YOUNG people in Solihull can access free mental health support as part of a new initiative.
The borough council this week announced an 18 month pilot scheme for Kooth, to provide help to 11-25-year-olds.
The service offers online self-help materials and a counselling service from 12noon-10pm weekdays and 6-10pm at weekends.
Kooth will be run in partnership with mental health services and the voluntary sector.
Dr Angela Brady, a local GP and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s lead on mental health, said: "We are delighted that young people in Solihull will now be able to access this invaluable service and get mental health support when they need it most, in a way which is convenient to them."
Figures suggest that mental health issues - including depression, anxiety and bipolar - affect around one in 10 children and young people in the UK.
The Kooth counselling service can be accessed here.