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Young people are being encouraged to check out a website offering them help and advice to deal with issues like staying safe, drugs and bullying.

Anyone aged from 11 to 19 can log on to Derbyshire County Council ‘OK?’ campaign site and until November 30 can also enter a free prize draw to win £20 worth of shopping vouchers.

DCC Cabinet Member for Public Health Councillor Carol Hart said: “Hundreds of young people have already signed up to our OK? campaign to take advantage of the advice and support it offers on a range of difficult issues.

“The site points them in the right direction for the advice and support they need, when they need it and I urge parents, carers and teachers to encourage young people to take a look at what the website has to offer and how it can help them.”

The council launched its ‘OK?’ campaign last summer following research with local 11 to 19-year-olds about issues which concern them.

It showed they can worry about crime just as much as older people and don’t always know where to get help if they need it – especially if they don’t want to talk to a parent or teacher.

Their ideas were developed into the web-based campaign running as part of the county council’s b_line scheme for young people. It covers five main areas:

* Staying safe and protecting their property

* Looking after themselves and their friends by asking for help when they need it

* How to deal with bullying, abuse and threatening behaviour

* How drinking alcohol and taking drugs can lead to bad decisions and damage health.

Young people can find out more information about all these issues and where to go for support and advice if they need it at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ok .