South Kent Coast

South Kent Coast

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Live Well Kent services operate in line with the latest official coronavirus safety guidelines. If you need support or wish to refer someone to us, you can call our referral line on 0800 567 7699, email or contact services directly.

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Support and advice on where to get help


A support worker will give advice and support for issues that are affecting your mental health or general wellbeing. They will help you access a range of services provided by Live Well Kent and Medway as well as others that are suited to your needs.

To find out more, visit Porchlight’s website, call 0800 567 7699 or email

Mental health and general wellbeing support

South Kent Mind

South Kent Mind can help if you are going through a difficult time or struggling emotionally. This includes one-to-one support, mindfulness workshops, group activities and online chat groups.

To find out more call 01303 250090, email or visit the South Kent Mind website.

You can also download a document with more information here

Supporting and socialising with one another

SpeakUp CIC

SpeakUp CIC offers support and social groups run by people with similar experiences to you. These include groups and activities to improve your wellbeing, an online LBGT+ group and an online ‘Night Owls’ group for people who are awake at night and want to talk with others in a safe and understanding environment. These services allow you to connect with others, share experiences and support one another.

For more information call 07543 977670, email Maggie at or Kay at or visit the SpeakUpCIC website.

You can download a timetable of SpeakUpCIC activities here

Support from people who have experienced mental health issues


Rethink’s peer support service enables people who have experienced mental health issues (and may still experience them) to come together and support each other. This can help you to build relationships, connect with others that understand you, and achieve your goals.

Support can happen in person or via WhatsApp, email, text, phone or video call. This can be scheduled around work or education (taking place in the evenings or at weekends if necessary).

To find out more, call 07483 332505, email or visit Rethink’s website.

Housing and mental health issues


Porchlight supports people who have housing issues and are also struggling with their mental health. It can provide housing advice, help you speak to local authorities and landlords, and supporting you to access legal advice.

For more information, visit Porchlight’s website, call 0800 567 7699 or email at

Employment support

Porchlight and Shaw Trust

If you’re looking to work but feel as though your mental health has become a barrier, Porchlight and Shaw Trust provide one-to-one support, job clubs, employability courses and more.

Porchlight supports people in the Folkestone and Hythe area. To find out more, call 0800 567 7699 or email

Shaw Trust supports people in the Dover and Deal area. To find out more, call 0800 567 7699 or email

Counselling support

Are you feeling low, anxious, or stressed? Are you living with a long-term health condition and feeling worried about your health? Are you finding it hard to cope? NHS funded Talking Therapies (also known as IAPT) can help.

For free NHS talking therapy or counselling please contact:

Asian mental health helpline

Rethink Sahayak

Rethink Sahayak’s Asian mental health helpline offers caring, non-judgemental and empathetic support for mental health and domestic abuse issues. It is free and confidential. You can speak to an adviser in Asian languages (Gujarati, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu) or in English on 0808 800 2073 at these times:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm to 7pm
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm to 3pm

Coping when someone dies by suicide


This service can provide support if you have been bereaved by suicide. This includes practical and emotional support for families and individuals, dealing with police and coroners, helping with any media enquiries, preparing for and attending an inquest, and help to find other local support services that are needed.

To refer yourself or someone else for support, call 0330 088 9255 or visit Amparo’s website.

Support for carers

Kent Carers Matter

Do you care for a family member, partner, friend or neighbour? Being a carer can be a positive experience but it might also be challenging and impact on your health. Kent Carers Matter can provide specialist support.

To find out more, visit the Kent Carers Matter website