Support for young people in the summer

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Even though many young people in south east London are experiencing the school and college holidays, mental health support is still available for them during the summer months.

NHS South East London CCG wants young people to know that they can receive support from Kooth – the UK’s leading provider of digital mental health support for young people. Anyone from the ages of 10 to 25 can access mental wellbeing support via Kooth – a free and anonymous online mental health and emotional wellbeing service.

Dr Nancy Kuchemann, GP and Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s easy to assume that summer represents freedom and fun for many young people, but that’s often not the case.

“Some will be making a transition to different schools, while others will be worrying about exam results or making huge decisions that will affect their future.” 

Dr Kuchemann added: “And for many young people, home life isn’t always ideal, with many having to deal with family pressures that can add to stress and anxiety. But through Kooth, help is available for young people in south east London, and there’s no need to suffer in silence.”

Kooth is open to all young people in south east London, and they can access free counselling sessions from qualified practitioners via an online chat-based platform.

Chats can either be accessed through a drop-in service or pre-booked sessions from any connected device. The site is open 24 hours a day and one-to-one counselling sessions with a member of the Kooth team are available from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends.

Kooth is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is available online, offering free and safe access to self-help materials, mood-tracking, online journal and goal setting tools and a moderated online community of peers.

Young people can also contribute to the Kooth magazine and share their experiences or take part in moderated online peer-to-peer forums. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity.

The service complements existing mental health support that exists in south London, delivered by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, and the local voluntary sector. This transformational digital mental health support service gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.  Young people and their parents and guardians can view a short video below about the service.