Young people in Dorset will have improved access to mental health services through a new online resource which has been commissioned by local health and care organisations.
The online service – Kooth – will give young people between the ages of 11 and 18 (up to 19th birthday) unlimited access to professional online counsellors along with moderated forums, self-help materials and a mood journal, where they can record their thoughts and feelings. Young people are encouraged to identify their own goals and monitor progress with their counsellor, charting movement as progress is achieved. The Kooth site is accessible at any time, via any connected device, helping to eliminate the stigma often associated with asking for help.
Kooth has been commissioned by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dorset Healthcare, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole.
Public Health Dorset’s Head of Programmes Jo Wilson said:
“We know that around one in ten young people are experiencing mental health issues. It’s important that those who need help, can get the support when and where they need it.
Young people have been telling us they want to be able to access advice on the go, so it’s great we’ve now got ‘Kooth’, that they can use from any device connected to the internet.”
The Kooth service can be accessed at www.kooth.com.