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Tayside councils partner up to provide 24-7 mental health and wellbeing support for young people

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will suffer with mental ill health 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 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 contact Togetherall, a supportive virtual community.

Trained professionals are available 24-7 through Togetherall, which offers a choice of safe therapeutic services, including online self-help courses. This means anyone who may be struggling with mental health, distress or anxiety can get support at a time that suits them. Togetherall has already helped over 200,000 people around the UK and has very positive reviews from current users.

Togetherall is now available free for all 16-24 year olds living in Perth and Kinross, simply by visiting www.togetherall.com, click 'Register' and 'My area is registered', and then enter your postcode to gain access. When someone joins Togetherall as a new user, they create a username that does not identify them in any way, and the service is completely anonymous.

Perth & Kinross Council's Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Caroline Shiers said: "As a Council we recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing for all, and the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on our communities, and particularly our young people, is significant. 

"In coming together with our neighbouring councils in Angus and Dundee to make Togetherall available for free to 16 to 24 year olds, we are increasing the support for young people that can be easily accessible during lockdown and beyond. We want young people to know they are not alone and that help is available at any time."