Monthly Archive 28th July 2020


FREE Drop-In Virtual Wellbeing Café For Young People In The Maidstone & Mid-Kent Area

Mid-Kent Mind are offering two unique Virtual Wellbeing Café services which young people will be able to access for a little bit of additional support and guidance during this challenging period of time.
As a part of this drop-in support, we have developed a Digital Chatroom which will be accessible for young people through the format of a ZOOM room which will be facilitated by Mid-Kent Mind’s Wellbeing Workers.
As a part of these sessions, young people will have the opportunity to take part in Quizzes and other online activities, but will also have the opportunity to ask questions to our workers and offload any thoughts and feelings which the current situation may have effected.
The two sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm – 5pm, with 8-12 year olds able to access the Tuesday sessions, and 13-17 year olds able to access the Thursday sessions.
Full details can be found here on the Mid Kent Mind website.


Hate crime digital surgeries

Kent police will be running a Hate Crime Surgery online via the Police Live-chat facility for residents of Maidstone and surrounding villages/wards, the first event being 29th July. Hate Crime is likely to go unreported to some extent and that victims will not always feel confident in speaking either in person or on the phone.  Whilst this is not a Crime reporting avenue, this is a new initiative and is an opportunity for victims of Hate Crime, whether reported or not, to have a real-time online conversation, seek support, guidance or any questions or concerns and also those who have questions who have not been a victim.   Hate crime comes in many forms – Disability, Sexuality, Gender, Age, Race, Religion. See the poster below for more details.


Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind Are Changing to Mid Kent Mind

Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind are excited to share that, as an organisation, we are entering the next stage of our growth – with an upcoming rebrand to Mid Kent Mind designed to better reflect the areas where our support will be available.
As of next week we will begin to change our Social Media and online presence to reflect this next stage in growth for our organisation. Please rest assured that we are the same organisation, and will continue to offer the same level of support we always have – but we will just be doing this as a name which better encompasses all of the areas where we offer support.
We are excited to embark on this new stage in our organisation’s journey, and we look forward to continuing to work with our many partners, colleagues and supporters in the future.


Mid-Kent Mind Suicide Prevention & Awareness

New Dates for Mid-Kent Mind’s Suicide Prevention & Awareness training are now available – funded generously by Kent County Council, Medway Council and Transforming Health and Social Care in Kent and Medway.
This 2 1/2 hour, interactive session will help people understand the mental health drivers that can cause suicidal thoughts and to recognise the signs that someone may be feeling suicidal early on.
The course also provides people the confidence to support other vulnerable people and reduce the risk of a suicide attempt being made.
We also provide information about what other suicide support services are available in Kent and Medway.
For full details on how you can access this FREE training, please visit our website


Mental health awareness courses

Mid-Kent Mind are excited to share that, following the success of both our Tier One and Tier Two Mental Health Awareness courses, we have been able to develop a Tier Three training package to offer more in-depth mental health knowledge.

Our new Tier Three MHA sessions complement the existing Tier One and Tier Two sessions – building on some elements to give a much more comprehensive breakdown of certain subject matter.

This is a three hour training session which includes the following:

Self-Harm – Facts and awareness

Recognise signs and understand the causes

Introduce the self-harm cycle

Myth busting and harm minimisation/delay techniques

Eating disorders – Facts and awareness

Recognise signs of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating, OSFED

Understanding Body Dysmorphia and Muscle Dysmorphia (Bigorexia)

Understand cause and maintenance factors

Introduce the link between Autism and Anorexia Nervosa

Currently, all three Tiers of Mental Health Awareness training are available for free thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. For full details, please visit our website.


Virtual afternoon tea

On Saturday 25th July, Mid-Kent Motor Neurone Association are holding a virtual afternoon tea for anyone interested including carers, friends and supporters.

If anyone is interested in joining us please phone Sheila 01634 723677  or Annette on 01622 820719 and we will send on the links that are required to join. 


Heart of Kent Hospice

Living well programme

Our Living Well programme offers free, enjoyable activities and therapeutic sessions to enhance comfort, health and happiness among our patients and their loved ones. From arts and craft to exercise and relaxation, these short sessions are constantly reviewed and expanded to give you, your family and carers even more opportunity to live well.

Unfortunately because of coronavirus we are unable to run our full Living Well programme. However we are delighted to be able to bring you some sessions using the online platform, Zoom.  All the sessions can be booked by emailing the Living Well Co-ordinator, Kelly Moore on or by calling 01622 792200 ext 258.

We have also set up a peer-to-peer support group on Facebook which is open to all our patients and their carers.  This closed group will enable you to connect and support each other.  You can ask our Family Support Team for the details on 01622 792200 ext 260 or email, or request to join the group on Facebook using  this link:

Summer Fun at Heart of Kent Hospice

From now until the 30th August, you can download a weekly pack of different activities to keep the whole family entertained! From exploring the great outdoors to the big family night in,the activities range from challenging yourself physically to helping in your local community.

Each Monday, you will receive a downloadable pack that will inspire you for the week ahead. Don’t worry if you have missed a challenge as you can catch up any time.

Once you have signed up you will receive a funky Summer of Fun lanyard and you will be able to collect a themed pop up badge for each challenge.

Registration is £8.00 for adults, £5.00 for under 16’s and £22.00 for a family of two adults and two under 16’s.

To sign up and for further information please visit All the money you rise will go directly to helping the vital work of Heart of Kent Hospice.


Coronavirus advice for parents

Below is advice from KCC for parents for supporting children. You can download the leflet by clicking download or viewing the images below