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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact services directly.
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.
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.
Supporting and socialising with one another
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.
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).
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.
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 email@example.com
Shaw Trust supports people in the Dover and Deal area. To find out more, call 0800 567 7699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Refer yourself into your local NHS talking therapy service – click here
- Dover Counselling Centre – 01304 204123 or visit the Dover Counselling Centre website here
- FCS Talking Therapies – 01795 591013 or visit the FCS Talking Therapies website
- Insight Healthcare – 0800 555 5555 or visit the Insight Healthcare website here
- University Medical Centre Psychological Therapies – 01227 469 338 or visit the University Medical Centre Psychological Therapies website
- We Are With You – to find out more and register for this service, call 0300 012 0012 or click here to visit the We Are With You website
Asian mental health helpline
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.