Mental health support has always played a big role in the services Switch180 offer, however, this side of our work grew rapidly during the Covid-19 pandemic. We knew we had to do even more to support young people across the UK.
In November 2020, we launched Stop.Breathe.Think in response to the pandemic. Our unique mental health service offers free counselling sessions and support to any young person who would like to talk. With no wait times and a team of specialised counsellors ready to go, demand is growing rapidly.
Developing Stop.Breathe.Think has been hugely rewarding. We did not want to close our doors to young people as a result of Covid, and this service enabled the Switch180 team to focus their collective energy on creating and rolling out a new service, that has been able to play a positive role for young people in challenging times. As a youth charity, this was incredibly important to us.
To date, 2254 young people have received counselling support and we’ve delivered 13,227 counselling sessions in total (November 20 – June 22 data). We’re seeing more and more young people getting in touch each month, that’s why we have increased our capacity to ensure that we are there for every single young person who needs us.
We are now at the point where everything is in place to grow and expand the service, to play a significant role in the support of young people and their mental health. Find out more about our team below.