Chat about health with new text service

Young people are being encouraged to discuss their health concerns in confidence.
Young people are being encouraged to discuss their health concerns in confidence.

A new text messaging service is encouraging young people across Northumberland to discuss their health concerns in confidence.

Chat Health allows 11 to 19-year-olds to text their school nurse, in confidence, for advice and support on issues including, mental health, bullying, self-harm, alcohol and drugs, relationships, healthy eating and smoking.

The service has been rolled out to all secondary schools across Northumberland and North Tyneside. A small team of trained school nurses triage and answer all messages, with an automated message being sent if a text is received out-of-hours. The nurses can also signpost the young person on to other appropriate health care services, if necessary, or offer to see them face-to-face. Text Chat Health on 07507 332258.