Gloucestershire County Council has announced the first in a series of new mental health services, designed to help people during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Anyone over 18 in Gloucestershire can now access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online chat based platform at www.qwell.io.
Chats can be accessed through a drop-in service or booked sessions; there is no referral needed from a health professional, no waiting lists, and no criteria to meet to get support.
Qwell, which is provided by XenZone, is designed for people experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as anxiety, low mood or stress.
The site has a range of self-help tools, including friendly online discussion boards to connect with people having similar experiences, journals and goal trackers, and self-help articles with the option to contribute your own experiences or advice.