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Health Issues

Health is an issue which affects everyone. Below is a list of many different organisations concerned with healthy living.

General
Brook Advisory Centres
They provide advice and counselling on emotional and sexual problems throughout the UK.
Tel: 08000 185023 for your local number

Health Development Agency
Aims to improve the general health of every individual in Britain
Web site
National Health Service Helpline (NHS Direct) (24 Hours)
Speak to a qualified nurse about any medical condition that you may have. You can also get help to find a doctor, dentist, pharmacist or support group.
Tel: 0845 4647
Menís Health Forum
The UK's leading voluntary organisation working to improve the health of men of all ages
Web site
The Samaritans
They offer free emotional support to anyone going through a crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tel: 08457 90 90 90
(Local numbers are listed inside the front cover of local phone books).

Wired For Health

Provides relevant and appropriate health information on a wide variety of health issues for young people including drugs, alcohol, eating and mental health
Web site


Dedicated Health Sites/Organisations

Acne
The Acne Support Group gives skin advice online
Web site

Aids
National Aids help line - confidential advice on HIV and AIDS.
Call 0800 567123.
(Also available in Urdu 0800 371135 / Hindi 0800 371136 (Wed 6-10pm)

Asthma
National Asthma Campaign - Advice and information line.
Call 0345 01 02 03


Autism/Aspergers Syndrome
The National Autistic Society
393, City Road, London EC1V 1NE - Tel: 0171 833 2299
The NAS Information Centre is for anyone with an interest in autism and related disorders, such as Aspergers Syndrome. It responds to enquiries, sending out fact sheets and reading lists and has a library of books and videos which can be used on request.
Tel: 0208 451 0141.
The NAS has Development Officers based all over the country but is co-ordinated from their Nottingham Office on 0115 911 3360.
E-mail:
Website

Asbergers Syndrome
Web site

Bedwetting
Bedwetting (Enuresis) Helpline - advice and support for people of any age. Call 0117 960 3060

Bereavement / Loss
Cruse Bereavement Care offers help to anyone who has suffered the loss of a friend or relative.
Tel 0208 332 7227 (helpline 9.30am - 5.00pm Mon-Fri).

Cancer
Cancer Bacup - Help for people with cancer, plus their friends and relatives.
Call 0808 800 1234
Cancer Research UK
The leading charity dedicated to the research on the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer, including testicular and prostrate cancer
PO Box 123 London WC2A 3PX Tel: 0207 242 0200
Help Line: 0207 269 3142 or 0800 226237
Web site
Cancer Prevention Research Trust
Tel: 0208 785 7786
Colon Cancer Concerns help line
Tel: 0207 381 4711

Teenage Cancer Trust - aims to improve the lives of teens with cancer.
Call 020 7436 2877


Carers/Caring
Carers line - Offers help to every carer including young people
Tel: 0345 573 369 10am-12noon, 2-4pm weekdays


Dyslexia
British Dyslexia Association - Information and advice for people with dyslexia and their families. Call 0118 966 8271

Eczma
National Eczma Society - Provides support for suffers and their families.
Call 020 7388 4097


Menigitis
Meningitis Trust - provides Information about meningitis.
Call 0845 6000 800


Mental Illness

Mind Info Line - this provides information on all aspects of mental health
Tel: 0208 522 1728 in London, 0345 660163 outside London.
Mon - Fri 9.15am - 4.45pm
Web site
Sane - provides information to anyone (including families and friends) suffering from mental health problems
1st floor, Cityside House, 40 Alder Street, London, E1 1EE
Tel: 0207 375 1002
Helpline: 0845 767 8000 (Daily 12noon - 2am)


Noise
Government web site on noise and its associated problems
Web site
The Noise Abatement Society
Web site

Osteoporosis
National Osteoporosis Society
The only national charity dedicated to supporting people with osteoporosis, where bones become brittle and break easily.
PO Box 10, Radstock, Bath, BA3 3YB Tel: 01761 471771
Help line: 01761 472721 (10.00am - 5.30pm Mon to Fri)
Web site

Smoking
Action on Smoking and Heath (ASH)
Web site

GASP
GASP is a tobacco control consultancy offering training and workshops; presentations, campaign and event organisation; and various resources.
Web site

National Smoking Quit line
- Free advice on stopping smoking.
Call 0800 002 200
QUIT
QUIT is an independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.
Smokers wanting to QUIT please call 0800 00 22 00
Web site
Smoke Free World
A useful reference guide on finding smoke free dining, drinking and accommodation around the country.
Web site
Snoring
Help for people with snoring problems
Tel: 0800 085 1097
Web site

Stammering
British Stammering Association - Help and advice for sufferers and their families. Call 020 8981 8818

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic Shock Information Service - provides information about this rare condition which can be caused by tampon use.
Call 020 7617 8040