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Find out what the Welsh Assembly Government is doing to reduce suicide and self-harm in Wales.

A healthy start in childhood lays the foundation for a fulfilled adult life.

It is important that parents, carers and children are aware of the health risks to young people and do their best to minimise them. Risks include obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, cancer and sexually transmitted infections.

NHS Direct Wales: 0845 4647

The NHS Direct Wales website contains a wide range of health information including:

  • details of dentists, pharmacies, sexual health clinics and support groups in your area
  • an A-Z encyclopedia of health.

Make a Change4Life

These days, 'modern life' can mean that we're a lot less active. Which means that 9 out of 10 kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases so it’s really important that we do something about it.

Want to make some changes?  Sign up today

Smoking

Many children experiment with smoking, believing that they will be able to stop when they want to. But smoking is highly addictive and many find themselves unable to give up.

Giving up

Smokers who wish to quit can contact Stop Smoking Wales for free and friendly help. Call 0800 085 2219 or visit the Stop Smoking Wales website.

Alcohol and drug abuse

Misusing drugs can lead to physical dependency (withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it) or psychological dependency (you take it to make yourself feel good).

Help

dan247 is a free and bilingual telephone drugs helpline and website providing a single point of contact for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol. Call 0800 6 33 55 88 or visit the dan247 website.

Sexual Health

Call the sexual health information line on 0800 567 123  for information and advice on:

  • contraception
  • emergency contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • pregnancy testing
  • where to find your nearest Sexual Health Service.