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Shout 85258 – free, 24/7 mental health text support in the UK | Shout 85258 (giveusashout.org)

Front Page – Moodspark

Every Mind Matters | One You (www.nhs.uk)

Molly Dolly Foundation 1:1 Remote Counselling Support

In collaboration with Kent Violence Reduction Unit, The Mary Dolly Foundation is offering one to one remote counselling support delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners. You can access weekly remotely delivered sessions and engage with neutral individual to simply talk about your feelings, goals and aims. Their role will be able to plan on how to achieve these.

If you would like to self-refer, please contact The Mary Dolly Foundation on 020 8315 0595 or info@marydollyfoundation.org.uk. If you self-refer, you will be asked by the Foundation to complete a general consent form (if you are under 16) and a referral form, and the Foundation will send this to you via e-mail. The referral form must be received by the Foundation before the sessions can proceed.

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Speak to someone

Text the word Kent 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, including:

* anxiety
* depression
* low self-esteem
* money worries
* relationship troubles
* stress
* suicidal thoughts.

Coronavirus has caused a lot of disruption in many people’s lives, if you are struggling and need someone to talk to, call us or text the word Kent to 85258.

YGAM Parent Hub – YGAM

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a national charity with a social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young and vulnerable people, helping them build resilience and understand the potential harms caused by gambling and gaming.https://parents.ygam.org/about-ygam-parent-hub/embed/#?secret=G9tDI2mw2H

Managing Me

Managing Me is a 6 week course specifically designed for young people aged 11-18 to learn how to cope with life. The course focus on dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and self-image. Our current Managing Me Dates are funded through both The National Lottery and Children In Need – providing individuals with the chance to access these courses for free.

If young people are struggling with coping during the prolonged periods of isolation which are prevalent currently, then these courses may be beneficial in teaching young people coping mechanisms. 






Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality.

What makes this site different is we also provide you with a safe place to give information to us about crime – 100% anonymously.

Barnardos Support Hub

We’re living in extraordinary times right now, and it can sometimes feel or be overwhelming. There is an exhaustive amount of information available about Coronavirus, and it can be hard to know where to start, and that’s why we have created this space. It’s a central place for you to explore, where you can find information, resources & tools – from practical advice on how to talk to your children about the pandemic, to tips on managing anxiety and much more.


Introducing the new NELFT young people’s wellbeing Instagram account

On Friday 9 October a new Instagram account was launched, aimed at young people within NHS services and their peers; @kentandmedwaycamhs will be covering both CYPMHS and MYPWS in Kent. They have set up this channel to help better support and communicate with young people who might be struggling with their mental health or wellbeing. They want to raise awareness and understanding of various wellbeing challenges and empower young people to feel more in control of their own mental health. 

Below are some of the key aims for the account: 

  • Improving service awareness 
  • Helping young people to build positive relationships with social media 
  • Improving participation and young people’s involvement in service improvements 
  • Increasing young people’s emotional resilience 
  • Removing the stigma around receiving mental health treatment.

For the Instagram account to achieve its full potential we need as many young people to know about it as possible. There will also be opportunities for young people to get involved with creating content, directing content and approving recommended resources. Please give a follow and share the handle with the young people you work with. Encourage them to like and follow! 

Parenting courses for anyone caring for a child in Kent and Medway

Online ‘Solihull approach’ parenting courses for anyone caring for a child in Kent and Medway | Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (kentcht.nhs.uk)

Parents are to be given free access to an online parenting course that can help them to understand their child’s behaviour and improve family relationships; thanks to an investment of £16,000 by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) and Kent County Council (KCC).

Access has been provided to the parents and carers of nearly 450,000 children and young people in Kent and Medway to the ‘Solihull approach’ parenting course; as part of their package of support for local families. There are four separate courses for parents, starting during pregnancy and continuing until a child’s 19th birthday.

Jinny Robinson-Bright, KCHFT’s Clinical Services Manager for Public Health, said “Supporting parents, families and carers has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stresses experienced by families, both expecting a baby and for those managing relationships and behaviours of their children, can be high. That’s why we’re delighted to be able to extend the support we offer to families to include the Solihull online courses.

“We know that being a parent can be tough, especially at the moment. These courses give parents and carers some simple, practical strategies to both strengthen their relationships with their children and give themselves a confidence boost. The courses complement existing support available to families from health visiting and school health teams and we urge parents to get in touch if they need further one-to-one support.”

Courses are available at www.inourplace.co.ukusing the access code Invicta, to register for a free account.

For more details of the parenting support available to families in Kent, please see www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/kent-baby/health-visiting-service/ or www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health.

For more details of the parenting support available to families in Medway, please see www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-services/health-visiting or www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-services/child-health-service/school-nursing.

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