The Kooth online counselling service is now available for children and young people in Buckinghamshire.
Oxford Health NHS FT, Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire CCG have commissioned XenZone, provider of online counselling services, to give children and young people access to professional mental health counsellors via the website.
Young people aged 11 to 19 can register anonymously on the Kooth site, giving them access to drop-in or booked online chats with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy certified counsellors, psychotherapists and emotional wellbeing practitioners.
Those using the service are encouraged to identify goals and monitor progress with their counsellor. The Kooth site is accessible at any time, via any connected device, helping to eliminate the stigma often associated with asking for help.
The online counselling team is available between midday and 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm at weekends.
Kooth offers moderated peer to peer support, forums, self-help materials, discussion groups and a mood journal, where young people can record their thoughts and feelings. They can also read and contribute to the Kooth online magazine.