This digital health and wellbeing contact has been devised by public health nurses (school nurses) within Healthy Together at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Its purpose is to identify any health concerns that you may have and to offer digital information and support about the topic area that you are concerned about. If you are worried about certain topics a member of the public health nursing team may ask to meet with you individually at school. An example of these topics might be if you are a young carer, are self-harming or have low mood or anxiety. The school will not know why you have been asked to see a member of the public health nursing team.
Completing the questionnaire will help us to understand about your health and also the health of your school community. This will enable us to try to make improvements in the life and wellbeing of young people in your community.
The information you are completing today is confidential. This means that any information given will not be shared without your permission to do so. Unless you give permission, Healthy Together will not pass on anything you say to anyone else for example parents, teachers or other students – except in exceptional circumstances to protect you or someone else from harm.
Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential. The information that we collect will be stored electronically on secure NHS information systems. Healthy Together has access to your health records via an electronic database – most GP's and other health services add information to your health records when you go to see them. This can help us to provide the right support for you. Where you are being seen by other health services, we will share information with them where it is relevant and supports your ongoing care and treatment. However, where we asked to share information outside of these circumstances, we will seek your permission to do so. If you are concerned about the way we may be using and sharing your information, you can contact our Data Protection Officer via the following routes: Tel – 0116 2294051 or email – LPT-DataPrivacy@leicspart.nhs.uk. We are required by law to share information to protect you or someone else from harm.
We can’t feel happy all the time, but we should feel safe in our own home. Most people tend to have days where they feel happy and days where they feel less happy and this is normal.
Just like at home, there will be days at school that aren’t so good. It’s normal to sometimes have disagreements with friends. You should feel safe at school and that there is an adult that you can talk to if you are having problems.
Bullying can be physical, verbal or cyber. It may be face to face, or you may not even know the person. Whatever it is, bullying is not acceptable. Talk to someone you trust about it if it’s happening to you.
When we think about your physical health, that can cover any health conditions.
It’s really important that you share with your teachers if you have any health needs or disabilities that may affect how you learn. They can support you to ensure that you get all the right support to help you learn more easily.
The law is clear – taking or sharing photos or videos of under 18s is illegal. People might tell you it's OK, but it isn’t.
One of the reasons why exams can be stressful is we can’t totally control the outcome. But studying regularly, having a balanced diet, sleeping 8 ½ to 9 hours a night and exercising regularly can help with stress.
Worry is a part of life, but too much worry when it is not actually needed can be unhelpful and get in the way of letting us enjoy our lives.
Self-harm is an expression of emotional distress where people cause physical harm to themselves.
Self-harming can occur in many forms, but often the underlying intention is to release the build up of pressure from distressing thoughts and feelings.
Learning new coping strategies to deal with self-harm will make it easier to break the cycle.
People tend to have good days and bad days. If you’re having more bad times than good times and this is affecting your sleep, appetite and thinking, then think about talking to someone you trust about this.
Everyone has things about them that they don’t like. Be kind to yourself – everyone is different and difference is good.
Young people need 8 ½ – 9 hours’ sleep a night to keep you fit, healthy and emotionally well. Try to get into a bedtime routine to help you fall asleep.
Puberty happens to everyone – it’s a normal part of growing up. It’s the one thing we all have in common. It usually happens when you’re between the ages of 8-16.
As you grow up and develop sexual feelings, it’s completely normal to think about the same sex and the opposite sex. Don’t feel pressured into putting a label on how you feel.
A balanced diet with regular meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and drinking 6-8 non-sugary drinks a day will help your body to stay in top shape.
You can increase your exercise really easily by thinking differently. Walk to school instead of getting a lift, walk the long way home, or meet a friend to go swimming or trampolining.
A young carer is someone who looks after another person. Caring for someone might involve things you do every day, like cooking and cleaning. You might also have to do much more if your family member can't do some things themselves.
Drinking alcohol as a young person can affect the normal development of your vital organs and functions, including the brain, liver, bones and hormones. This is one of the reasons it’s illegal to buy alcohol under the age of 18.
Whether legal or illegal, taking any kind of drugs that a nurse or doctor hasn’t given you carries huge risks. You will never know how your body is going to react – all drugs are different and have different effects on your body.
There are over 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette. Smoking 1 cigarette can take 11 minutes of your life – that’s 14 days gone from smoking only 5 cigarettes a day over 1 year!
You might hear many young people saying they are having sex, but the actual number of under 16s having sex is fairly low. Sometimes it's easier to pretend to your friends. It's OK to say no at any time!
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when young people under 18 are forced or manipulated into performing or taking part in sexual activities for which they or someone else receives some sort of benefit. This could be food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, money or affection.
Young people under the age of 18 and in full-time education can get a free eye test. Can you see what’s written on the interactive board when sat at the back in your classroom?
Immunisation means that dangerous diseases, such as polio, have disappeared in the UK. But these diseases could come back – they’re still around in many countries throughout the world. That’s why it’s so important to get protected.
You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day, too.
If you need further advice, you can text your Public Health Nurse (school nurse) on 07520 615 386 (Leicester City) or 07520 615 387 (Leicestershire and Rutland).
If you want any advice on health issues, and maybe feel too embarrassed to ask, then why not send a text? ChatHealth is a safe, secure, confidential text messaging service, which enables you to get professional advice from an NHS Public Health Nurse.
You can also talk to someone in school you trust or your parent/carer. You can also access online counselling at www.kooth.com
Love your body, love yourself, #lovehealth