Glasgow City Youth Health Service take a holistic approach to care. This means that we try to support the young person with all aspects of their health, rather than focusing on just one.
Most of the help we provide comes under one of the following categories; however we recognise that being healthy can mean different things to different people and our health can be affected by many different factors. We will often link with other services across Glasgow City to offer a wide range of support.
We take a preventative approach to mental health – this means we will provide young people with coping strategies to help them deal with life’s challenges in a more constructive way.
We can offer short-term support with difficulties such as stress, anxiety and low mood. This may take the form of sessions with our Lifelink Counsellors or other mental health support.
We can offer support with contraception including implant insertion and removal, emergency contraception, contraceptive injection and contraceptive pills. Pregnancy testing and advice and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing are also available at the Youth Health Service.
Free condoms are available within all our venues.
Our Multiple Risk Workers are here to support young people to make positive choices and changes and improve their resilience. This could be to do with peer pressure, substance use, gaming or any other risky behaviours.
The Multiple Risk programme is provided by our partners includem and uses their "A Better Life" toolkit which includes topics such as health and wellbeing, offending and risk-taking behaviours. Sessions take place over several weeks and involve activities to create a personal development plan and work towards goals set by the young person. The activities used in the programme are tailored to the young person's learning style and interests to ensure their support is personalised.
One to one appointments are available in each of our venues with our Multiple Risk Workers, with potential for appointments in the community where appropriate.
We are currently operating a waiting list for our Weigh to Go service. This will soon be available at all of our venues and open to young people aged 12-18 years who are overweight (BMI 25+) and want to lose or manage their weight.
Those aged 18 years and over should seek referral to NHSGGC Weight Management Services
Young people who meet the criteria for the service can access free support from our Weigh to Go Nurses and Slimming World membership.