Are your feelings or worries impacting on your relationships, work or day-to-day life? You’re not alone: many people in the UK experience mental health issues each year.

Live Well Kent and Medway provides free mental health support for people aged 17+. Whatever it is, we’re here to help you.

  • Improve your mental health, physical health and general wellbeing
  • Gain confidence and meet new people
  • Access free therapy and counselling services
  • Find work, volunteering and education opportunities
  • Access support for drug or alcohol dependency
  • Join activities and support groups run by people with similar experiences.   

You can refer yourself, refer someone else or ask somebody to refer you to us for help.  You can then choose to have support in person, online or over the phone. Our team will take time to understand your situation and help you access the right local support for you. They won’t judge you and are committed to your privacy.

Find out what support is available in your area

How to refer yourself to our services

Support if you are aged 17 and under (offered by Kent County Council)

Covid update: we’re still here to help

We are still offering support to anyone who needs it. Our teams can support you online or in person, following the relevant Covid-19 safety guidelines. If you have questions about the way support is offered, please contact the specific Live Well Kent and Medway service that is supporting you. For general information about how we are operating under Covid restrictions, visit our Covid-19 page.

If you are in emotional distress and need urgent support, you can contact these services at any time of the day or night:

  • Release the Pressure (run by Mental Health Matters) has a free helpline – 0800 107 0160. It also runs a text service – text ‘Kent’ or ‘Medway’ to 85258 for free confidential support 
  • Kent and Medway Safe Havens (run by Mental Health Matters) can help when your usual sources of mental health support are closed for the night. They are offering face-to-face support, as well as phone and video calls. Visit their website to find out about support near you  
  • Mental Health Matters webchat – if you’re not comfortable talking on the telephone, you can speak to Mental Health Matters staff via webchat (which works a bit like Facebook messenger). Visit their website to access the webchat 
  • Samaritans has a free helpline – 116 123. You can also email jo@samaritans.org.uk and someone will respond within 24 hours 
  • Kent and Medway NHS helpline – 0800 783 9111


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