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Kooth Live Forum Topic Calendar October

Kooth Live Forums: October 2020 – Live forums can be found in the discussion boards and go online at 7.30pm on the evening they are planned. They are moderated in real time until 9.00pm.

Wednesday 7th October – Supporting World Mental Health Day
This year looking after our mental health is more important than ever. Join us for an evening of discussion
on how we can support and celebrate World Mental Health Day. This will include lots of fun and creative
ways of raising awareness despite difficult circumstances. We hope you can join us!

Monday 12th October – Living with OCD
OCD is an often misunderstood disorder. Liking things neat and tidy doesn’t make somebody “a little bit
OCD”, so what is it? As part of OCD Awareness Week 2020, tonight’s live forum is will be looking at what
it’s really like to live with obsessions and compulsions, and how to find advice and support under the
current restrictions. Come along to chat with us!

Friday 23rd October – Myth Busting: Toxic Masculinity
Toxic masculinity is the unhealthy expectations society places on men, and the negative behaviours they
think they have to follow to ‘be a man’. These toxic and often harmful stereotypes can have huge impacts
on mental health and wellbeing. Tonight, we want to create a safe space for you to explore your thoughts,
feelings, and experiences of toxic masculinity, and by having an open conversation we hope to offer
support and to challenge these harmful stereotypes.

Wednesday 28th October – Let’s Talk About Black History
October is Black History Month, and to honour this occasion… Let’s Talk About Black History! Black History
Month is an opportunity to celebrate and truly appreciate diversity in the UK, as well as learning more
about the rich history, culture, struggle and achievements of the black community. In this live forum, we’ll be
looking at famous black role models, the history of black communities in the UK, and why it’s so important
for us to celebrate Black History Month. Come along and join the chat, everyone is welcome!

To be used for Kooth user promotion. The JPEG versions of the posters are better suited and more compatible for social media posts than PDF versions which are more suitable for e-mails and websites.
The JPEG versions of the posters are better suited and more compatible for social media posts than PDF versions which are more suitable for e-mails and websites.

World Mental Health Day 2020

Get ready for World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020, as we call on everyone to open up to mental health, to talk and to listen.

We all deserve to feel safe and supported when talking about our mental health. But too often, mental health stigma leaves people feeling isolated and ashamed. At worst, it prevents people getting support, finding employment or having open conversations.

Show your support and let people know you’re getting involved in World Mental Health Day by sharing our graphics online. You could post them on social media, include them in a email or use them in a blog about mental health stigma and discrimination.

KOOTH – Returning to School After Lockdown

As the long awaited return to school and college has now arrived, we, at, would like to do everything we can to support young people and parents to hopefully help make the return as smooth as possible. To aid with this we have produced a back to school brochure, to support young people which we hope you will find useful. You can find the brochures on the link below:

I have also attached a copy of the Kooth Live Forum Topics for September, these are the topics that will be being promoted on our discussion boards during the month of September:

Friday 25th September – Settling Back into Education
It’s that time of year again when summer is coming to an end and we need to start preparing to head back
to school, college or university. This was already a pretty stressful time of year before all the uncertainty
and the ups and downs that 2020 has brought, and we understand this may feel extra difficult this time
round. We can’t take those worries away, but we can tell you that you’re not alone and hopefully this live
forum will give you space to share those experiences, excitement and worries!

Monday 28th September – Youth Homelessness
Facing homelessness is difficult at any stage in life, but it can be especially upsetting for young people. For
this reason, we have linked up with the charity, Centrepoint, for tonight’s live forum and we will be creating
a safe and supportive space to chat about what youth homelessness is or might look like, the impact that
housing struggles can have on young people, and some different places to get support if you ever find
yourself in this position, in the hopes of raising awareness and improving attitudes towards homelessness.

Dealing with Loss and Bereavement

When someone you know dies, the grief that follows can be a really difficult and painful process. People are sometimes surprised by just how painful it can be, and just how long the process can last.

This short video won’t take that pain away, but it does have some ideas based on what other young people have said, that might help you through it. Please access the video through this link:

Below the video we’ve included links to some charities who offer a range of support for young people who may be grieving.  You can look at each organisation, read their advice and contact them direct if you would like someone to talk to or need support.

Self Care Support Guide

Self-care is all about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. It’s a way that we can look after our own mental health and wellbeing.

The #SelfcareSummer Secondary pack helps young people to create their own individual self-care plan for the holidays based on strategies which other young people have found helpful. It also sign-posts young people and their families to additional support if they need it.

This pack can be used for any holiday period or even to run on evenings and on weekends.

Instagram reduces content of users regarding self-harm

Instagram has pledged to remove images, drawings and even cartoons showing methods of self-harm or suicide. The move is its latest response to the public outcry over the death of British teenager Molly Russell. The 14-year-old killed herself in 2017 after viewing graphic content on the platform. Molly’s father has described the Facebook-owned app’s commitment as “sincere” but said managers needed to act more swiftly.

To find out more please read the article below:

Parent CBT course available at school

Any parents that maybe interested in learning more about PLCBT. The Psychological Welfare Practitioner who is based at Hurworth School on a Thursday will be offering a parent course.

If any parent or guardian is interested in this course please contact Mrs Davidson at Hurworth School.

World Mental Health Day Video

You may be aware that that it was World Mental Health Day last month. I have attached a link to a video which was released to promote Every Mind Matters- an initiative by PHE and the NHS.

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Our vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.

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.


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.

Family Lives

Youth Access

Information on youth counselling.



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

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.