Category Archives: Blogs

A Thousand Ways to Therapy

Therapy is constantly evolving. It has blossomed far beyond the four walls of a psychotherapy consulting room, embracing new ways to access support, new approaches, and developing new strands of integrative therapeutic interventions. With this array of therapies delivered in person, over the phone, online or via email, surely there’s a high chance of finding […]

Response to NHS Mental Health in Children and Young People Prevalence Survey

Thirteen years is a long time. The long wait for fresh NHS data on the mental health of children and young people in England prompted much speculation. There were concerns that the new survey would show a significant increase in poor mental health, largely as a result of social media, which has grown wildly in […]

Accessible Support for the UK’s Carers

In the UK, one in every ten people is a carer. That’s seven million people, which is set to rise to around 10 million by 2030. Being a carer takes many forms and doesn’t always come from a care home or the NHS. Care can be provided by relatives, friends and neighbours and is often […]

Male Mental Health: Toxic messages start early

Imagine a playground full of children. Now imagine a young girl trips up and grazes her knee. Not an untypical scene, perhaps. The girl might cry. She will probably be looked after by her friends; a teacher might cuddle and reassure her until she feels better. If that child was male, however, it wouldn’t be […]

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 […]