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Kooth October Newsletter


As we head into the colder days and darker nights it is always nice to know that support is out there should we need it. The winter months can always be a little more challenging for all of us and we want you to know will be here throughout to support our Young People across the region. is available to support Young People aged 11-18 across Tees Valley , with whatever they may need. The Kooth website is available 24/7, 365 days of the year, giving Young People access to articles, discussion boards, peer to peer support and self-help activities alongside the opportunity to contribute by sharing your own experiences within the community. You can also speak, via a text based chat, with one of our online counsellors or emotional wellbeing practitioners between 12 noon and 10pm Monday-Friday and between 6pm and 10pm on Saturday and Sunday .

Please see below our ‘What’s on Kooth in October?’ resource which highlights some of the discussion boards and live forums that can be accessed on the site during the month of October. If you wish to use or share this resource please find a number of versions of it here

Hate Crime Awareness

Hate Crime Awareness Week was initially founded as a Facebook group in March 2009 by Mark Healey and Ryan Parkins to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

It has since evolved into a small charity called ‘17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign’ registered with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

The 17-24-30 takes its name from the dates of the three attacks; 17th April, 24th April and 30th April.

Next National Hate Crime Awareness Week is 9th-16th October 2021.

Action for Happiness September

This month is all about being kinder to ourselves as well as others. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s essential for us to accept who we are (including our mistakes!) and to make time to take care of our mind and body.

Our Self-Care September calendar is full of ideas to help you be as kind to yourself as you would be to a loved one. Please share it with others too!



Mental Health Support Team – Darlington

Early intervention team for children and young people (CYP) in schools who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties.

The Darlington mental health support team (MHST) provide early intervention for children and young people (CYP) in schools who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties. We also work with staff within schools to help provide a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing and act as a link between schools and local CYP mental health services.

Click here to find out more about the team and contact details

The Dalai Lama reminds us how to be happy

We’re celebrating 10 years of Action for Happiness!

Our patron The Dalai Lama joined us for a special anniversary celebration. He offered his thanks to us all and shared his wisdom on inner peace, warm-heartedness, coping with grief, overcoming division, staying hopeful and more.

Coming up: Altruistic August

As the Dalai Lama explained to us, being kind and warm-hearted is the secret to a happier life and a better world for everyone. Our Altruistic August calendar is full of ideas for how to give something of yourself to help others each day. Please share it too!

Kooth August Newsletter

This year’s school Summer holidays are now in full flow and we want you to know that will be available throughout to support young people in your area, the age range for 11-18.

For our August Kooth update, our focus is on making sure we are there to continue to provide support throughout the Summer, we have some specific Kooth resources related to this here, in addition to this is we are celebrating International Youth Day -(12th August)

#happyinternationalyouthday #internationalyouthday

Please see below our ‘What’s on Kooth in August ?‘ resource which highlights some of the discussion boards and live forums that can be accessed on the site during the month of August. If you wish to use or share this resource please find it here.

Other interesting things to look out for on Kooth this month are:
Interesting Articles

  • Safe Ways to Socialise on a Budget
  • Personal statements – top tips
  • News desk – exam results stress/results day info

Also make sure to check out our latest Kooth podcasts…

  • Guided Meditation: Creating Your own Safe Space
  • Pop culture and wellbeing
  • Celebrating friendships

(these are available on both Spotify and Apple Music)

At Kooth we would love to hear from young males about their views on emotional wellbeing and what potential barriers may prevent them from reaching out to access wellbeing support.

For this reason we have developed a survey to hear the voices of young males, which we kindly request you share with any young males you work with. This survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to fill out.

There are two versions of this survey, one for 10-16 yr olds, and a 16+ version:



We are hopeful that any insights we can gain from responses to this survey will help shape our future approach to engaging young boys and men to access mental health and wellbeing support over at Kooth.

Don’t Do It Alone Update

Lastly, it’s worth noting that our Don’t Do It Alone campaign will officially come to an end on the 31st of July. This means that we are unable to repost the campaign videos or advertise the campaign any further.

Please find here a link to our Kooth sign up guide should you wish to support any young people with gaining access to our online community.

In addition to all of the above information, as ever, you can view and download our full range of digital resources on Swivle along with a guide on how to actually use Swivle, here.

Our virtual offer of staff training, YPs Presentations and school assemblies still stands and I continue to receive requests for these. If you are interested in booking virtual support, please do get in touch with me by replying to this email or complete the booking form here.

Thank you for your continued support and if there is anything further I can help you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Take care and stay safe


Useful Links

Guide for parents who are coping with their child’s self-harm

Self-harm is very common in young people, with 10-15% of young people in the UK reporting that they self-harm. It can leave families confused, anxious and feeling like there’s nowhere to turn.  Now, based on in-depth research with parents, a team from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry are launching a guide to help parents and carers who are trying to cope with this difficult situation.

Download the guide here.



PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.


Beat Eating Disorders

The Sanctuary is an online chat group created specifically in response to coronavirus and the anxieties this could lead to for people with an eating disorder. It is a safe, online space for people with an eating disorder to share concerns and advice on how they are coping with the pandemic.

Eating disorders thrive in isolation, so it is important to stay connected and support each other through this.

Every Mind Matters Self Care Tool

What’s this for?

Now, at a time when you are busy supporting your pupils and their families through this challenging period, it’s important that you look after your own wellbeing.

Our mental health campaign Every Mind Matters offers a free online action plan, approved by the NHS, that offers simple steps we can all take to care for our mental health. The tool can help to deal with stress and anxiety, boost mood, improve sleep quality and take control of our wellbeing.

Whilst you care for others, why not also create your own self-care action plan?


Every Mind Matters

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. And remember, mind and body go hand in hand – visit Better Health for lots of free tools and support to help you kickstart your physical health too.

SafeSpot …is a helpful app and website that aims to provide young people with access to coping strategies and resources.

SafeSpot is designed to help you through tough spots
SafeSpot gives you your own personalized coping plan, useful strategies and tools to help and directions to local resources to help you — all at your fingertips.

SafeSpot has 3 aspects:

1. The Quirky and Cool SafeSpot App
2. SafeSpot website
3. SafeSpot Curriculum

Calm Harm

Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change. You can download our guide to using the app during Covid-19 here.

Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.

Student Space

Student Space has a range of information, advice, services and tools to support you from Friendships and Social Life to Lockdown and Self-Isolation, read more to see how it can help you.

How to access:
You can get 24/7 free, confidential and anonymous support from a trained volunteer. Whether you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, loneliness or relationship issues, Student Space staff are there to listen and support through a variety of ways;



CAMHS (Crisis and Liaison team) 

The crisis and liaison team provide mental health support to young people (up to the age of 18) who are experiencing a crisis with their mental health.

In a mental health emergency you can contact your local CAMHS crisis and liaison team using the number below.

Telephone: 0800 0516 171 (this number is free to call)

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Listening Post

The Listening Post was established in 2017 as a distinct project of DACYM (Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry). The Listening Post is a listening and mentoring project that seeks to help young people with low level mental health and well-being issues in order to prevent them escalating into something more long-lasting.

The Listening Post

Young Minds

Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find. Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health.


Young people can experience a range of mental health problems. Childhood and teenage years are a time when you are usually changing rapidly and developing all the time. You also often have to cope with many different situations and unfamiliar challenges like exams, relationships and the other pressures of growing up.


We’re here for you, whatever’s on your mind. We’ll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspirations, can help you feel more in control. You can access them in your own time, at your own pace! We have many useful ways to provide help and support including free 24 hour helpline, online 1:1 counselling support, information and advice board and toolbox kits

Something’s not right

Things have been very different this year. And it’s been difficult for everyone.

You might be worried about:

  • things that have happened to you or someone else
  • not knowing where to go when you’re scared
  • being at school, your exams or the future
  • coping with your mental health.

Whatever’s happening, you don’t have to cope alone.



XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. This provides young people a counselling service online, it is available Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm and Saturday & Sunday: 6pm – 10pm.

The Mix

Online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on our moderated discussion boards and live chat room.



Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time. Like with physical illnesses, people don’t choose to have a mental health problem. And they need the appropriate care to get better. Mental illness and suicidal thoughts are common issues for young people. It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves. But we’re here to help you spot the signs and know how to support them.


Charity for the prevention of young suicide, offering confidential support and awareness training.

The Samaritans


We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

If something’s troubling you, get in touch:

Telephone our branch: 01325 465465 (local call charges apply) 01325 488679 (Recruitment Line Answer Phone)

National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Email Samaritans:

Visit our branch: Samaritans Darlington13 Woodland RoadDarlingtonCounty DurhamDL3 7BJ