NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has partnered with Kooth to ensure that every adult, young person and child over the age of 11 now has access to safe digital support outside of the normal 9-5 working day.
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, both services are free, anonymous and there are no referrals needed from a health professional, waiting lists, thresholds or criteria to meet to qualify for support.
The aim is to offer a place for individuals seeking non-judgemental professional help for mental health concerns.
Jane Walker, NHS Northumberland CCG’s strategic commissioning manager for complex care, said: “It is really good news that Qwell is now available for the adult population in Northumberland.
“There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health problems in our communities.
"Digital mental health services offer invaluable care that is anonymous, helps to remove any perceived stigma and can be adapted to suit an individual’s preferences and needs.”