East Kent

East Kent

(Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Hythe, Sandwich, Tenterden, Thanet, Whitstable and surrounding areas)

Help to find the right support

(Delivered by Porchlight)
Get advice and support for issues that are affecting your mental health or general wellbeing – such as housing problems, financial worries or feeling isolated. We’ll help you access services provided by Live Well Kent and Medway and other organisations. To find more or to sign up for support, visit Porchlight’s website or contact Live Well Kent & Medway

Culturally sensitive support for ethnic minority communities

(Delivered by Rethink Sahayak)
This service is aimed at people from ethnic minority communities. It can help you manage your mental health, feel like part of the local community, improve your confidence and become more independent. This is a service that has lots of experience of working with sensitive cultural topics and understands cultural values. To find more or to sign up for support, visit Rethink’s website or contact Live Well Kent & Medway

One-to-one support if you’re struggling emotionally

(Delivered by East Kent Mind)
Get support if you’re going through a difficult time or struggling emotionally. This includes help to develop mental health coping strategies, feel more confident, achieve your goals and connect with other people. Support can happen at evenings or weekends. To find more or to sign up for support, visit East Kent Mind’s website or contact Live Well Kent & Medway

Support group run by people with experience of mental health issues

(Delivered by East Kent Mind)
Friendly meet-ups run by people with lived experience of mental health. Meet new people, discuss your experiences and share mental health coping strategies. You’ll also be able to contribute ideas about how the group is run and supports others. To find more or to sign up for support, visit East Kent Mind’s website or contact Live Well Kent & Medway

Group activities to improve mental health

(Delivered by East Kent Mind and South Kent Mind)
Group activities can have a positive effect on your mental health and make you feel less cut off from others. These weekly sessions themed around: reading, cookery, healthy eating, physical activities (such as yoga, pilates, tai chi, running, walking and football), gardening, mindfulness and more. To find more or to sign up for support:

Advice if you’re struggling financially / money management support

(Delivered by South Kent Mind)
Are you struggling financially or need advice to manage the cost of living? We’ll advise you on issues related to debt and borrowing, accessing benefits, and budgeting. You can receive support over the phone or online. To find more or to sign up for support, visit the South Kent Mind’s website or Live Well Kent & Medway

Employment support

(Delivered by Rethink and Shaw Trust)
Looking for work but feel as though your mental health has become a barrier? Get help with job hunting, building relationships with employers, and advice about what transitioning from receiving benefits to going into paid work. To find more or to sign up for support:

  • Folkestone, Hythe, New Romney, Thanet: visit Rethink’s website
  • Ashford, Canterbury, Deal, Dover: visit Shaw Trust’s website
  • You can also contact Live Well Kent & Medway.

Support from people with similar experiences (Ashford only)

(Delivered by Rethink)
Advice and guidance from people who have similar experiences to you, accompanied by a support worker. Get help to manage anxiety, low moods and improve your confidence. You can also take part in activity groups themed around arts & crafts, music, socialising and more. To find more or to sign up for support, visit Rethink’s website or contact Live Well Kent & Medway

Group counselling sessions in Ashford, Folkestone, Hythe and New Romney

(Delivered by Faversham Counselling Service)
Learn to manage your mental health, be more mindful and feel more positive. These group counselling sessions (for up to 10 people) are weekly, last for three hours, and run for 10 weeks. To find more or to sign up for support, visit Faversham Counselling Service’s website or contact Live Well Kent & Medway