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2. Keeping Healthy
Eating good food and exercising are important for your health. Young people with disabilities may have various health needs, which may be met by different services and professionals in a range of different places.
Health professionals working with young people should support them to understand how their condition or illness might affect their future. They also can help to make sure young people understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Living with a life limiting condition
Young people living with a complex, lifelong or life limiting condition will need extra care and support, and are more likely to have continual professional involvement.
For intervention and advice for the young person or their family, there is a charity called Together for Short Lives, see their website here https://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/
General Practitioners (Doctors)
GP's look after the health and wellbeing of people in their local community. They also offer advice on things like giving up smoking, healthy eating, contraception, health problems and other health services that may be helpful for you. If you have a illness that cannot be managed by pharmacists, medicine or resting at home then you should see your GP.
Opticians are eye health care professionals. You go to the optician to get your eyes checked, and to make sure they are healthy.
Eye examinations are available free of charge to all children under 16. They don’t have to be able to read to have one. Ask your health visitor or school nurse for further advice.
Dentists check your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. Dentists make sure all your teeth are growing as they should, and if there are any other problems like needing a filling, braces or having a tooth removed.
Annual Health Checks
Everyone with a learning disability should have a yearly health check, from the age of 14.
Eating a balanced diet helps to keep you healthy, and may help to stop you getting some diseases.
Having good personal hygiene is one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves from illnesses. Poor hygiene can cause discomfort, skin complaints and infections.
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It is very important for all young people who are becoming adults to know where they can get advice about sex and relationships. Some young people may feel comfortable visiting their GP or Practice Nurse. Others may want to talk to a professional who specialises in sexual health.
Our emotional health is just as important as any other health problem. There are many different op emotional and mental health support ranging from support with anger, anxiety, eating concerns, low self esteem, phobias.
There is a free, safe, online anonymous suport site for young people, called Kooth. You can chat to counsellors and join the young people forum too. For more information, please visit www.kooth.com
Youngminds.org.uk offer more information and advice for young people. They also support parents and carers
If you are still struggling after trying self help tips, then you may need to speak to your GP.
Addiction is an illness that can make it very difficult for a person to stop doing something that is making them unhealthy like drinking, smoking, taking drugs, gambling. Addiction support services can help people to stop.