“It is important for us to offer our young people emotional support especially during these unprecedented times,” said Cllr UllaKarin Clark, executive member for children’s services and Conservative Councillor for Emmbrook ward.
“There are no referrals, thresholds or waiting lists and young people can access this service anonymously by signing onto the Kooth website. This service will reduce waiting times for young people seeking help while helping to remove the stigma around mental health and accessing services.”
It’s available for 11-18 year-old years, seven days a week, from 12 noon to 10pm week nights and from 6pm-10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The website provides a unique out of office hours’ provision.
As well as the counselling (which is accredited by The British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling), Kooth also offers moderated forums and self-help articles to provide peer led and self-help support.
Working in partnership with the NHS, WBC is reaching out to young people across the borough to offer them emotional support through digital counselling from a professional team of qualified counsellors, therapists and support workers who provide guided, outcome-focused help for each individual.