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Healthy Body

1. Healthy Body

If you have moved to a new area, you will need to register with a local GP surgery, dentist and optician. To find a local doctor and dentist, visit the NHS website.

The first time you visit a new GP you will be asked a lot of questions about your health so that they have a record for the next time you visit. All of your information will be kept strictly confidential so make sure you mention anything that is worrying you.

Ask your social worker or PA for useful information that the GP might want to know, such as:

  • your blood type
  • your NHS number
  • any allergies
  • a list of any medication you are on
  • your immunisation record
  • details on any health problems you have had in the past.

You should also contact the GP surgery you have used while you are in care and ask them to pass any information they have on you over to your new surgery. This way your new doctor will know any important information about you.

Top tip: Remember to visit your dentist every year for a check-up, and take a trip to the opticians for an eye test every two years.

2. Healthy Relationships

Sexual Health

If you are sexually active, make sure you look after your sexual health, for both you and your partner.

Whether you are straight, gay, bisexual or trans, you can find lots of advice by visiting Sexual Health Bucks. This website covers everything from where you can pick up free condoms, to what to do if you have been the victim of sexual assault.

If you are worried about sexually transmitted diseases or would like to talk about contraception, don’t forget to head to your GP surgery and have a chat with your doctor.

Domestic Abuse

Being in a relationship can be wonderful, but if it's not and your partner is abusing you either physically, mentally, sexually or financially it’s important that you get help. There are a number of organisations who can give you advice, including Refuge and Mankind Initiative. If you feel you are in immediate danger from an abusive partner, call the police on 999.

 

Top tip: Domestic abuse doesn't just affect married women – it can affect all sorts of people, whether you are male or female, young or old, gay or straight. Speak to your PA if you are worried about any of the things on this page.

3. Healthy Mind

Anxiety, depression and eating disorders are just some of the mental health conditions that can affect people. If you think that you might be having a mental health issue, it’s really important that you speak to someone and get help.

You might feel as if your life is spiralling out of control, or that you are suddenly afraid to do things you used to love - whatever it is, getting help can really make a difference in getting back control.

Bucks Mind and Young Minds can offer you both advice and counselling, and you can always speak to your GP too.

Top tip: Some people use alcohol or drugs to help them cope with mental health issues, but actually this will make it worse and can lead to dependency and addiction. Take a look at our ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ section for more information.

4. Healthy Lifestyle

Some of the ways you can have a healthy lifestyle include:

  • Eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  • Getting plenty of exercise
  • Quitting smoking

Heavy alcohol use and drug abuse are harmful to you and can lead to addiction, as well as financial problems and mental health issues. If you think you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, it’s important to get help sooner rather than later. You can get information and access to a free helpline by visiting www.talktofrank.com. You can also talk to your GP and your PA, who will be able to find you help.

Top tip: Getting more exercise doesn’t have to mean running a marathon; it’s as easy as ditching the bus and walking, or maybe getting a bicycle and cycling to college or work.