Kooth support for young people’s mental health

Wednesday, 15 April, 2020

Kooth is a new free, safe and anonymous service to support young people’s emotional and mental health in Birmingham. We know young people have been worried about exams being cancelled and the impact of Covid-19 on their loved ones. The new service launched for young people aged 11 to 25 on Monday 13 April 2020 for online self-referral at www.kooth.com.

Kooth is linked into the wider mental health support from Forward Thinking Birmingham and offers:

  • Online mental health counselling and chat services from midday to 10pm during the week, and 6pm to 10pm at weekends
  • Peer to peer support through moderated discussion forums
  • Self-care tools and resources to build resilience
  • Early response to and identification of emotional wellbeing and mental health problems
  • And there are no waiting lists, referrals or thresholds to access the service

Please include these details in your comms and support to young people, as appropriate.

Councillor Kate Booth, Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing said: “The Council is working tirelessly with partners to put the right support in place for children, young people and their families. I’m grateful to Kooth for their quick response so young people can get the mental health help they need now. This is part of a package of support we are establishing in each neighbourhood to help families and their communities to get through this troubling time.

“The council is working tirelessly with partners to put the right support in place for children, young people and their families. I’m grateful to Kooth for their quick response so young people can get the mental health help they need now. This is part of a package of support we are establishing in each neighbourhood to help families and their communities to get through this troubling time.”

The Kooth service is funded by Birmingham City Council, and contracted by Birmingham and Solihull CCG. This is part of the Birmingham Children’s Partnership response to Covid-19 for our vulnerable families.

Full press release https://xenzone.com/kooth-to-offer-online-mental-health-support-to-250k-young-people-across-birmingham-during-coronavirus-outbreak-and-beyond/