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App helps hundreds of children in Bucks

App helps hundreds of children in Bucks

Published by Mix96 News at 3:35pm 2nd December 2019.

Since an app launched in Buckinghamshire last year it's helped hundreds of children with mental health disorders.

The online mental health service, called Kooth, is available on your mobile, tablet and desktop and provides counselling and an online chat platform for children and young people.

The free, safe and anonymous online support allows access to the chat sessions where people can talk to each other and professionals.

Figures from the first year to October show:

  • 1818 young people registered with 498 in chat
  • 910 Chat sessions
  • 884 Young people messaging with 4414 messages exchanged
  • 2837 article read by 709 young people
  • 9680 forum posts by 722 young people

Figures also showed that 69% of activity through the service happens after 5pm and at the weekends.

Sue Hadwin from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) told us why that is:

"That's when young people are available and that when their free to talk or you're sat in your bedroom in the evening, had a bit of a rubbish day and feel the need that it would help to talk to somebody and Kooth gives young people the opportunity to do that at a time that suits them."

Figures from CAHMS show there is an estimated 9080 children and young people in Buckinghamshire with a diagnosable mental health disorder. 

There has also been an upward trend in mental health disorders in 5 to 15 year olds.

If you're struggling or know someone who is you can find out more about the service Kooth provide here.

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