• Kooth to present workshop at the Thrive LDN virtual mental health day  festival
  • Agenda items to include the impact of the pandemic on children and young people and Kooth’s response to BLM
  • Recent data from Kooth shows how COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of children and young people

October 8th 2020. Kooth, the UK’s leading digital mental health provider, will be hosting a workshop at Thrive LDN’s virtual mental health day festival on Saturday 10th October. The free, online event will feature a variety of activities, workshops and performances aimed at supporting young Londoners around COVID-19 and helping to promote positive wellbeing.

Organised by the World Federation for Mental Health, World Mental Health Day calls upon people to unite in efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world.  

The Kooth team will be introducing participants to their services, discussing the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on young people’s mental health and also explaining Kooth’s response to the BLM movement. There will be a Q and A session to follow.

Recent data from Kooth has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the mental health of children and young people (CYPs) across England. There has been a threefold increase in the number of CYPs presenting with issues around sadness, a 53% increase in CYPs presenting with anxiety/stress issues and 1 in 5 CYPs are presenting with issues concerning family relationships. The data further reveals that amongst Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children and young people suicidal thoughts had increased by 26.6%, anxiety by 11.4% and depression by 9.2% compared to white children of the same age. 

Kooth, a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited service, offers 11-25 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.

Integration and Participation Worker Holly Moggridge said: “Taylor Cooper and myself are delighted to be taking part in this Thrive LDN event focussing on young people’s mental health. Our workshop will be showcasing the wonderful work of Kooth and the services it provides for young people. It’s so important for young people to have somewhere to turn during these difficult times.” 

A spokesperson for Thrive LDN, who are organising the festival, said: “We’re excited to showcase the engaging line-up of performances, panel discussions and workshops on World Mental Health Day, which are all about supporting young people to build resilience and promote positive wellbeing. We know young people are looking for safe and anonymous support right now, so we’re delighted to be partnering with Kooth for the festival’s first workshop.”

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

Qwell: 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.