A big welcome to patients under the age of 25
This page is just for you. It is brand new and under development - so do let us know what information you would like to see included.
Information about contraception and sex is available on the Sexual Health & No Worries page. We have now added more information on HPV
Children and Young People's Counselling
Free on-line counselling is available from Kooth for anyone aged 11 - 20 who live in Wiltshire. The service is available 12 noon - 10 p.m. on weekdays and 6 - 10 p.m. at weekends. For more information, click on this link: Kooth on-line counselling
On Kooth you are able to read articles that have been written by other young people. You are also able to write in a daily journal to express how you are feeling. Kooth aims to keep the service confidential. Kooth ensures that the conversations you have with staff are not discussed with anyone else unless they feel you are at risk or in danger. Where this is the case, they will talk to you about whether services outside of Kooth will be necessary in order to gain a better understanding of how you can be helped.
Face-to-face counselling: Relate offer a counselling service for 7 to 18 year olds called "Talk Zone" and it is for any young person who needs a little support. Counselling can help no matter what is on your mind. If it is is bullying, your parents splitting up, arguments with friends, or you are just feeling a bit low, they are there to help you deal with it.
When you see a counsellor, you'll have a chance to chat about what is on your mind. They won't judge you or tell you what to think or do, and they won't look down on you because you are young. They'll respect you and listen to what you have to say. They will not tell anyone what you talk about (for example a parent or doctor) unless you have said it's OK.
If you are 13 - 18 years old, it is free. You can make your own appointment or as a family member or friend to help you. If you are aged 7 to 12 years old, it's £40 per session. Your parent or adult carer would need to contact Relate to make the appointment. For those experiencing financial difficulty, there is a bursary fund they may access.
the nearest locations for "Talk Zone" are Devizes and Trowbridge. To ginf ouy all about it, and to see video of Jack talking about his experience, try the link below
Relate Mid Wiltshire: Children and Young People's Counselling
Young Adult Carers - for those aged 16 - 25
If you are under 18 and look after a member of your family, who would not manage without your support, please let us know.
Are you aware there is an organisation just for you? Spurgeons Young Carers in Wiltshire
This link will take you to their webpage http://www.spurgeonsyc.org/wiltshire/
If you are over 18, please see the Carers section of this website. And, again, do let us know that you are a carer so that we can give appropriate support.
You might want to watch this short film Youtube - young carers talking about their lives