Category Archives: Blogs

Understanding the Impact of Social Media on Young People

As a counsellor and a father I see the capacity of social media as a constant forum for judgement. My concern is how ready our young people are to face it and what impact it is already having on developing minds. That’s not to say that social media is inherently bad – far from it. […]

How Technology is Extending the NHS Workforce

According to a report from the National Audit Office this week, mental health services for children will not meet demand. In fact, in March, it found local areas planned to recruit only 3,410 NHS staff by 2020-21 meaning that to meet the Government targets, a quarter of new posts would need to come from outside […]

Suicide: Is Support Available?

Today the Government announced the appointment of a new Minister of Suicide Prevention and funding for the Samaritans. Having the “world’s first minister for suicide prevention” is a progressive and welcome step and something that has been needed for some time. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, but also […]

Long-Term Planning for Better Long-Term Mental Health

Following the Government’s recent NHS funding commitment, many of us in mental health professions are considering the priorities we should be working to over the next ten years. Conversations are ongoing in efforts to make sure we can provide the right care for everyone who needs it. One of the areas generating a lot of […]

Investigating Adolescent Mental Health Literacy

Parity of Esteem, translated as giving equality of value between mental health and physical health, became a legal responsibility of the NHS in the Social Care Act 2012. This was acknowledged by the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health through the introduction of waiting time standards and a push for early intervention for those […]

A Counsellors Guide to Exam Results

As exam results day approaches, it can be hard to know how to prepare for the grades you get: it may seem that your whole future is sealed within that envelope. Whether the outcome is what you hoped for or not, you will learn something from your results regardless of what grades you achieved. Kooth […]

Innovating Peer-to-Peer Support

Mental health is complex and critical. As well as tackling the stigma associated with talking about it and seeking help, there is the spectre of unmet demand which we know can lead to unnecessary suffering as issues escalate and require more intensive and expensive treatment. If we are serious about tackling mental health for everyone […]

Helping Children and Young People to THRIVE

The introduction of the THRIVE model from the Anna Freud Centre in 2014 changed a lot of perspectives. Supporting children and young people’s mental health since then has evolved – in my opinion, for the better. The tiered system of mental health care, which saw support being given along a linear path with one point […]

Why We Need To Go Boldly Where Young People Already Are

It would be obvious to point to a generational divide when looking at how we use the internet. We know that young people’s lives are fluid: online or offline, the picture is blurred as to become almost irrelevant. It is just the means by which they get information, present themselves or communicate. It’s not important. […]

Universities: Hiring more counsellors is not the answer

This may seem like a controversial statement. After all, aren’t we all aware of the rise in mental health issues among students across the UK? Haven’t we read about students being unable to access vital mental health support services while studying? The point Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, […]

Understanding Behaviour is the Key to Reducing School Exclusions

If I was in a job where I felt I was being left behind while colleagues around me were promoted and praised, I’m not sure how motivated I’d be. And if my boss was constantly pressuring me to improve and applied non-negotiable sanctions for my perceived lack of performance, I would probably leave. If I […]

A Therapist’s Guide to Managing Exam Stress

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Kooth Counsellor Neil Garrity offers some invaluable advice to help with anxiety and stress this exam season… Click the headings below if you wish to skip straight to that topic: Revision and exam stress Support from school or college Anxiety and food Managing stress levels Mindful breathing exercise Exam and […]