Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned XenZone’s online counselling service, Kooth, to provide free and anonymous online mental health support to children and young people. The service will give 11-25 year olds access to online counselling and emotional wellbeing support, with no waiting lists or thresholds for receiving help.
Kooth provides young people with easy access to peer-to-peer support, moderated forums, goal setting and counsellor messaging from any connected device, 365 days a year. Forum topics range from eating disorders and exam stress to suicide ideation and knife crime.
Young people can also drop-in or book a one-to-one online ‘chat’ session with a trained counsellor between 12pm and 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm and 10pm at weekends.
Brent CCG aims to give young people more choice and greater access to mental health support, focussing on helping 19-25 year olds who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to access Kooth.
Dionne Greenaway, Children, Young People and Maternity Commissioner at NHS Brent CCG said: “The CCG is committed to improving access to services for all our children and young people in Brent. With a particular focus on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. This is a pivotal part of transforming services and in line with the vision of the NHS Long Term Plan”.
Kooth ia also part of Brent’s local transformation plans and early help strategy, and will work closely with other mental health organisations and specialist CAMHS services in the local area.
Elaine Bousfield, XenZone founder, said, “Mental health support should always be easily available whenever a person needs help, and allowing young people access to online support whenever they need help will prevent problems from escalating further. We look forward to supporting young people in Brent with their mental health, and encourage all young people to seek early help on Kooth”