ChatHealth - new school nurse messaging service

Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing Service and Warwickshire Young People’s Substance Misuse Service have introduced a new way for young people to get advice and support about health related issues via a new nurse messaging service.

ChatHealth is an award-winning school nurse messaging service for young people aged 11-19 years, available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

This service has been highly acclaimed by the Department of Health which encourages the use of mobile and social media to improve access to healthcare – particularly for young people. ChatHealth has been awarded an Innovation Challenge Prize from NHS England and multiple other awards for innovative use of communication in healthcare and improving patient experiences.

The aim is to further improve access to healthcare for young people and to continue improving the quality and safety of the services.  Young people have helped develop the promotional material which we are using to advertise the service in schools.  The text number is 07507 331 525.

Read our information leaflet to find out more about the service, outcomes, information on safety and frequently asked questions.

For more information please contact the School Health & Wellbeing Service on 03300 245 204.

School Mental Health and Wellbeing Service - North Yorkshire is GROWING!

We'd like to share some news with you that's got us very excited here at Compass....

We are proud to announce that Compass has been entrusted to deliver a vital and innovative new service which will be of benefit to all children and young people and their families in North Yorkshire.

There's been a lot written in the media recently about the emerging mental health and wellbeing needs of children and young people. In 2015 a government document called 'Future in Mind' was published which described a commitment to transform services that work with children and young people by 2020, and we are delighted to be at the forefront of these plans which are being implemented in North Yorkshire from April 2017.

The North Yorkshire School Mental Health and Wellbeing project will support schools to develop a whole school approach to positive mental health by delivering tiered training to school staff and key partners, followed up by expert professional consultation, coaching and mentoring to education staff on the use of brief interventions and targeted group work. The service will also work with individual children and young people who are experiencing low level anxiety/depression and/or are at risk of experiencing mental illness by providing evidenced based brief interventions on a one-to-one and group work basis to build their resilience, learn new ways of coping and support referrals to specialist services where necessary.

We will be employing a new team of experienced, passionate and highly skilled wellbeing workers to deliver this service in close collaboration with key partners from the Prevention Service, Healthy Child Team, specialist CAMHS and of course, our very own team of Young People's Nurses from the Compass REACH service.

We look forward to bringing you further updates on this service, in the meantime should you have any questions, feedback or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact the Service Manager, Lisa Gale, by emailing her at


Let's Talk About......

Compass, Healthwatch and Milton Keynes Council are together running a campaign to raise awareness of alcohol and drug issues amongst young people in Milton Keynes and to promote the young people’s support services offered by Compass. The campaign web page contains key messages around alcohol and cannabis use, New Psychoactive Substances, the support Compass can offer and some tips for talking to young people about alcohol and drugs. Please visit the campaign webpage …


Please do share this link with you team, friends and family.


Compass joins the Samaritans to help prevent suicide

Samaritans Goes to TOWN on Wellbeing to Mark World Suicide Prevention Day


Harrow Town Centre will be hosting a Samaritans roadshow event on Saturday 10 September, World Suicide Prevention Day.  The initiative, which has the backing of Harrow Council, features Samaritans’ mobile listening centre and is planned to take place at the end of St Johns Road, opposite Debenhams Department Store from 10am.   

The aim of the event is to promote wellbeing and the range of support services available locally.  Among the other organisations setting up stall for the day are:  Men in Sheds, Support and Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH), Mind in Harrow, Harrow Talking Therapies and Compass Harrow.

Samaritans volunteers and supporting charities alike will be handing out a specially produced leaflet, or ‘NSPA Smart Card’, at the roadshow to encourage help seeking behaviour, particularly amongst men.  The cards are also being distributed across the country through the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) as part of a co-ordinated campaign, amplifying the success of the recent online initiative, #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

Director of Harrow Samaritans, Jane Reeve said: “We’re pleased to play host to such a diverse range of local charities on a day when all members of the NSPA are raising awareness of an acutely important cause because suicide is everyone’s business.   I’d like to issue a call to anyone who’s going through a tough time to come and see us at the roadshow, because we listen.”

Anyone can contact Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call for free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email, or visit to find details of your nearest branch.

Celebrating the Queen's birthday in Milton Keynes

Compass Milton Keynes Young People's service joined the Fullers Slade Resident's Association on Saturday 11th June.

Maja Dunn, FRSA Secretary said

"The Fullers Slade Residents Association would like to thank you very much for your contribution to the success of our Big Lunch and Queen's 90th Birthday Party.

The sun shone and it was a great success, bringing the community closer together.   One resident commented afterwards that the Big Lunch Party had made her and her children's day: the community coming together like that was giving her something to live for again.

I hope you had some fruitful enquiries!

Many thanks again!"