

For more information click here.

Talk Changes help people aged 18+ with a wide range of worries, common mental health problems and emotional difficulties. They provide therapy and employment support to those who are registered with a GP in City and Hackney, or registered with an online GP service and living in the area. You can self-refer to the service. For more information, visit their website.

Useful websites

NHS choices

NHS Choices gives you a wealth of information about staying healthy. You can find articles on healthy living, advice on quitting smoking and reducing your alcohol intake, and an A-Z health checker. If you’re a smoker and thinking of quitting, you can get loads of advice and inspirational stories on the Smokefree Hackney site.

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The NHS Go app gives young Londoners up-to-date information on health services, plus tips on healthy living. Free to download – visit the NHS Go site for details.

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The Young Minds website gives you information about mental health and emotional wellbeing. It features real-life stories, advice about coping with common mental health issues and links to organisations to help you to recovery.