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Watch a video of Sheila Caldecott, mother of a patient of Haughton Thorney Medical Centres, explain why she has helped to design a questionnaire finding out about the health seeking behaviour of teenagers, where they are learning about their health and what sorts of topics they are interested in. She is keen for teenagers to fill out an anonymous questionnaire so that we can identify better their needs and then try to ensure that services are in place to fulfil such a need. If you know any teenagers that may be interested then please ask them to fill the questionnaire in so that we can try to gather as much opinion as possible.

We have now published the preliminary results of the survey for you to see and share with others - please scroll further down to see the results. However please do the questionaire even so if you have not done so that we can get even more answers and share them with everybody else. Contact Haughton Thornley Medical Centres on htmcpatient@nhs.net or Sheila on sheilacaldecott@yahoo.co.uk for further information.

At a later date, we will make a separate page with the resources found further down more accessible once everybody has had a chance to see the survey and how we went about collecting data for this page. We would like to thank all the schools, youth organisations, teenagers and local Care Record Development Board who have taken part in this questionnaire to help us to provide this resource. We hope it comes in handy for you. 

Don't forget to fill out the questionnaire at the BOTTOM of this web page to tell us what you think of the information here AFTER you have seen the resources we have provided for you. This is also your chance to add any other suggestions that you think may help to cater for teenagers too.

Results to date of survey

Total replies 216 (males 85 or 39.4% of total, female 131 or 60.6% of total)

The ages of the children responding to the questionnaire ranged between 9 and 18 with the average just below 13. The graph below shows most children were aged between 11 and 14

Scatter chart of children responding to the questionnaire

Percentage of teenagers using a service in the past 3 years

Percentage of teenagers visiting a website

Percentage of teenagers concerned about...

How the above information should be shared

A selection of the comments received to date:


Learning about body conscious issues in young people


I think more teenagers relatively need to take a leaf of information about young sex and pregnancy…they do not know how much trouble it will cause and they need to know the facts or help lines or where to go for this that’s confidential


You could put out more leaflets on teen issues


How to help a parent or relative when they’re going into hospital


How to politely suggest to a grandparent they need a hearing aid


More help with smoking


Mobile numbers for help for anything that happens to you or a friend


A free confidential line so teens can confide in someone


I think the issues are with teenagers now adays is smokingi, drinking getting pregnant at a young age and drugs


I think that the issues are that teenagers drink too much and take drugs which can damage their health


Teenagers should be more involved in these things so that they feel more involved with these things so that they don’t think they are the only people feeling or having these things done to them. Most teenagers are embarrassed. Teenagers should be more aware of the things that can result through drinking or smoking or taking drugs. Most teenagers are doing these things not because of peer pressure but they see their parents doing this and thinking that it is ok and that they are fine doing then they will be ok


Pregnancy, smoking, self harming, running away from home, drugs


More practical lessons about issues like pregnancy, guns, knives, drugs eg teens should be able to do more practical things to do with these things instead of just sitting and listening because its boring and none will want to listen or do it again. So if these were made more fun to learn about by doing activities about it people want to do more and carry on. J


A professional helper for those children who find the need to talk to someone if they are getting bullied, abused etc and someone to talk to if children are struggling but are too ashamed to tell anybody they aren’t clever because they might get bullied because of it. Naughty unit so naughty people cannot bully children etc


To show teens that if you are tall or small, brown, blonde, ginger hair, spots or eczema. That everyone should feel happy and confident about their bodies and just be yourself and don’t look or dress like somebody else JUST BE YOURSELF


I think that we should have after school clubs, lessons in school, meetings / talks in community centres and / or have private lessons.


Teenagers are more concerned about how they look and I think acne would be a good thing they would like to know more about


Don’t tell us in lessons about it, do it in assembly where we have time and we actually listen to teachers


Could you make me confident about myself



Here's the help you have been looking for - we have trawled the net to find the best advice and websites all in one place here for you to learn to your heart's content!


Scream and shout and tell EVERYBODY about it!


Haughton Thornley Medical Centres and its Patient Participation Group would like to thank everybody that has taken part in this questionnaire. We have listened to your issues and below is a link to a selection of websites that could help people just like you to get the best information possible about the issues that you have highlighted. Of course they are no substitute to going and confiding in a trained health professional but they may help you to understand things better and of course you can use what you learn here to share with the trained health professional so that together we can help each other to get you where you want to be – more confident about yourself, better able to understand your body’s needs, able to make better, informed choices about your health and well being and better prepared for the future. Most of all we hope this is all a lot of fun and that you come back here regularly and invite others to come here too to learn!

Teenage Health Freak www.teenagehealthfreak.org Pete's diary of a teenage health freak.

Alcohol to zits - your complete index to teenage life

Dear Dr Ann. I have a love bite and I don't want my parents to see it. How do I get rid of it?



Connexions - Information, Advice and Guidance for Young People www.connexions-tameside.com Connexions is the information, advice, guidance and personal support service for all young people 13-19. If you have learning difficulties or disabilities we can help you until you are 25.

Ther's loads of information on choices, education, free time, health, housing, law, Your Rights, Money, Relationships, Travel ad Transport, Where to get help and Work and Training. It's even got information about Schools and Colleges, Parents & Carers, Employers and Professionals too! Want to keep fit - then join a club

Best of all, it's got local information relevant for you and all your mates too!

Branching Out - Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service for Young People www.tameside.gov.uk/branchingout Drug and Alcohol treatment service for young people in Tameside.

Provides a confidential service for young people and their families seeking advice and assistance around substance misuse. Work alongside youth workers and teachers supporting young people with issues around substance misuse.

Based at Number 31, Clarence Arcade, Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. 0161-342-7605

Tameside Sports Trust - Actie health and fitness for all www.tamesidesportstrust.com Providing facilities and activities to help you improve your health and fitness, develop your sporting goals or simply enjoy your leisure time.

See Hyde Leisure Pool TV advert, active ability including facilities and activities for disabled people, special offers, football development, swimming development and a sports directory too!

Off the Record www.offtherecord.demon.co.uk Off the Record, a free confidential counselling service for young people 13-28 living in Tameside, Glossop, Oldham and surrounding areas.

Do you ever feel....like you're anxious or stressed....like you're depressed....like you're bullied....like hurting yourself....like you're pressured at school....like you're not in control...like you're being bullied.....like not eating or eating too much....like you're affected by your parents splitting up?

Our counsellors respect you....won't tell you what to do.... listen... understand you and keep everything confidential!

We are at 45 Clarendon Place, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 2ND. You can call us on 0161-355-3553 or send an e-mail to office@offtherecord.demon.co.uk

Anti Knife crime advert Reversible - Tameside Drop the knives

The above video was produced by Tameside youth opportunity fund panel, WISH multimedia, Tameside Police and Tameside Council

Knife Crimes.org www.knifecrimes.org Knife crime, Gun Crime, Advice, Support, Petition for Tougher Sentences

The first and most complete resource on knife crime in the UK. Look at knife crime through the eyes of the victims their relatives and also experts.


R U thinking about sex and relationships? www.ruthinking.co.uk R U Thinking about sex and relationships?

Here is the low down on everything you need to know about contraception.

Where can I get condoms from? What do I do if the condom splits? What is the best contraception? Do you put on weight taking the pill? What are female condoms / femidoms? What is the law on getting contraceptions / condoms?

Find out where the nearest (or furthest!) STI clinic is, get advice on unplanned pregnancy or have a chat with a doctor.

Emergency Help! Could you have an STI? What if you think you might be pregnant? What if you have had sex without a condom? What if you have been pushed into sex? What if you forgot to take your pill? 

This website will be closing down soon and transferring to NHS Choices but here it is in all its glory for you to see. Grab it whilst you can!

Talk to Frank.com www.talktofrank.com The A-Z of drugs

Latest stuff including cannabis, cannabis self-help, your stories and cocaine basement including the latest Frank cocaine TV ads

Look here if you want to know everything you always wanted to know but never knew who or when to ask. Want to talk to somebody confidentially? Text them or what about Text? Worried about someone? Need help? Here is where to look

Text 82111


Youth Health Talk www.youthhealthtalk.org "There must be nothing worse than to be ill and alone with no real understanding of your situation. Other people's stories are the real way that we cope..." Thom Yorke, Radiohead

This is a website about young people's real life experiences of health and lifestyle. This is not just a website about the medical facts, this is about real people and real lives.

Watch, listen and read young people talking about their experiences, and feel free to join in the forums.

Teenage cancer, type 1 diabetes, depression and low mood, epilepsy, sexual health and long term health conditions....it's all here for you to see!


NHS Choices - Teen boys' health www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/TeenBoys NHS Choices providing info on Teen boys' health

Up to 70% of women and 50% of men with an STI don't show any symptoms. If you think you an tell who's got an STI, watch this and think again!

Ready to go all the way? The truth about drugs.

Check your health, take the safe sex quiz, how much do you drink, smoking calculator and are you a healthy weight. Worried about acne, obesity, asthma or obesity. It's all here....



NHS Choices - Teen Girls' health www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/TeenGirls  NHS Choices providing info on Teen girls' health

A GP and a group of teenage girls explain how the HPV vaccine reduces the risk of cervical cancer, what drugs do to you, are you ready to go all the way, get the facts about contraception, acne, teenage girls video wall and more!







Teens Health from the USA http://kidshealth.org/teen/ This is a website from America for teenagers. Information about health, growth and emotions for Teens.

Whilst some of the information may not be applicable to the UK, it may be useful for you to see how they are tackling issues such as Your Body, Your Mind, Sexual Health, Food and Fitness, Recipes, Drugs and Alcohol, Expert Answers, Disease and Conditions, Infections, Schools and Jobs, Staying Safe and even En Espanol!




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