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Skateboard illustration If you are 13 to 18 this section is just for you.

Being a teenager can be daunting at times, with so many changes and new situations to find your way through. Choose from the options here to find out more about the help, support and information available to you.

If you can’t find what you need here you can try the ‘By subject’ area or contact us using the chat icon.

Don’t forget, if you need help urgently go to the ‘I need help now’ page or if it is an emergency just call 999.

Struggling with something – and feel alone?

Whether you are struggling with friendships, family life, or really personal issues like sexuality, or you just feel down or alone, remember – many adults in your life will have felt this way too at some point and will want to help you. Teachers, club leaders and youth workers or other adults you trust can all lend a supportive ear – and can help you start to unpick your problems.

Here are some local organisations who can give you confidential help with the big issues:

Feeling confused or worried about your sexuality or gender?

Relationships Scotland Orkney offers free support or counselling in a safe, confidential space to talk about your situation, whether you are in a relationship or not – or call 01856 877750.

The Youth Café runs a weekly support session, called The Pride Tribe, for young LGBT+ people, and meet on a Wednesday evening between 6pm and 7.30pm. Email for details or visit the Orkney Youth Café’s Facebook page.

Get involved with Orkney Pride or just take a look at their Facebook page.

Feeling down?

It’s not easy feeling down. There are some simple steps you can take to boost your mood – such as getting exercise and fresh air, connecting with people in your life, and eating and sleeping well. But if your low mood is hard to budge and is affecting your relationships or learning, you might want to speak to someone. You can start with your family doctor, or reach out to one of the organisations on our ‘I need help now‘ page.