Kooth in the Capital: Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health of London’s Children and Young People

Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and young people in London

The Kids Are Not OK 

An evidence-based report from the UK’s leading digital mental health provider, Kooth plc.

Even before COVID-19 hit, mental health services for children and young people were overstretched. The pandemic has only exacerbated the situation, as lockdowns, isolation, school closures, and loss of routines, caused profound disruption to the lives of young Londoners. 

This, the first in a series of regional reports, provides a comprehensive overview of the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on children and young people in the capital, with important insights into their worries and concerns. Crucially, this report provides information and direction on how parents/guardians, teachers, educators and employers can identify and respond to signs of mental health problems. 

The Mental Health Needs of London’s Young People

What can we learn from the data?

This report analyses findings collected from Kooth service users, information from real life case studies and third-party data to illustrate how children and young people are coping in the wake of the pandemic, with a focus on three key presenting issues – eating difficulties, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. We also shed light on how youngsters living in London are faring compared to the rest of England, as well as the specific issues affecting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people. 

Talking to Young People About Their Mental Health

Even if you don’t quite have the words, the important thing is that you say something. 

The aim of this report is to highlight how parents/guardians, teachers, GPs and mental health services all play a crucial role in not only identifying early mental health symptoms, but also ensuring children and young people are equipped with – and able to comprehend – the necessary resources they need to gain the right help at the right time. 

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Using fully anonymous data to build our case for proven digital interventions

Kooth is an anonymous digital mental health platform that has access to self-declared demographic information such as age, ethnicity, geographic region, and gender but protects service user identity.The data for this report has been collected from over 24k active, anonymous Kooth service users between July 2020 – June 2021. Service users range from 10 to 25 years of age.

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