Online mental health counselling and well-being service for children and young people.
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people available free at the point of use when commissioned in their area. As an early intervention solution, Kooth helps to reduce waiting times for young people seeking help while removing the stigma associated with accessing mental health support.
One in 10 children and young people (aged 5-16) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% have not sought appropriate interventions¹. Kooth offers an early intervention solution for young people accessing support, by providing a safe, confidential and anonymous service available through any connected device.
Young people can log on to Kooth through their smart phone, tablet or computer to access BACP accredited counsellors online up to 10pm, 365 days a year. Young people can also read self-help materials co-produced by other young people, join live moderated peer-to-peer support forums and access a goal-based journal. Our team of accredited counsellors, therapists and support workers provide guided and outcome-focused support for each individual.
As a self-referral service, Kooth offers young people the choice and autonomy they need, while providing an easy route to face-to-face counselling and other services. We are continuously collaborating with local authorities, CCGs, foundation trusts, charities and other organisations to provide an early intervention solution with clear escalation and de-escalation pathways.
¹The Children’s Society (2008) The Good Childhood Inquiry: health research evidence. London: Children’s Society
Kooth is offered as a digital only service with pathways into local face-to-face services, and also as a blended service where face-to-face counselling is delivered by XenZone counsellors and therapists. Kooth offers a range of interventions dependent up on the complexity of presenting need. This includes information and advice through peer-to-peer support, self-help resources, drop-in counselling sessions, regular structured counselling and liaising with other services.
We work closely with commissioners and partners to ensure digital support is part of a whole system transformation. We understand the need for an integrated and robust set of services with a single point of entry, clearly defined and well-trodden pathways between services and strong links to CAMHS.
Our Clinical Director leads the clinical team. All counsellors are employed by XenZone, are members of the BACP, UKCP or registered with HPC and must have at least three years’ post-qualification experience. They receive clinical supervision both internally and externally and work under strict governance procedures.
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The number of students seeking counselling support at university has increased by 50% in the last five years. Student Well-being Services are under increased pressure as demand for support from students grows.
Kooth Student seamlessly integrates into existing Student Wellbeing Services, helping to alleviate pressure off face-to-face services by offering an easily accessible, early intervention solution. It is also a suitable platform for hard to reach students seeking support and who may not feel comfortable talking to a counsellor face-to-face. An Integration & Participation lead works with student councils and ambassadors to encourage student engagement and participation. Universities also receive a dedicated strategic service lead to ensure Kooth Student achieves the university’s goals for student mental health and well-being.
Read our Kooth Student brochure.
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