Children and Young People's mental health
The first of the new services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is already up and running and has been well-received.
Kooth is an online counselling service which is free to use for young people aged 11 to 19, and up to age 24 for those with a learning disability.
Between April and June 2017, 462 local young people accessed Kooth, with nine out of ten saying they would recommend the service to their friends.
Kooth offers self-help tools including a live forum, peer support groups and an online journal facility, which provides a space for day to day reflection on events and feelings. Young people can also access messaging and live, one-to-one chat with trained counsellors. Patients can self-refer to the service, by registering online with basic details, including the area they live in.
Further help and information is available from the following organisations:
- Action for Children
- Young Minds
- Winston's Wish - Giving hope for grieving children
- Child Bereavement UK
- Grief Encounter - Helping children through bereavement, including support on how to tell children someone has died from coronavirus and how to say goodbye, when attending a funeral isn’t possible.