Tayside Councils partner up to provide 24/7 mental health and wellbeing support for young people

It is estimated that one in four people will suffer from a mental health illness at some point in their lives. Talking about mental health, or just feeling overwhelmed by everyday worries and concerns, can be difficult, especially for young people.

The three Tayside councils (Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross) have joined up to help establish a safe, anonymous online support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From Monday 1 February 2021, young people aged 16 to 24 across Tayside can join online mental health support community Togetherall.

Trained professionals monitor Togetherall 24/7, keeping its members safe. The platform also offers a choice of safe therapeutic services, including online self-help courses and resources. This means anyone who may be struggling with mental health, distress or anxiety can get support at any time that suits them. Togetherall has already helped over 200,000 people around the UK and has very positive reviews from current users. One Togetherall member said: “I feel that the support given by Togetherall is fantastic. You are not judged, and you can be yourself. Most of us are very good at hiding our feelings. This is the only place I have felt comfortable in expressing myself.”

“Togetherall is now available free for all 16-24 year olds living in Tayside, simply by visiting www.togetherall.com, click ‘Register’ and ‘My area is registered’, and then enter your postcode to gain access.”
Angus Council’s Children and Learning Convener, Councillor Derek Wann said: “It’s essential we support young people experiencing mental health concerns through early advice, and support. Having Togetherall means more young people can be supported, more quickly as best we can, enhancing the support already available. “I encourage any young person feeling stressed, anxious or feeling low to visit togetherall.com. It’s accessible anytime, anywhere.” Henry Jones, Chief Executive at Togetherall said: “I’m delighted to announce that Togetherall will support all young adults aged 16-24 living in Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Perth and Kinross Council areas. It has no doubt been a challenging year for our mental health and young people have been particularly impacted by uncertainty about their future which has seen anxiety levels increase over the past few months. Our community is here to support them 24/7, 365 days a year.” 
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