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The Stirling Council has launched a new 24-hour online mental health support service for young people.
Togetherall is a free online peer-to-peer support network where people aged 16-26 can get help on a range of mental health topics, such as anxiety, sleep, and depression. The service is already in use in a number of other communal areas in Scotland, having launched in South Ayrshire in January and Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee in February.
Although funded by Stirling, the service is separate from the board and completely anonymous, with users encouraged to choose a username that does not identify them. Anyone aged 16 to 26 living in the municipal area can register for the service by going to the registration area of the Togetherall site and entering their postal code.
Bryony Monaghan, Acting Education Officer at the Stirling Council, said: “Together this is something young people can use any time of the day or night. It’s a safe and anonymous online space that you can go to if you’re feeling down, struggling to cope, or just want to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. The peer support network provides support when you need it and professionals are available when needed. You can join a supportive online community, participate in a range of courses, self-assessments, and access self-help materials.
Henry Jones, Managing Director of Togetherall, added: “I am delighted to announce that Togetherall is now working with a third of the Scottish Councils to increase access for young people aged 16 and over to our secure online service. Starting today, we welcome Stirling Council to our community, providing free access to all ages 16-26. We are here to support you anytime, anywhere.