We can all struggle with our mental health and wellbeing at times, however old we are.
If you are a child or young person in Kent and Medway, specific services to support you are just a text, call or a click on website or app away.
If you are aged between 10 and 25-years-old, Kooth offers an online mental health community giving free and confidential advice. You can chat with a team member about anything that is on your mind.
NELFT provides all-age eating disorder services and child and adolescent (that’s up to age 18) and mental health services for people living in Kent and Medway. You can find out more about these services on the NELFT website.
If you live in Kent, it’s called the Kent Children and Young People's Mental Health Service.
If you live in Medway, it’s the Medway Young Persons Wellbeing Service.
(NELFT stands for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. As well as providing children and young people’s services in Kent and Medway, the Trust also provides integrated adult community and mental health services for parts of both London and Essex, hence its name.)
ChatHealth is available for young people aged 11 to 19 in Kent and offers a confidential and anonymous texting service to a nurse via 07520 618850. The service is only available Monday to Friday and between 9am and 5pm.
Kent Resilience Hub provides information, guidance and resources for parents to support their own, as well as their child’s emotional wellbeing and resilience.
MoodSpark can support young people to better understand and support their own emotional wellbeing and resilience.
Mind and Body programme is delivered to 13 to 17-year-olds in school and the community to explore and better manage thoughts and behaviours associated with self-harm. Mind and Body also offers support for parents and carers of young people receiving support.
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.
Children and Young People’s Counselling Service
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) offers a Children and Young People’s Counselling Service for children aged four to 19 struggling with their emotional health. Although it’s located on the school health section of KCHFT's website, children and young people do not have to be in school to access the service. If you want to find out more there are ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQS) available.
Kent Youth Health
If you are of school-age (between four and 19 years old), through Kent Youth Health you (or your parent or carer) can contact the school health teams from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, including during school holidays.
You do not need to be in mainstream education, so if you are home-schooled or in a pupil referral until, you can still use this service for advice, support and help. Find out more including how to refer yourself at the Kent Youth Health website.
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.
The BeYou Project provides peer and individual support for LGBT+ young people aged eight to 25 years in Kent and Medway.