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    DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...


    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...


    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...


    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...


    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...


    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...


    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...

General health information and youth sites

These sites are aimed at young people and contain general information about health and illness.

Please get in touch if there is anything that you would like to talk through with us here at riprap. Find local support in your area here.

Links updated 02/04/21

Health Talk is the result of a partnership between the DIPEx charity and The Health Experiences Research Group at The University of Oxford. It offers a collection of interviews with young people about their experiences of health or illness. They tell you what it is really like! UK

The Mix - Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. UK

NHS Live Well site - A wealth of information about how to look after yourself as well as information on support services.

TeenGOSH is run by Great Ormond Street Hospital, and is an online section for 12-18 year olds packed with features, advice, video diaries and information on health conditions and issues. There is a section on cancer and the associated tests and treatments, and readers can look at the real life stories of people in a similar situation to themselves. UK

KidsHealth provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through to adolescence. KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. USA