Detached Youth Work Project in Middlesbrough

Health Support

Linx offers help, advice and support for young people around a variety of topics: alcohol and drug misuse, smoking, healthy eating and sexual health. Staff are able to work one-to-one with a young person, or deliver tailored programmes to young people in schools and colleges.

Smoking Cessation: Advice about the risks of smoking and the effects it has on the body. Information on how to cut down and support to successfully stop smoking.

Alcohol Use: Awareness of the issues surrounding alcohol use; the effects on the body and the societal implications. Support to cut down on or stop drinking alcohol, and the guidance to use alcohol safely and legally. Participation in national campaigns such as Dry January, encouraging everyone in the community to reduce alcohol consumption.

Drug Use: Awareness of the effects of drug use and misuse and the issues surrounding drug addiction. Information on the risks of new psychoactive substances, including ‘legal’ highs. Support to decrease and cease drug use.

Healthy Lifestyles: Guidance for young people to enable them to make healthier choices in their lives. Exercise and fitness sessions to introduce young people to new activities and provide opportunities for participation in sports; cooking sessions to teach young people healthy recipes, how to make healthier choices in their daily diet and basic cooking skills to encourage self-reliance.

Sexual Health: Awareness of methods of contraception available, consent and safe non-coercive relationships, STI advice and testing, pregnancy testing, support surrounding pregnancy and positive STI results. Linx also run Interactive Baby Courses, using realistic virtual baby dolls to teach young people about the demands of parenthood.

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