Harrogate pupils welcome new text service for mental health

St Aidans

8:03am 8th February 2018

A new mental health service for children and young adults in North Yorkshire has been launched.

Children’s mental health charity Place2be is now in its fourth year of children’s mental health week.

This week (5-11 February 2018) highlights the importance of ‘being ourselves.’

Place2Be invites everyone to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke out earlier on in the week in support of all children being themselves.

Harrogate offers many services to aid children and young people who are suffering with mental health issues such as CAMHS and Harrogate’s Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Clinical Commissioning Group has recently been involved in launching a new service called Compass Buzz.

Compass Buzz is a school mental health and wellbeing project in North Yorkshire.

The project offers training for schools on how to deal with mental health and wellbeing by training teachers and staff to deal with difficult issues, it also offers them support in referring children on to get more specialised support

The service also offers in a confidential text messaging service for children aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire.

By texting the service, they will be able to receive confidential advice, support and signposting from a wellbeing worker within one day via text.

The service launched a few weeks ago and already has young people texting in.

Team leader Emma Tymon said, “The feedback we’ve received already has been really good from the young people that have texted into the service already.”

The service, explains Emma “offers help and advice or if we think that a service could help them, we can signpost them of where they can go to get that support.”

Students Stray FM spoke to at St Aidan's School, Harrogate, thought that the idea of Compass Buzz can only be positive.

One student said, “I think the anonymity of that sounds really good.

"You can compartmentalise mental health a bit so you don’t have to worry about it at school if you know there is someone else to talk to.”

However, schools in the area are already doing a lot to improve their mental health and wellbeing services.

The students (pictured above) also referred to the many outlets of support available to them including school nurse and Chaplin. 

One said, “From personal experience it is good here at Aidans.

"Specifically, the nurse referred me straight away to counselling unit called Compass reach and I know others who have had the same experience.

"The school is good at referring student on or if you just want a drop-in session that is also available.” 

More news from across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
New CCTV images released following Harrogate burglaries

NEW CCTV released after Harrogate burglary

£100,000 of antiques was stolen.

new zero-emission electric bus for harrogate taking shape

New low emission buses charge for Harrogate

Here are some pictures of the new vehicles.

Most read
Ripley_Castle

Emmerdale stars in surprise wedding at Harrogate's Ripley Castle

Guests were only given 45 minutes notice of what was going on.

Newer article
Top articles

Finalists for Skipton Business Awards 2018 revealed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Several local businesses are celebrating as this year's shortlisted finalists.

Student exam threat as university lecturers strike over pensions

National: More than a million students are expected to be affected by industrial action with lecturers at 64 universities walking out over pensions.

'We are overwhelmed': Lebanon's plea for help with Syrian refugee crisis

World: The Government is expected to pass the halfway mark today towards meeting its target of relocating 20,000 Syrian refugees from countries around the conflict zone.

Arsene Wenger wants to keep Danny Welbeck at Arsenal

Sport: Arsene Wenger insists he wants to keep Danny Welbeck at Arsenal despite admitting the striker lacks the goalscoring prowess of Harry Kane.

Lipa and Stormzy bring politics to the Brits as both win two awards

Showbiz: Grime artist Stormzy and singer Dua Lipa were the main winners at the Brit Awards, both claiming two awards each.

Finalists for Skipton Business Awards 2018 revealed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Several local businesses are celebrating as this year's shortlisted finalists.

Unique Sixth Form Experience

Education: A staggering 92% of pupils from St Aidan's and St John Fisher's Associated Sixth Form gained places at their first or second choice institution.

Leo is in luck in the UK!

70s On This Day: He finally got his number one on these shores

Call for Harrogate to join fight against dementia

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Passionate volunteers in Harrogate are being asked to come forward.

Unique Sixth Form Experience

Education: A staggering 92% of pupils from St Aidan's and St John Fisher's Associated Sixth Form gained places at their first or second choice institution.

Behind the scenes of the Swinton Country Club and Spa

Health: Multi-million pound spa near Masham is open for business.

Making Your Valentine's Day Flowers Look The Best

Family: Love is in the air during the month of February and should you have a delivery of flowers, Rossett Adult Learning's floristry course has the tips to keep them looking their best for longer.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

The Yorkshire floods: one year on

Special Reports: People affected by last year's downpours describe what has happened in the last 12 months

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

Tour de Yorkshire: LIVE BLOG

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Follow all the action as 2017's Tour de Yorkshire hits the Stray FM area.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

Christmas lights switch-ons near you

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Find out where you can see the festive illuminations being turned on and when across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

Poll

When making tea...