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
Please note the upcoming Live Forums on Kooth during April for young people to access through the Kooth.com website:
Live forums can be found in the discussion boards and go online at 7.30pm on the evening they are planned. They are moderated in real time until 9.00pm.
Monday 5th April – Tackling Loneliness Together.
A year has passed since we learnt the phrase “social distancing”, we have seen the impact that loneliness can have on people’s wellbeing. We’ll be spending time looking at how we can tackle loneliness together to ensure we can support others both on and offline.
Friday 16th April – Paw-sitive Powers of Pets.
In this Live Forum, we will be celebrating the positive power of our wonderful pets – whether it’s feline friends, canine pals or all things animal!!
Wednesday 21st April – Our Planet: Celebrating Earth Day.
The news might look all doom and gloom for the planet, but Earth Day 2021 is a chance to look at the potential for positive change for the future of the world.
Monday 26th April – Looking After Our Communities.
With how long it's been since we could all see each other, community might not be something you've been thinking of or it could have been high in your priorities, but as restrictions start easing we want to talk about what community means for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.