Some people start dating quite young, others prefer to wait - it doesn’t matter. There are good and bad aspects to being single and to being in a relationship.
- What’s right for your friends may not be right for you.
- If your relationship ends, you may feel sad and want to talk to someone.
- You may also want to discuss other things such as sex or sexuality.
There are lots of places where you can get help and information – in confidence if you prefer:
- Tameside provides free sexual health advice through its Sexual Health Clinics – find out more at Tameside or phone 0161 342 7100.
- A C Card is a credit card-sized membership card that allows you to get condoms wherever you see the C Card sign. For details of local sexual health services for young people, text SAFE to 07766363390. You will receive a message telling you which clinics are open that day.
- Avert also has information on teenage relationships.
- BBC Radio 1's website has lots of useful articles on all aspects of one to one relationships, including dating, splitting up, sex and the law, safe sex, gay and lesbian relationships.
- NHS Choices Your health, your choices
- Brook Advisory Centres offer free and confidential sexual health advice and services to young people.
Locally there are Young People's Clinics that can provide non-judgmental advice and a range of Sexual Health services.
You can use the library in your Connexions Centre too as it has information for you to read or take away. You could also go to Relationships Weblinx for more useful websites.