10th-16th October- This week is Sexual Health Week and Brook’s focus this year is Breaking Barriers!
Access to sexual health and well-being services should be for everyone, The Northern provides FREE, friendly and confidential services for all, you can book an appointment by heading to our website and clicking ‘How to Book an Appointment’ or simply call 0161 701 1555 (the phonelines can get very busy).
The common barriers that people face have been identified as gender, economics, geography, accessibility, sexuality, language, race and ethnicity.
We aim to cater for all needs at our sexual health clinics by offering services to overcome these barriers such as interpreters for those who don’t have English as a first language, male and female doctors/nurses, we have recently changed the waiting rooms and toilets to be gender neutral as we develop services (see here) for trans and gender diverse individuals and we have clinics in various locations around Manchester. If you want to see where your nearest clinic is head over to Our Clinics – The Northern Sexual Health.
Visit Brook’s page to access webinars, videos & more information around Breaking Barriers for Sexual Health Week!
We can often find it difficult to talk about certain topics or problems we are going through sometimes so part of breaking down barriers is learning not to keep things to ourselves and find the support we need!
Some people may find it embarrassing to come to the clinic so if you would like to access a free STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing kit, simply log-in or create a PHR by clicking here, and follow the instructions to order one to the comfort of your own home.
There are many professional services available for most of your needs whether it’s that you’re suffering with your mental health or you’re in a relationship you don’t feel safe in, you will find all different services and how to contact them on our USEFUL SUPPORT SERVICES page.
Some of these services include:
NHS GO NHS Go – Confidential health advice
NHS Go is a confidential health advice and information service for 16-25 year olds.
Available for free on iOS and Android, NHS Go provides you with:
Childline- Call 0800 11 11 Childline | Childline
If you are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small – don’t bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is here for you. You can get support from a counsellor on their online chat or call their helpline.
Samaritans- Call 116 123 Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen
Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you.
Runaway Helpline- Call or Text 116 000 Homepage – Runaway Helpline
Runaway Helpline offers confidential support to young people aged 11-17. If you are thinking about running away, have already run away, or if you have been away and come back you can contact them.
You can also contact them if you are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused.
Call or Text 116 000 Free from any phone even without credit
1-2-1 Webchat every day 14:30-21:00