Country Correspondent: Marianne Storm
Tale Maria Krohn Engvik worked as a health nurse at upper secondary schools in Oslo but felt that she was not available enough to her students. To better connect with them, she created the @Helsesista (health sister) user profile on Snapchat. Her profile quickly became popular across the country, and her daily Snapchat stories now reach some 130,000 youths. Her followers send questions about sexuality, mental health concerns, or family issues. Engvik says she aims to communicate with youth in their own language and give hope to those experiencing mental health crises. Helsesista is now colloquially known as ”Norway’s school health nurse” and Engvik has received several national awards. Recently, Engvik landed a book deal and was given her own television show.