New counselling service in Cornwall expands choice for clients
Cornwall Council has expanded the counselling options available to young people with the launch of a new service.
A contract signed with Manchester-based Xenzone means youngsters between the ages of 11 and 25 years old can call to book a face-to-face session with a professional who has taken counselling courses, or utilise an online option allowing them to speak to trained therapists remotely.
Mel Carne, youth lead for services to individuals at Cornwall Council's supporting families service, told the Western Morning News that the internet facility is already being used effectively in other parts of the country and will mean people can benefit from mental health support at evenings as well as weekends.
She said: "We are pleased to be piloting this service as it increases the range of options available to young people in Cornwall who will now have a greater choice over the type of delivery that meets their needs."
The online option is available at Kooth.com; locality manager for Cornwall at the website Aaron Sefi told Bude People that the region is a beautiful place to grow up, but stressed that it can be "very isolating".
He explained that the counselling service is there to help young people make the right decisions, as well as provide emotional and mental health support during difficult moments in their lives.