Children and young people in Hertfordshire can now get free online emotional and mental health support using a website called Kooth.com.
Anyone aged between 10 and 25 and registered with a Hertfordshire GP surgery, can sign up, choose an avatar (an online character) to represent them anonymously and have an online chat with a counsellor or therapist.
Kooth’s fully trained and qualified counsellors can help with lots of different problems, including family problems, eating disorders, loneliness, bullying, anxiety and depression, and are available until 10pm, 365 days a year.
Hertfordshire’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups and county council have commissioned the service which is available in 28 regions across the UK, delivering more than 8,000 counselling sessions each year.
Visit Kooth.com for more information.