Good afternoon all,
The closure of schools and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a whole has the potential to be an anxious and uncertain time for children, young people, parents and carers. It is therefore important to notify you of the option to access free online counselling to support mental health and wellbeing. Requiring no referral, the Kooth and Qwell services are available to everyone in Derbyshire to provide access to counselling support from 12-10pm on weekdays and 6pm-10pm on weekends, as well as 24/7 access to online forums where concerns can be shared and discussed. The Kooth service is for children and young people aged 11-18, up to 25 for children in care, and the Qwell service is for parents and carers whose children are aged under 18.
Another useful site for young people and parents who may be struggling during this difficult time is YoungMinds. They are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.
Take care and stay safe,
Landau Forte Safeguarding Team