Kooth.com provides free online counselling for young people aged 11-18 (until their 19th birthday). The counselling can be accessed until 10pm each night every day of the year and the website also provides a number of other features such as information articles, moderated live forums and email support. For a young person to access Kooth, they simply go to www.kooth.com and sign up. There is no need for a professional to make a formal referral. The service is available to young people who live in Somerset, go to school in Somerset, or are registered with a GP in Somerset.
Somerset CCG have made all GP practices aware of the new service and expect this will be a valuable service for GPs to signpost young people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety or low mood. Kooth’s Integration and Participation Worker, Jayne Archer will be working with Somerset’s schools to promote the service further.
If you would like more information, please get in contact with Jayne Archer (firstname.lastname@example.org 07946339171).