A one-stop-shop, drop-in health service dedicated to teenagers has opened in the north of Glasgow and will focus heavily on hazardous drinking amongst teens.
Youth Health Service (YHS) Possil is aimed at young people aged between 12-19 years and will operate every Wednesday between 6.30-9pm from premises in Closeburn Street.
The new service means that young people will have immediate access to an addiction worker as well as a doctor, nurse, counsellor and youth workers, as they do at a similar successful service in Maryhill which opened in 2002.
Julie Gordon, the North Glasgow Community Health Care Partnership (CHCP) Coordinator / Lead for Young People, explained why changing attitudes to alcohol is a major issue, she said:
“A local school survey carried out two years ago discovered that 25 per cent of S4 pupils in North Glasgow schools had been drunk within the last week.
“In addition hazardous drinking is a high profile issue and as health care professionals we have been asked by the Scottish Government to challenge our nation’s drinking culture.
“We will also be working closely with the Alcohol Brief Intervention member of staff to support other alcohol-related activities.”
This includes a local theatre group which has been commissioned to write a production looking at the problems stemming from teenage drinking.
It is due to be performed at the end of March at The Bridge, Easterhouse, and all local secondary schools are being invited to attend.
The YHS will also tackle issues around cyber bullying and anger issues and by working with the Youth Stakeholders Group in north Glasgow and local youth groups Young People’s Futures and the Ruchill Youth Project, and encourage teenagers to try new hobbies or get involved in sporting activities, help with college applications and point them to “get ready for work” programmes.
Councillor Jim Mackechnie, chair of North Glasgow CHCP officially opened the new service on Wednesday, February 10, and he said:
"I am very pleased to see the youth health service being extended within the North CHCP.
"It has already been very successful with young people drawing great benefit from the available services.
"Doctors, nurses, counsellors and youth workers can all be easily accessed and the young people clearly appreciate having a services dedicated to them.
"We want to see an overall improvement in the health and well-being of our young people and through youth health service I am certain we can deliver a better quality of life for them."
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.