Humber, Coast and Vale ICS launches online mental health support

Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has launched a new online support programme to support individuals across the area with their mental health.

The ICS has introduced Qwell by Kooth, a free online mental health and emotional wellbeing support service, providing anonymous online counselling that can be accessed anywhere.

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the tool provides access to one-on-one online sessions with qualified counsellors and users can access peer-to-peer support through moderated online forums, and read and contribute to articles.

Users can also keep an online journal, set goals and track their wellbeing.

The service was originally commissioned by Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership in January 2021, specifically in response to suicide rates. Now the solution is being offered wider to support individuals across the area.

Jo Kent, Suicide Prevention Programme Lead at Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “We are really pleased to announce that Qwell is now available to all men and women in the Humber, Coast and Vale area. With free access to Qwell, we can ensure that they have access to the right support, wherever and whenever they need it.”

HTN last reported on Kooth when Central and Northwest London NHS Trust rolled out the mental health app across its local boroughs to help support children and young people with their mental health, and ensure a single, consistent service offer.

In other news from the Integrated Care System (ICS), HTN highlighted its recently created and released ‘Digital Inclusion Core Principles’. A short guide, intended to support organisations and health providers within the Humber, Coast and Vale, to provide a checklist to help when implementing digital service transformation projects.