Kooth is a new free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for young people in east and west Suffolk aged 11 – 18 which launched this month. Young people in Suffolk can now access online counselling through their mobile device, 365 days a year. Experienced counsellors are available for virtual drop-in or bookable chat sessions from 12 noon until 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on weekends. As well as online counselling, Kooth offers peer-to-peer support, moderated forums with other young members of the ‘Kooth community’ and a wide range of self-help materials. Young people who use the service can seek support or advice on any topic – from coping with exam stress or bullying, seeking help for an eating disorder, dealing with suicidal thoughts or handling sexual abuse. Go to kooth.com to find out more.
Kooth has been commissioned by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, as part of the ongoing commitment to improving local mental health services as part of the Children & Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Plan. It is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service providing young people with a safe and secure means of accessing support from a professional team of qualified counsellors. Kooth is an award-winning online counselling service and is accredited by The British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP). Founded in 2001, they are leading pioneers of online counselling in the UK.
We also have a list of other organisations which can offer support to you and your family on our academy’s safeguarding page.