• Online mental health and wellbeing service Kooth has been commissioned by Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Kooth is accessible to all 11-18s across the county, with no referrals, waiting lists or thresholds to meet
  • XenZone has seen an increased demand for digital mental health support from children and young people across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak

London, September 7th, NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have commissioned Kooth, a free, safe and anonymous mental health and wellbeing service for children and young people, in direct response to the coronavirus pandemic. Kooth is the UK’s leading digital mental health provider and is available to over five million children and young people across England. Kooth is already commissioned in Cheshire East, Vale Royal and South Cheshire so children and young people across the whole county will now have access to the service.

Kooth, a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited service, offers 11-18 year olds access to a range of online support services including one-to-one anonymous counselling sessions. Counselling sessions are available from 12pm-10pm weekdays and 6pm-10pm weekends and can be booked in advance or through a drop-in session.  Children and young people using the site will also be able to discuss issues with their peers through online discussion boards, read and contribute to self-help content and record their feelings with journals and goal trackers.

Dr Ian Hulme, GP with Meadowside Medical Centre, Congleton and CCG clinical lead for mental health, said: “Kooth is an accredited service providing expert mental health and wellbeing support to young people across Cheshire. Our investment in the service recognises that many young people have experienced isolation during lockdown and have perhaps not known where to turn for support.

“Kooth offers not only anonymous one-to-one support from counsellors but also an opportunity for young people to share their thoughts with their peers.”

Dr. Lynne Green, Chief Clinical Officer, XenZone added: “We’re really pleased to see that 11-18 year olds in Cheshire West will now be able to benefit from Kooth’s services. There has been an increase in demand for our services as children and young people struggle to adapt to loneliness and isolation under lockdown. We hope that young people  will use our service to help them with anything that is troubling them through this crisis and beyond.”

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About Kooth

 We are the UK’s leading online mental health platform. Our mission is to provide accessible and safe spaces for everyone to achieve better mental health. Our online platform is clinically robust and accredited to provide a range of therapeutic support and interventions. All our services are predicated on easy access to make early intervention and prevention a reality. 

Our three services are:

  • Kooth: for children and young persons
  • Kooth Student: for university students
  • Kooth Work: for adults

Kooth is commissioned in 77% of the NHS’s clinical commissioning group areas across the country. It is a fully safeguarded and pre-moderated community with a library of peer and professional created content, alongside access to experienced online counsellors. There are no thresholds for support and no waiting lists. Currently, Kooth sees over 4,000 logins a day. 

Kooth Student is aimed at university students and is commissioned by three UK universities. 

Kooth Work operates across distinct locations and serves specific cohorts, including parents, teachers, victims of crime and those who have suffered from or continue to experience domestic violence. It is also offered as a benefit by a number of corporate organisations delivering anonymous digital mental health support services to employees.