Young people across the Stirling Council area are being offered free access to 24/7 mental health support.

Togetherall is a free peer-to-peer online support network where people aged 16-26 can access help on a range of mental health topics, such as anxiety, sleep and depression.

Bryony Monaghan, interim Head of Education at Stirling Council, said: “Togetherall is something young people can use at any time of the day or night.

“It’s a safe and anonymous online space 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 to peer support network provides support when you need it and professionals are available if required. You can join a supportive online community, take part in a range of courses, self-assessments and access self-help materials.”

For those still in school, the launch comes just after schools have returned to full time in-school learning, following an extended period of remote learning as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.

Signing up for the new support is easy, with a Stirling postcode all that’s needed to guarantee local users free access after the Council secured funding for local young people.

Ms Monaghan added: “Togetherall is a safe an anonymous space online for you to share what’s troubling you. Nobody needs to know you’re getting support as you pick an anonymous username and it’s completely separate from the Council.

“Togetherall also has a dedicated customer service team, contactable via theteam@Togetherall.com  who will help support you confidentially with any technical issues you may have.”

Henry Jones, Chief Executive of Togetherall, added: “I’m delighted to announce that Togetherall is now working with a third of Scottish councils to increase access for young people aged 16+ to our safe online service. From today, we welcome Stirling Council to our community, providing free access to all 16-26 year-olds. We are here to support you anytime, anywhere.”