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Young people aged 11 to 18 living in Gloucestershire can now access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online mental wellbeing platform at www.kooth.com. Kooth is designed for young people experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as anxiety, low mood or stress.

Counselling can be accessed through a drop-in service or booked sessions; there is no referral needed from a health professional, no waiting lists, and no criteria to meet to get support.

As well as the option of online counselling, there is an online support network where young people can join friendly discussion boards to connect with others having similar experiences. They can access journals, goal trackers, and self-help articles with the option to contribute their own experiences or advice.

 

April 2021 Update 

Please find below, links to relevant resources that you can download from our digital resource hub (GUIDE HERE)

Stress Awareness Month – CLICK HERE

Why not try our mini activities with your young people, a brochure can be found HERE

Back to school resources are available in various formats including for social media HERE

Kooth FAQs for young people can be found HERE

 

Please remember that our #DontDoItAlone campaign is continuing to run until August.

Details on how to easily share the video can be found here.

 

Upcoming content on the website includes:

Writing a Letter to Your Younger Self Series - part 1

Autism in the Media

Kooth Review: Soul (Disney Pixar)

The Road out of Lockdown Part 2

The Stress of Expectations

The Journey to Coming Out

 

Also make sure to check out our latest Kooth podcasts on Spotify or Apple Podcasts:

How to Catch More Zzzz

Overthinkers Anonymous

 

Kooth can offer virtual, staff refresher sessions and provide virtual or recorded presentations for young people. 

If you would like to book virtual support, please do get in touch rpotter@kooth.com.

 

May 2021 Update

Please find below, links to relevant resources for this month that you can download from our digital resource hub (GUIDE HERE)

Mental Health Awareness Month – CLICK HERE 

Eid posters – CLICK HERE 

Why not try our mini activities with your young people, a brochure can be found HERE

 

Please remember that our #DontDoItAlone campaign is continuing to run until August.

Details on how to easily share the video, lesson plans and other information can be found HERE.  You can also find a guide to talking to young people about mental health in these resources.

 

Content on the website this month includes:

How To: Reach Out

The Importance of Kindness

Amazing Women and Girls in Sport

OCD Awareness: Myths and Facts

 

Also make sure to check out our latest Kooth podcasts on Spotify or Apple Podcasts:

Things We Wished We’d Known About Coming Out

The Road Out of Lockdown Part 2

The Pressure of Expectations

 

The upcoming Live Forums on Kooth during May for young people to access through the Kooth.com website are detailed below:

Live forums can be found in the discussion boards on the website and start at 7.30pm on the evening they are planned. They are moderated in real time until 9.00pm.

Monday 10th May - Safety on the Streets

As part of our Crime Time series, this live forum will consider ways to be more aware and stay safe on the streets. Since street crime is often opportunistic, we will work together to think of practical ways of staying safe including who to contact if you don’t feel safe when you’re out and about!

Friday 21st May – Making Friends & Connecting with Others

In this Live Forum, we will be talking all about making friends and connecting with others! We are going to be sharing how we have made friends in the past, how we like to connect with friends, close family members and trusted adults. The benefits we feel from connecting with people and making friendships. Also, ideas and advice about how to make new friends, when we may wish to! Everyone is always welcome to join us and please do feel this is a safe space to form friendships and connect with the other fab users on Kooth who attend!"

Wednesday 26th May – Building Self Esteem & Confidence

Often confidence and self-esteem are thought of as the same thing, but are they? This live forum will explore the crucial differences, why it is important we work on our confidence and self-esteem and finally some useful strategies we can try to help boost ourselves!

 

Please also remember that Qwell.io is available for anyone 18+ to access across Gloucestershire with relevant articles, forums and support.

How to sign up to Qwell can be found HERE

Qwell FAQs can be found HERE

 

If you would like to book a virtual presentation, please get in touch with me rpotter@kooth.com.