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Text message health service continuing over summer

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A text message service for young people in Cumbria to contact their school nurse confidentially about health-related issues will continue to run during the summer holidays.

ChatHealth is available to secondary school pupils between the ages of eleven and nineteen.

“Throughout the summer holidays we want to continue supporting young people and help give them advice on any worries they have. Our new text messaging service for 11-19 year olds is a great way for young people to get in touch with us if they need a confidential chat over something they are concerned about.

“We can help with a wide range of issues such as giving advice on bullying, emotional health and well-being and sexual health as well as answering all other queries.”

– Amanda Hulse, School Nurse at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

ChatHealth is available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm and all throughout the year. The number to text the service is 07480 635 458.

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Police Scotland respond to school hoax threats

Hoax calls were made to schools. Credit: PA

Police Scotland say there is no information to suggest hoax threats made to schools in Scotland are "terrorist related".

One of the schools that received a threatening telephone call was Dumfries High School.

Police Scotland, along with other forces across the UK, is investigating a series of malicious hoax threats made to 13 primary and secondary schools across the country today.

There is no information to suggest these threats were terrorist related. Police Scotland is working with other UK forces to investigate who is responsible and whether the incidents are linked.

We take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on the 101. In an emergency always call 999.

– ACC Steve Johnson, Police Scotland

Scottish Borders headteachers 'reminded' of bomb threat steps

Schools are aware of the trend for telephone threats. Credit: PA

Headteachers in the Scottish Borders have been reminded of the steps to take in the event of a bomb threat.

A number of threats have been made to schools across England and Scotland, including one in Dumfries and Galloway.

No schools in the Scottish Borders have been threatened, however the council says if a school does require an evacuation, parents will be told directly by Groupcall.

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