'KOOTH' - NEW ONLINE COUNSELLING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
New online counselling service for Norfolk and Waveney’s young people
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has commissioned a counselling and emotional wellbeing support service to help young people through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Called Kooth, the free website offers 11 to 25-year-olds across Norfolk and Waveney access to online counselling delivered by qualified counsellors 365 days a year, either on a drop-in basis or through bookable chat sessions. It also gives young people the chance to benefit from peer support and a wide range of self-help materials, as well as contribute to moderated forums. It has worked well in Suffolk since it started in 2019.
Young people can use the website to seek support or advice on any topic they wish, from managing their feelings during the pandemic or coping with exam stress or bullying to seeking help for an eating disorder, dealing with suicidal thoughts or handling sexual abuse. They can also track their mood with a goal tracker, as well as note their thoughts in an online journal.