Mental Health just like Physical Health is something that can fluctuate as we progress through life. Usually when we are physically ill we know where to get help whether it is our GP or pharmacist. However with mental health, accessing the different levels of support and knowing where to get help can be confusing.
As an inclusive media organisation we aim to promote positive mental and physical health. However there are times when you will need after hours support when your mental health is feeling low.
As part of our role as a Public Health Champion we signpost people to health support services as and when required. Below is a list of Mental Health Support Services you can access directly without waiting for a G.P. appointment.
Every Mind Matters Public Health Website with guidance about maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing. We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; ‘Every Mind Matters’ encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
There is a free NHS- approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps you build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control.
To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters
Download these NHS approved phone apps to help enhance your health and wellbeing: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/apps/
We all face Stress at some point in our day to day lives. However there are times when we do not successfully manage this Stress. Here are some resources to help us understand and manage our Stress levels:
Children and Young People
NHS Phone: 999 or 111 or Go to your nearest A and E Department
Samaritans National freephone number is 116 123 (free even if your phone is out of credit)
Childline Freephone: 0800 1111
Papyrus (Hopeline) Freephone: 0800 068 41 41 or Text 07786 209697
Release The Pressure Freephone: 0800 107 0160 (24 hours) This service is open to anyone in Kent and Medway aged 16 and over.
Bereavement and Loss Support
Holding on, Letting go www.holdingonlettinggo.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 03445 611 511 Kent based charity helping children cope with the death of someone close.
Hope Again – Young People Living After Loss Phone: 0808 808 1677 email@example.com www.hopeagain.org.uk Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care.
Winston’s Wish Freephone: 08088 020 021 firstname.lastname@example.org www.winstonswish.org Supporting Children, Young people and their families following a bereavement.
Adult Support (18+)
Live Well Kent Resources and Community Services/Activities commissioned by Kent County Council through Porchlight and The Shaw Trust to help promote positive Mental Health and Wellbeing for people living in Kent livewellkent.org.uk
Physical Folk is listed as a Live Well Kent Community Service.