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R u Ok m8? Young people can text Wiltshire’s school nurses for confidential advice

Posters and small wallet sized cards will be available for children across the county’s schools to advertise Chat Health – a confidential texting service for young people in Wiltshire with emotional or physical health problems.

Chat Health provides access to school nurses who can give advice and guidance on a wide range of issues from smoking, alcohol and drug abuse through to bullying, problems with friends or family, self-harm and puberty.

The service is available for 11 to 19-year-olds (Year seven and above) Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm all year round (excluding bank holidays) and it gives young people the opportunity to discuss their concerns with a school nurse by text if they would rather not do it face to face.

Charlotte Forward, Professional Lead 5-19 Public Health Nursing for our organisation who provide the school nursing service in Wiltshire said the posters and cards will be sent to the county’s schools in the coming weeks.

She added: “This service gives young people more access to help and support with the issues that can commonly cause them concern.

“Young people can encounter a whole range of problems as they are growing up and being able to talk through problems or worries, completely confidentially, can be a huge help for them by either easing their fears or confusion or by helping them find ways to cope with their difficulties.

“The service was originally launched in June 2017, but we wanted to carry out a re-launch to remind people that help was only a phone call away if they were having problems.”

The Chat Health number for Wiltshire is 07480 635 513.

 

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