It’s time to talk about mental health

Two men chatting

This Thursday (4 February) is Time to Talk Day and we’re encouraging everyone to talk about mental health.

The focus is on the power of small actions: however you have a conversation about mental health, it has the power to make a big difference. It could be a quick message to someone you know, a virtual coffee break, or a socially distanced walk and talk.

Need someone to talk with? We’re here

If you are feeling isolated or have nobody to talk with, several Live Well Kent services run regular virtual meet-ups. These are supportive spaces where you can talk with people in similar situations, get advice for whatever you’re going through, and take part in group activities.

You can see a full list of Live Well Kent services here. If a service runs a virtual meet-up, it will be listed in their information.

Support if you’re struggling

If somebody is feeling depressed, anxious or cut off from others, Live Well Kent can help. We offer advice and guidance around mental health, physical health, housing and money management.

This support can be accessed by calling our helpline on 0800 567 7699 and speaking with an adviser.

Please note that our helpline is currently receiving a lot of calls, so if you can’t get through straight away leave a message – including your contact details – and someone will respond as soon as they are able to.

You can also see what support is available in your local area here.

Other support

If you feel unable to keep yourself safe or your thoughts feel overwhelming, mental health emergency services are available.

The Release the Pressure team in Kent can provide urgent support. Trained counsellors who will listen, no matter what you are going through: text the word Kent to 85258 or call 0800 107 0160 for free confidential support at any time.

You can also webchat with Mental Health Matters, an independent charity, who are available 24/7.

About Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day is part of Time to Change, England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. It is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It’s about helping everyone to feel they can be open about their mental health and ask for support if they need it.