Students Welcome Online Support Service

Elle Gilkison from KOOTH, an online counselling and well-being platform for young people, is pictured with Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students, (l-r) Bethany Airey, Hannah Adegbite, Ryan Brown and Chloe O'Bee.

An online mental health support service offering guidance to students who feel under pressure to achieve has been welcomed by Sixth Form College students.

Elle Gilkison from KOOTH - an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people - gave a talk about the service to Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students.

She said: "KOOTH is a digital mental health support service. It gives young people access to a community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. I talked to Tollbar students today about the KOOTH service and about mental health. Pressure on students to achieve is huge at the moment. Social media can make issues worse. We hope to equip students and tell them it's ok to ask for help."

Student Bethany Airey said: "It is a really good service. I like that it's all online. It's more open and gives you confidence. There is no waiting list, so no anxiety. Also it's great that it's anonymous."

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Principal

Caroline L Yates BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson