Young Adults

ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well.

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Contraception & Relationships

Safer sex

When you decide to have sex, consider the possibility of pregnancy and/or catching a  sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. It is important to talk about contraception and condoms before you have sex. Both of you have a responsibility to have this conversation.

Using condoms

Condoms to reduce the risk of catching an STI, whoever you are having sex with. If you’re a boy and girl couple, you need to use an additional form of contraception to prevent an unintended pregnancy.

Lesbian, gay or bisexual couples

If you have lesbian, gay or bisexual sex you can still get or pass on STIs. You still need to know about contraception in case you have straight sex as well.

Choosing the right contraception

There are many different kinds of contraception, including the implant, injection, the combined pill and the progestogen-only pill. Most kinds of contraception are used by girls, but both of you have a responsibility to consider which you will use. A pregnancy will affect both of you.

Sometimes the time is not right to start a family and you need to know your options for contraception or in some cases termination of an unplanned pregnancy. Advice is available from your local family planning CaSH clinic or GP surgery.

Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic (CaSH)

TEL: 0191 569 9966

 Clinics held at:

  •  Houghton PCC
  •   Washington PCC
  •   Bunnyhill PCC
  •   Springwell HC
  •   Sunderland Royal Hospital

Or you can contact Chester-le-Street hub: 03000 261 112

For advice nhs/private termination – information Newcastle bpas clinic:

If you are worried or do not wish to see your GP regarding termination you can self-refer by contacting:-

  • Ward 40 Day Unit RVI Hospital Newcastle
  • Tel: 0191 282 9300


  • Durham & Darlington
  • Tel: 01388 455333
  • Clinics held at UHND or Chester-le-Street

Drug Warning ‘Sweet leaf obliteration’

Warning: ‘Sweet leaf obliteration’

There are reports that this ‘legal high’ is linked to a number of incidents in Newcastle, including overdose.

We do not know fully what sweet leaf obliteration (or other ‘legal highs’ contains or how it mixes with other substances, like alcohol.

Don’t take risks. Don’t use them. Don’t mix.

For any information or advice on how to stay safe, speak to your keyworker, treatment provider, the harm reduction service, Turning Point or YDAP (Youth Drug and Alcohol Project).

If you overdose, witness an overdose or are experiencing any unusual side effects, go to A&E or phone 999

This warning was issued by the Director of Public Health

Mental Health & Well Being

Sunderland Recovery College offers a range of free recovery focused education courses for people with lived mental health experience, their friends and family. The courses are free and designed to contribute to recovery and wellbeing, supporting people to recognise their own talent and resourcefulness in order to become expert in their own self-management make informed choices and achieve the things they want to in life.

To find out more about Sunderland Recovery College call 0191 561 2255 (Fulwell Community Resource Centre) Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30pm

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Young Person Clinic

Non-urgent advice: Please note:

You do not need to be registered with these specific practices, but can be registered with either; Kepier Medical Practice, Houghton Medical Group, Grangewood or Herrington Burn Practices.

Clinic date time and venue

Hetton Group Practice:

Alternate Mondays – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Westbourne Medical Group:

Alternate Wednesdays – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm