Mental Health Support For Young People: Messaging & Texting
There are now many apps that serve children and teenagers within the UK and across the world through messaging a professional counsellor. The providers of online mental health services for children and young people are below.
UK BASED ONLINE COUNSELLING
The Mix Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you’re aged 25 or under, and are experiencing any painful emotion or are in crisis, you can text THEMIX to85258.
The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
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.
USA BASED ONLINE COUNSELING
Talkspace for Teens
Talkspace for Teens can send unlimited text, video, picture, and audio messages to their counsellor from an app on their phone or from a web browser, anytime, anywhere.
The service requires a parent or guardian’s consent, but the process is streamlined so that your teen should be able to receive the care of a counsellor within just a few hours of signing up.
Talkspace for Teens also employs banking-grade security to ensure your teen’s security.
Teen Counseling from Betterhelp is an online platform designed for teens aged 13-19 as a way for them to gain access to a licensed therapist online.
Teens can access the company’s discrete and professional platform through a computer, tablet or smartphone and gain unprecedented access to a fully licensed therapist who can help provide them with the counseling they need.
The company also has special services for parents and guardians who are looking to get their child help. There is a different pathway for both parents and teens to take.