My life

My health

Being healthy covers things like what you eat, what exercise you do and being confident and happy. It is also important that you know when and how to seek help or advice from professionals if you are feeling unwell or worried about your health.

Everyone has a unique body and all young people will have questions at some time or another about their aches and pains, whether things are working properly or not or if their bits and pieces are ‘normal’! It is also natural that as you become a teenager you will have questions around your development and sexual health. Any questions you will be able to discuss with someone you trust like your carers, key worker or social worker.

What is a health assessment? SHOW

Why do I need a health assessment? SHOW

Where will my health assessment take place? SHOW

How long will my health assessment take? SHOW

What will happen after my health assessment? SHOW

Emotional wellbeing

Just like good physical health, looking after your emotional wellbeing is really important. It’s ok not to be ok - there are always people you can talk to if you need help. You could tell your carers, key worker, social worker, teacher or someone else you trust.

Everyone gets sad, frustrated and overwhelmed at times and sometimes these feelings can make you feel helpless and unsupported. There is not a time when an event suddenly stops influencing someone, so there is no reason to feel like you should have ‘gotten over it.’

There are a number of places you can go for mental wellbeing support in Southampton, both online and in person. Below are some examples provided jointly by Southampton Mental Health Network and NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight which you can also view in PDF format: Your wellbeing journey.

1 Self-help and online support SHOW

2 Get some more support from your community SHOW

3 Getting some more support from NHS services SHOW

4 Immediate and urgent help and support if you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis SHOW

My school life

We want to support you with your education to help you achieve your hopes and wishes for the future.

Will I go to the same school? SHOW

Who can I talk to at school about being in care? SHOW

What is a personal education plan? SHOW

What is Southampton Virtual School? SHOW

My voice

As well as being able to share your views and opinions by speaking to your social worker, carers, key worker or reviewing officer, sometimes it can be difficult to talk about some concerns or worries.

You have the right to:

  • Be treated with respect, as a real person, whatever your age
  • Be treated fairly whatever your age, race, your disability, your religion or the clothes you wear
  • Be listened to and your feelings and wishes to be heard and considered when people are making plans about your future
  • Be able to go to school
  • Be in good health
  • Be able to complain if you are unhappy or worried
  • About something like being bullied, abused, not listened to etc
  • Be able to have an advocate who can help you sort things out when you are unhappy

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