Free Online Mental Health Support for Children and Young People, aged 11-19 (up to 19th birthday) in Wiltshire and Swindon.
Did you know there was an anonymous free online counselling site for children and young people in Wiltshire and Swindon? The site is www.Kooth.com. It’s a professional online counselling and emotional support service funded and commissioned by the local authority.
Kooth gives young people anonymous and timely access to qualified psychotherapists, Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) certified counsellors via any connected device, including a smartphone.
It offers year-round, live text-based chat up to 10pm every night. It also gives young people access to self-help resources, moderated forums and discussion groups. They can book scheduled chats with named counsellors and are free to read and contribute to Kooth’s online magazine.
Children and young people can live text chat confidentially about anything, from anxiety, stress and relationships to bullying, drug use and sexual health issues.
Kooth has a robust safeguarding practice to ensure it is a safe, supportive and accessible service for young people, in a non-stigmatising environment.
In Wiltshire, parent carers and young people can now ‘self-refer’ to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service using an online referrals form.
The new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) service starts on 1st April 2018 and will be delivered by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The service will be providing targeted and specialist mental health and wellbeing support to children and young people aged 0-18 years, which includes having timely access to an integrated system of co-ordinated and effective promotion, prevention, early intervention and community support and treatment.
The service will look at the referral and identify the help needed. It may also work with other organisations to get a child/ young person the help and support they require.
For the referral to be considered, the following information will be requested:
description of the mental health difficulty
how long it has been affecting the child/young person and family
impact on the child/young person/family e.g. schooling, home, friendships
significant family history/events/illness
what the child/young person would like to happen as a result of the referral
who else is involved with the child and what have they done, how well has this worked
confirmation that the referral to CAMHS has been discusses with the family/carer/child/young person to obtain consent
For emergency referrals (where a child poses an immediate danger to themselves or others) please call CAMHS directly:
The Department of Health and the Department for Education are running a consultation on its green paper on Transforming Children & Young People’s Mental Health Provision.
There is a ‘quick read’ version of the green paper that includes:
1. About the green paper
2. Plans for schools and the NHS:
A mental health lead in every school and college
Mental health support teams working with schools and colleges
Shorter waiting times
Mental health of 16 to 25 year-olds
3. Improving understanding of mental health:
Internet and social media
Researching how to support families
Researching how to prevent mental health problems
Responses are welcomed from those who have experience of mental ill-health, know someone close to them who has such experience, and from organisations. The consultation focuses on how the proposals in the green paper will be implemented. You can choose to just answer those questions you want to or those which are relevant to you. There are specific questions around how teams could work with children and young people who experience different vulnerabilities.
Wiltshire Mind provides a range of services to support anyone in Wiltshire suffering from Mental Health issues.
Please Note: Their services are primarily for adults 18+ years but their 1.1 counselling sessions are for 16+ years as they recognise there is a high demand for this vulnerable group of young people.
The Salisbury Group meet every Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm at SP2 Coffee Shop, 159-161 Fisherton St, Salisbury SP2 7RP
Services offered include:-
6 Peer Support Groups across Wiltshire
Evening Peer Support Group
Polish Counselling Service
1-1 Counselling Service
Mental Health Awareness Training for organisations and businesses
Wiltshire Mind do not receive any funding from the National charity Mind and are not commissioned to provide any services in Wiltshire. This means that every penny they need has to be raised to continue their services.
For more information please contact their offices: 01225 706532 or email