• Kooth to provide free, online counselling to Sheffield United Community Foundation participants
  • Kooth is commissioned across more than 140 NHS areas and is seeing increased demand during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Thousands of young people across the city will now have access to Kooth support

London, November 5th 2020 Sheffield United Community Foundation, the official charity of Sheffield United Football Club, has joined forces with Kooth to provide digital mental health support to their members. 

Recent data from Kooth has shown the impact Covid-19 pandemic is taking on children and young people. It is particularly concerning to note that in the past year, the number of children and young people presenting with suicidal thoughts has increased by 21%, those experiencing school and college issues have increased by 100% and those experiencing sleep difficulties have by 123%.

Thousands of young people aged between 11-24 will now be able to register to use Kooth, a free counselling and emotional wellbeing service which can be accessed by computer, smartphone or tablet, whenever they need support. Kooth users will have access to self-help articles and online tools such as mood and goal-setting trackersa and moderated peer-to-peer forums.

Kooth, a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited service, provides a safe and anonymous  environment where children and young people can chat or send messages to qualified counsellors.  Sessions are available from 12pm to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm on weekends and can be scheduled in advance or via a drop in session.  

Vicki Wilson, Sheffield United Community Foundation’s Safeguarding Manager, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion said: We are really excited to be working with Kooth, and to be able to refer our young people to a service where they can find immediate support and access to qualified counsellors – no waiting lists!  It’s so important that young people learn and develop the skills to effectively manage their emotional health, and that we normalise these conversations and seek help when it’s needed.”

Richard Chisem, Integration & Participation Worker, Kooth said: “I am delighted to be launching Kooth within the Sheffield United Community Foundation. The need for personalised digital mental health support has never been greater and to integrate Kooth into the fabric of the Foundation has been an exciting project to lead on. I hope to develop the service we offer, not only to the young people who form part of the fabric of the Club, but to all young people throughout the city.”

Dr. Lynne Green, Kooth’s Chief Clinical Officer added, “We’re so pleased to be partnering with Sheffield United Community Foundation to help support children and young people. Online mental health services like Kooth are beneficial to young people as they are anonymous and therefore free from any stigma.  We encourage all young people to seek early help on Kooth – our qualified counsellors are on hand to provide support and guidance everyday.’

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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 81% 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. 

Qwell 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.