New digital mental health service for young people

June 3rd, 2021

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System (ICS) has commissioned Kooth to provide digital counselling and support to children and young people aged between 11 and 25 years old. 

Users will be able to receive one-on-one, anonymous counselling sessions with fully trained and qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners, 365 days a year. Sessions run from midday to 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm to 10pm at weekends and can be booked in advance or accessed as a drop-in instant text-based chats. 

Children and young people will also have access to peer-to-peer support through pre-moderated discussion forums and can read and contribute to Kooth’s mental health and wellbeing magazine. Kooth can also be used to keep an online journal and track your wellbeing via an interactive goal tracker. There are no waiting lists or thresholds, so people can use the service once they have registered.

Kooth is a digital mental health and wellbeing platform that provides a safe and confidential means for young people to access online support from a team of qualified counsellors. The service, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), can be accessed using a computer, smartphone or tablet device. It was commissioned by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICS following concerns from GPs that young people didn’t meet the thresholds for specialist CAMHS services, yet still needed additional support. 

  • Young people in Hampshire, Southampton and the Isle of Wight to benefit from access to digital mental health platform Kooth
  • Kooth is available for free to 11-25 year olds, with no referrals or thresholds to meet
  • Demand for Kooth continues to grow in the wake of the pandemic – +42% in the past year 

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