London, UK, May 4th 2021: Cwm Taf Morgannwg has commissioned Kooth to provide a digital counselling and support service for children and young people aged 11 to 18 years old. 

Kooth is an award winning and innovative online mental health and wellbeing support service, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It was selected by Cwm Taf Morgannwg as it offers a safe and confidential way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health support. The service will be available to those aged 11 to 18 years across Cwm Taf Morgannwg from 26th April.  Kooth will deliver digital self-help resources and online counselling to further extend the local offer.

Users will have access to one-to-one, anonymous counselling sessions with fully trained and qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners, 365 days a year. The sessions will run from midday to 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm to 10pm at weekends and can be booked in advance or accessed as a drop-in instant text-based chats. 

When it comes to mental health and wellbeing, peer-to-peer support is vital for children and young people. Kooth’s pre-moderated discussion forums offer a safe space for members to share their experiences and an opportunity to ask questions. Running alongside this is 24/7 access to invaluable self-help magazine style content. Written by the Kooth team and including submission from young members, the articles discuss personal experiences and offer helpful tips aimed at supporting members with their mental health and wellbeing.

Dr. Antonio Munoz-Solomando commented: “Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is proud to announce the launch of Kooth in our locality. Kooth is an Online mental health and wellbeing service aimed at supporting young people between 11 to 18 years of age. Kooth is a Self-referral service that has no waiting lists and/or specific access criteria. Kooth has been commissioned by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to provide counselling and emotional wellbeing interventions for young people in the Health Board area. Kooth is easy to access and comes with the full accreditation of BACP.

Kooth holds strong values that are at the heart of everything they do. They work alongside young people in a flexible and compassionate manner. They are committed no matter what to support young people’s needs, providing a safe space for them always ensuring their safety.”

Dr Lynne Green, Chief Clinical Officer at Kooth Plc added: “The impact of a global pandemic has led to a fundamental change in the daily lives and routines of all generations. But as the UK cautiously comes out of lockdown the wellbeing and mental health of our children and young people must be at the top of the agenda. We are experiencing an increase in the need for our services as young people try to adapt and manage the anxiety surrounding the new normal – from disruption in education, work, social and personal lives continues.We are delighted to be working closely with the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to ensure 11 to 18 years olds are able to access free, anonymous mental health support, whenever and wherever it is needed.”