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Darlington students send positive message through hate crime vodcast

Longfield Academy students, left to right: Kaitlin Meikle, Holly Rutherford, Jess Wood, and Ellie Rush with their letters of commendation. Picture: Heather Barron

Four students have received letters of commendation for their part in a town-wide vodcast to raise awareness of hate crimes.

The group were invited to join a live vodcast being produced by Martin Webster, Workforce Development Manager with Darlington Borough Council, during Hate Crime Week in October.

Please click here to read the full article.

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


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