Text messaging service is supporting young people during Anti-Bullying Week

This week marks national Anti-Bullying Week and locally young people can text their School Nurse for support if they need some advice on bullying or anything else.

The team of Schools Nurses at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) are continuing to raise awareness of the Trusts new ChatHealth service through Anti-Bullying Week by visiting local schools across the county to ensure all 11-19 year olds are aware of the support the service can offer.

CPFT School Nurses want to ensure that young people know they can text ChatHealth for support in any situation which causes them to feel distressed or worried, this includes bullying. If a young person is being emotionally or physically targeted they can also text the ChatHealth service and receive support for this in a confidential way.

Donna Moore, School Nurse for CPFT has been working her way around the south of the county to ensure this message reaches students said:

“As part of Anti-Bullying Week I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to visit schools and tell them more about our ChatHealth service. We want to help as many young people in need of support as we can and getting the word out about ChatHealth to students is really important.”

Bryony Davy, Head of Year 7 at The Queen Katherine School in Kendal said:

“ChatHealth sounds like a really useful service and I’m sure it’s something that students will use. As a school we are really keen to ensure our students are supported not just academically but also emotionally, which is where ChatHealth fits in very well.”

Donna adds:

“I’m planning on visiting more schools in the next few weeks and setting up shop in the student areas during break times. This is a different approach to the school assemblies we have been doing and hopefully by having an informal way of getting the students to interact with us will prove popular. It will also give the opportunity for students to ask us questions then and there and we can get the message across that ChatHealth is there for any support needed, whether it’s bullying or general health advice.”

More information on ChatHealth is available here.