Monthly Archive 02/26/2021

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Mid-Kent Mind Free Half-Day Youth MHFA Training

Thanks to funding from Kent County Council’s Councillors, Mid-Kent mindare offering another date for a half-day Youth Mental Health First Aid course this March.

Priority access is being given to young people between the ages of 16 & 25 who would like to learn more about how they can support other young people – but the course is open to anyone who is interested in booking on.

This introductory MHFA session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. It covers:

–  Some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis

  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences

For more details, and to book a space, please visit their website here

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Barnardo’s Black and Asian Family Covid-19 Helpline

Barnardo’s has launched a vital new support service  which we believe will make apositive difference to the lives of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19. 

This is a UK-wide helpline which will focus on issues specifically affecting children, young people and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, who as we all know, have been hardest hit by the pandemic. The new service is a free telephone helpline and web chat facility for children, young people and families from these communities who are suffering the long-lasting and wide-ranging impact of Covid-19. Barnardo’s specialist advisors will aim to provide on-going support on a complex range of issues including mental health, bereavement, family break-down, neglect, back to school, parenting advice, counselling, family stress, discrimination, barriers to services and more. 

You can find out more about the new helpline here: helpline.barnardos.org.uk/helpline 

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BeYou Project

The BeYou Project supports LGBT+ young people in Kent (and is part of the charity Porchlight). We were hoping you can help us spread an important message about new support that’s available to young people throughout lockdown and beyond. 

For some young people they support, being LGBT+ can conflict with their cultural background. Because of this, we’re now running virtual meet-ups for LGBT+ young people from faith backgrounds, LGBT+ young people from BAME backgrounds, and under-12s and their families. 

You can find out more about the groups here: https://www.porchlight.org.uk/news/more-support-for-lgbt-young-people-in-kent 

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Mid Kent Mind Re-Introduce Mind The Knife Programme

Mid Kent Mind are excited to be re-introducing a programme which we ran with great success in a face-to-face format before the pandemic begun.  
 
This programme is known as ‘Mind The Knife’ and is designed to explore how young people who have not had the opportunity to develop their emotional resilience may be drawn into crime and other illicit activities. 
 
This programme is aimed as an early intervention to help young people forward plan for the future – equipping them with the tools and the knowledge to ensure that they can craft the future which they want for themselves in a positive and proactive way, and avoid the negative influences which may have otherwise seemed appealing to them. By boosting young people’s self-esteem and their confidence, we aim to equip them with the capabilities to make the best decisions for themselves. 
 
For more details on the Mind The Knife Programme, and to find out how to refer a young person onto the programme, please click here.

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Kent resilience hub

HeadStart Kent is part of Kent County Council’s Integrated Children’s Services and aims to help young people cope better when faced with difficult circumstances in their lives, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems. The programme is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to provide the resources to develop approaches that support young people to develop their own resilience to cope with the everyday pressures they may face throughout their lives. HeadStart Kent aims to make changes through schools, families and within communities and has been designed with young people at its heart.

To learn more about the resilience hub click here and for mood spark which caters fro those aged 10-16 click here

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Virtual Wellbeing Café

Mid-Kent Mind have developed a Digital Chatroom which will be accessible for young people during this period, providing them with access to a moderated safe space where they can seek peer support.

Our Youth Wellbeing Cafe currently takes the format of a ZOOM room where young people can take part in a Quiz and other online activities facilitated by our Wellbeing Workers. 

These sessions have been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. For more information about this service click here.

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Early Help Programme

Mid Kent Mind are working with Kent County Council’s Early Help teams to offer mental health and wellbeing support to young people in Kent as a part of the Early Help Programme.

As a part of the programme, we have been funded to offer a Cognitive Behavioural Course (CBC) known as Bounce Back, and have also been funded to offer one-to-one support in the form of Youth Recovery Action Plans.

More details on both these courses can be found by clicking here.

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Digital Support From The Reaching Communities Youth Programme

Mid Kent Mind have been generously awarded £449,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver Youth Support in both Maidstone and Swale for five years – starting in 2019. The programme aims to fund an assortment of different support.

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC) courses will be provided for young people alongside a drop-in Wellbeing Café service – providing young people with opportunities to develop their knowledge of coping mechanisms and seek support for poor mental health. This is combined with interactive training for young people in the form of Mental Health First Aid – providing young people with opportunities to access training which will increase their knowledge of different mental health problems. 

Alongside support for young people, the programme also aims to introduce training opportunities for adults – with both Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Awareness courses taking place. These courses will aim to increase adult confidence around mental health in young people, so that adults feel better prepared to support young people who may be struggling with their wellbeing. for more information click here.

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Mid Kent Mind’s Free Adult Suicide Prevention & Awareness Course

Mid Kent Mind’s Suicide Prevention Training continues to be available in a digital capacity for anyone who has not had the opportunity to access one of our two and a half hour training sessions yet.
 
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 more details, and to book a free space on one of our virtual ZOOM courses, visit our website
 

 

 

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Cafe life project update

Celebration Church have decided, in the present climate, not to take over the running of the café within Fusion. We had offered that they could continue to run their food service, which they have been doing since April 2020, until such time as Fusion was able to reopen, but they have decided to move to temporary new premises from Friday, 5th February 2021. They will be based at The Vine Church, Boughton Lane, and all contact information is as at present, please see their website https://www.lifecafeproject.com or contact them on 01622 801 227 for more information.

We are pleased to have worked in partnership with Celebration Church during the pandemic to provide meals for local people and the take-away service.