14-year-old from Luton writes rap to encourage young people to open up about their wellbeing

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Young people in Bedfordshire are being urged to seek help over issues like bullying and eating disorders through a new song from a young rap artist.

14-year-old Jayden, who attends Challney High School for boys in Luton, has written the song to encourage other children and teenagers to use the messaging service ChatHealth.

It's run by local health services, and allows students aged 11-19 to text their school nurse confidentially.

ChatHeath is run by local health services. Credit: NHS

The rap was created following a competition in February which asked young people to design a rap to encourage young people across Bedfordshire to talk about relationships, bullying and healthy eating among other issues through direct, confidential texts with their school nurses.

Jayden's parents say it was his love of music that encouraged him to get involved in the project:

Jayden's parents say it was his love of music that encouraged him yo get involved in the project. Credit: NHS

Feedback from the app has been positive.

School nurse Kirsty says the app has enabled young people to get support comfortably without having to address the issue face to face.

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