There are many events and situations in your life that could cause stress and lead to mental health difficulties. It’s important to understand that whatever the cause, you’re not alone, and there is help and support available to you.
You’ll find lots of useful services on this page that will help you through difficult times.
It can be difficult to talk about mental health and especially hard to talk to people or ask for help. Doc Ready has put together some tools that will help you prepare for the first time you speak to some about your mental health.
Live Well Kent offers support with keeping active and healthy and everyday living including: Managing your money, debt and benefits, housing support and guidance, and accessing counselling.
If you are struggling with anxiety and/or depression, NHS Talking Therapies is a free, effective and confidential way to treat common mental health issues.
You can find out about and refer yourself to talking therapy services in Kent and Medway on the Help Kent and Medway website, or via nhs.uk/talk. You can ask your GP to refer you.
Need Help? signposts to a range of different services depending on your age, location and illness.
Student Minds empowers students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health and support others.
Nightline is a listening, emotional support and information service, run by students for students. Nightlines are open at night, run by trained, caring, fellow student volunteers. Nightline can be contacted by phone, face to face, by email or by online chat.
Student Space offers one-to-one support for whatever challenge you’re facing, designed for students. Whether it’s your mental health, your studies, money, housing or relationships, they can support you.
Are you feeling a bit low or depressed? You can find other support services on our Down or Low pages.
Safe Havens offer face-to-face mental health support for those living in Kent and Medway and offer an open-door policy for anyone needing help. Find out more on this information hub's dedicated Safe Havens page.
Blurt it out can help you if you’re struggling with depression. Their range of different support services can help see you through tough times.
CHUMS offer specialist bereavement support to children and young people aged from three and a half up until their 26th birthday in Kent and Medway.
This specialist bereavement service is provided by a wide range of experienced, trained professionals and volunteers. Support can be tailored to provide evidence-based interventions to children and young people through one-to-one, group and drop-in sessions.
The BeYou Project provides peer and individual support for LGBT+ young people aged eight to 25 years in Kent and Medway.
Better Health-Every Mind Matters has launched a campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing. At the heart of the campaign is the free, NHS-approved Mind Plan.
By answering five simple questions online, adults will get a personalised mental health action plan with practical tips for helping deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better, and feel more in control.
Search Every Mind Matters to see what works for you.
Safe Havens offer face-to-face mental health support.
To find out more and see the opening times, visit the Safe Havens page.
Text KENT or MEDWAY to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160 for free confidential support at any time.
Free expert advice from trained counsellors is available for every mental health concern.
Visit Release the Pressure website and watch the video to find out more.