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Youth Health Service Expands Across Glasgow

Published: | Health Improvement, Young People

Glasgow City HSCP’s Youth Health Service (YHS) aimed at young people aged 12 – 19 years is expanding across the city from February 2020.

The Youth Health Service will open the new services at Shettleston Health Centre in North East Glasgow on Wednesday 5 February and in the New Gorbals Health & Care Centre in South Glasgow on Thursday 6 February.  Both services operate in the evening from 6.30pm - 9.00pm. Referrals were accepted in preparation for the openings.

Glasgow has around 105,000 people aged 12 - 24 years, but currently the North West of the city is the only area with Youth Health Services. These services operate in Possilpark Health and Care Centre, Maryhill Health and Care Centre and Drumchapel Health Centre opening one evening a week per venue, and see around 400 new contacts a year.

These multi-agency services make help more easily accessible for young people and actively encourage young people who are struggling to seek support. 

One to one advice is offered in a range of issues including emotional and mental health, relationships, sexual health, weight management, drugs and alcohol, housing, financial issues and family relationships. In addition to these services the YHS offers comprehensive wrap around support outwith delivery times.

A further four service locations will be established in a phased approach over the next two years across North East and South Glasgow bringing the City total to nine, by 2022.

Young people can self-refer by calling 0141 451 2727 or be referred by a teacher, a school nurse or any organisation working with young people. GPs can refer via SCI Gateway.

The services will be promoted on social media and digital methods will be utilised to engage young people.

Susanne Millar, Interim Chief Officer, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership said: “The aim is to provide a seamless, holistic approach to a young person's health and well-being by strengthening inter-agency working and encouraging young people to seek help early. Evidence suggests that many long term conditions have their origin in adolescence.  Making services more accessible to young people is key to effective early intervention. The Youth Health Service addresses the young person's immediate clinical and social needs and encourages them to manage their own well-being by making healthy choices and continuing to engage with health services into adulthood.” 

A young person commented: “I think it is really good because you have somebody to speak to and share things with. It is a really nice place and it makes me feel safe and all of the staff are so nice.”

More information from Youth Health Service Manager - julie.gordon@ggc.scot.nhs.uk 

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