Health and Wellbeing

This page will give you some key information and resources on promoting better health and wellbeing.

What is health and wellbeing?

What is health?

Health is defined as how an individual can function well physically, socially and mentally. 

It is a measure of a person’s ability to do and become what they want to become. 

What is wellbeing? 

This is the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy.

What is mental wellbeing?

Your mental wellbeing is how you are feeling right now and how well you can cope with daily life. It is not a fixed emotion, and can change regularly. It can change because things have happened to us, and other times for no reason at all. Your mental wellbeing is continually changing – like a river. We may have days where we feel better than others, this is ok and perfectly normal.

Why is mental wellbeing so important?

Having good wellbeing can help to:
  • Feel and express a range of emotions
  • Have confidence and build self-esteem
  • Have good relationships with others
  • Enjoy the world around you
  • Cope and adapt to stress when things around you change

Top tips for looking after your wellbeing

  • Get creative
  • Learn something new
  • Be active
  • Eat healthily
  • Get enough sleep
  • Help others
  • Do things you enjoy
  • Connect with others
  • Do things to help you relax
  • Ask for help if you need it

Health and wellbeing resources


The below links will take you to a range of resources that will promote positive health and wellbeing. 


Mind: Website containing lots of information for mental wellbeing:

Information for young people on looking after your wellbeing – Mind


Health for Kids: An interactive website with resources for young people and adults

Staying Healthy | Health for Kids


Young Minds:  Contains a wealth of information. Sections dedicated to young people and parents / carers.

Mental Health Support For Young People | YoungMinds


Teen sleep hub: A website designed to promote healthy sleep routines.

Home - Teen Sleep Hub


British Nutrition Foundation: Contains information on nutrients, balanced diet and eating healthily.

Teenagers - British Nutrition Foundation


Talk to Frank: A website that provides honest information regarding drugs

Honest information about drugs | FRANK (


The Mix: A website designed for young people and features a wealth of information on alcohol use.

What Drink Does To Your Body | What Drink Does To Your Brain | The Mix


Kids A website containing lots of information on sexual health, STI’s birth control and your changing body

Sexual Health (for Teens) - Nemours KidsHealth


Smoking cessation : This website will help you make an informed choice of quitting smoking

Home | Smokefree Teen


Be gamble aware: A website to help if you feel that you are developing an issue with gambling

BeGambleAware®: Gambling Help & Gambling Addiction | BeGambleAware


Trust me film: A short film that shows the impact of gambling and other risk-taking behaviours can have on young people and their social groups

Trust Me Film | Highlighting gambling awareness to young people

Sexual Health


Good sexual health is an important aspect of your health and wellbeing. 


It is more than being free from sexually transmitted infections or becoming pregnant. It is about having the confidence and skills to ask for sex that makes you feel good and respecting your partners, and taking responsibility for your own sexual health.


Although it is illegal for under 16’s to have sex, it is not illegal for you to go to a health professional to ask for information on contraception.


A parent/carer will not be told about your visit unless they think you are at risk or danger.

Understanding consent in sex


Consent is defined as: giving permission for something to happen or an agreement for something to happen.


In terms of sexual consent this means giving permission to have sex or engage in sexual acts. Sexual consent can only be given if you are over 16 years old, anyone under 13 cannot give consent. Sending nudes is illegal for anyone under the age 18 years old.


There are certain circumstances that make it impossible for consent to be given. For example, a person without the mental or physical capacity and includes those that are drunk or high cannot give consent. So although they may be eager to engage in sex or sexual acts in doing so may be considered rape or sexual assault.


Consent can be withdrawn at any time and consent can be given for one act and not another.


Remember consent is about both people agreeing and not feeling pressured. Nobody has the right to force you into something you don’t want to do.

Female Genital Mutilation


This is a procedure where a young woman will have all or part of her genitalia removed. 


The procedure usually involves a young women being held down against her will while the procedure is undertaken. It is usually undertaken before a young women undergoes puberty.


The process is illegal and it is considered a form of child abuse. It is also illegal for parents to take their children out the United Kingdom to have this procedure.


There are cultures, however, who still consider the procedure of female genital mutilation to be of benefit, including a belief that it is a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood, a pre-requirement for marriage or that keeping the female genitalia makes a young girl unclean, unworthy and unhealthy.


There are no health benefits to having female genital mutilation and young girls who have gone through this will experience a lifetime of pain.


If you have immediate concerns about a young girl or yourself please call the police on 999.

Sexual health and safety resources


The below links will take you to a range of resources that will promote positive sexual health and safety


Videos that explain consent


Consent explained in an easy way

Tea and Consent – YouTube


Sex and consent

Let's Talk About...Sex & Consent – YouTube


What is consent?

What is consent? | #LetsTalkConsent | The Mix – YouTube


Consent explained in sign language

What is sexual consent (British Sign Language) – YouTube


Changing the way young men think about consent

Nathaniel Cole: Why we need to change the way young men think about consent | Nathaniel Cole | TEDxLondonWomen | TED Talk


Links to websites that promote healthy and safe sex

Are you ready for sex

Are You Ready? | Sexual Health Bucks


Sex and the law

The Law And Consenting To Sex: Just The Facts | Health For Teens


Enjoying a healthy sex life free of sexually transmitted diseases

A healthy sex life | Terrence Higgins Trust (


Female Genital Mutilation – raising awareness

Female genital mutilation | FORWARD (


For everything from your genitalia to contraception

Sexual Health & Wellbeing - Brook – Healthy lives for young people