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The HPV vaccine has been offered free to girls in secondary schools in Scotland since 2008. High uptake of the HPV vaccine has reduced levels of cancer-causing HPV in young women in Scotland by 90%.
• From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free to protect them against HPV which can cause head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers.
• The vaccine will continue to be offered to S2 girls (and above for those who have missed.
• There is no catch up programme for boys.
• From next academic year 2020/21, every S1 and S2 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the HPV vaccination.
• If parents or carers still have questions after reading the leaflet and visiting www.nhsinform.scot/hpv, please talk to your GP or call the NHS inform helpline on 0800 22 44 88 (textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88).
o The helpline is open every day, and also provides webchat and an interpreting service called Language Line to support callers who can’t or prefer not to speak English. Visit the NHS inform website for the opening hours: www.nhsinform.scot/contact-us
It’s Children’s Mental Health Week!
Tynecastle High School is proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week [https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/], which is run by Place2Be to shine a light on children and young people’s mental health in February each year. This year’s theme is ‘Find Your Brave’.
Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself.
Life often throws challenges our way. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself.
Parents and carers play a big role in helping young people to Find Their Brave. Tap or click here [https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/parents-and-carers/] for some top tips.