What is Kooth?
Kooth is a free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people. When you sign up you can choose an avatar, which helps to keep you safe and anonymous. You can have a "drop-in" chat with a counsellor or therapist or book a one-to-one session.
Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. You can talk to other young people anonymously on the forums whenever you like, and keep an online journal.
Subscribing to Kooth means you can read its online magazine and maybe even write for it. You can also use Kooth to set goals with your online counsellor or therapist and keep a record of how you are doing.
Evidence suggests that Kooth can help children and young people with a range of emotional and psychological problems.
Who is it suitable for?
Kooth is suitable for children and young people aged 11 to 19 (25 in some areas). It can help with lots of different problems, including family problems, eating disorders, loneliness, bullying, anxiety and depression.
How do I access it?
If you’d like to sign up with Kooth go to www.kooth.com and enter a user name and password. Then click on the dropdown menu to see if Kooth is available in your area.
If Kooth is available in your area, you’ll need to enter some information about yourself. None of the other young people who use Kooth will be able to see this so that you can stay safe and anonymous.
Will I have to pay?
No, Kooth is free, but it’s only available in some areas.
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