Monthly Archive 03/29/2021

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29th March Changes

Social contact

The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Business and activities

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Travel

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.

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Mid Kent Mind’s Youth Wellbeing Café

As a part of our National Lottery funded Reaching Communities programme, Mid Kent Mind have been offering a weekly Wellbeing Café to young people between the ages of nine and eighteen – providing opportunities to benefit from peer to peer support.
 
As we enter the next phase of the Reaching Communities programme, we will be adapting this programme to better support the young people we are working with. From the 6th of April, the Wellbeing Café will now be split to provide two different age-groups with support. We hope that by splitting the programme, we will enable young people to better-access support which is relevant for their age groups.
 
This means that the Tuesday evening sessions will now be split into one session, from 4pm – 5pm, for young people between the ages of 9 and 13, and an additional session, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, for young people between the ages of 14 and 18.
 
For additional details on this service, click here.

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Porchlight Aspriations

If you are unemployed, live in Kent or East Sussex, and feel that your mental health is holding you back, we can help. Aspirations is a free service from Porchlight for anyone over 25 who is not currently in employment.

How does it work?

Porchlight can help you improve your mental health and achieve whatever it is you feel your mental health is holding you back from. It could be joining a local group, gaining new skills or finding the job you want.

Whatever your circumstances, you won’t be judged and what we discuss will remain confidential. The activities are all completely free and people do not have to take part in a specific number of activities. People can choose which ones work best for them.

Online wellbeing programme of events: March – May

Get in touch

You can get in touch by calling Porchlight on 0333 880 2730, email aspirations@porchlight.org.uk or by filling in our contact form.

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FREE Mindfulness Sessions For Young People

Mid-Kent Mind are delighted to share that we have been funded to offer free virtual Mindfulness support to young people in Kent as a part of free, virtually-hosted Mindfulness and Me courses.

Spaces are available for young people between the ages of 10 & 18.

This programme is a virtual adaptation of our prior-delivered Mindfulness and Me programme, aimed to be accessible for young people.

The programme focusses on teaching individuals more about mindfulness – and how they can acknowledge and accept their thoughts, feelings and body sensations in positive ways.

The course is designed to help people to understand how Mindfulness can be a beneficial tool when it comes to building emotional resilience – helping people to manage their mental health proactively so that they can prevent themselves from experiencing periods of mental ill health.

The hope is that the skills and techniques young people take away from this programme will have a farther-reaching impact for their wellbeing in the future – meaning that although the course is only five weeks, the impact it has should be much longer-lasting. for more information and to book a space click here.

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FREE Evening Suicide Prevention & Awareness Training

Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that we are offering a limited-space evening session for our Suicide Prevention & Awareness training – with the hope being that this will provide people who would normally miss out on this training with the opportunity to take part in it.
 
The session will run from 5pm till 8pm on Tuesday the 18th of May, with a limited number of spaces available.
 
This 3 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 your space, please click here

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Mid-Kent Mind Mindfulness and Me

Mid Kent Mind are continuing to offer FREE dates for our Mindfulness sessions – providing people with the opportunity to learn more about what Mindfulness is, and how practicing it can make a difference in our day-to-day lives.

Mindfulness and Me focusses on teaching individuals more about mindfulness – and how they can acknowledge and accept their thoughts, feelings and body sensations in positive ways. The course is designed to help people to understand how Mindfulness can be a beneficial tool when it comes to building emotional resilience – helping people to manage their mental health proactively so that they can prevent themselves from experiencing periods of mental ill health.
For more details, click on either of the links below to learn more about how you can book onto this programme.

Adult Courses
 
Youth Courses

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Virtual Bingo on the 25th March

Do you want something to look forward too, would you like to win some cash? If the answer to either of these is ‘yes’ read on…

The next virtual Bingo night is on Thursday 25th March 2021. The cost is £8 for 6 games, giving you the chance to win a cash prize for the equivalent of £1.40 per game!

We will be playing Bingo using Zoom – Zoom is a free app available for download using this link https://zoom.us/download. The steps you need to take to join us are as follows:

1. Download the Zoom app, install on your device and check this works by using the test meeting function https://zoom.us/test.

2. Purchase your bingo tickets by clicking on this link https://py.pl/7HztttKgElF.

3. During the day on the 25th March you will receive an email which contains:

· A link to access your bingo cards in readiness for the first bingo game at 7pm.

· An invitation to the Zoom session including the Meeting ID and Password. This email will be sent to the email address of the PayPal account used to purchase the tickets.

PLEASE NOTE the cut-off time for purchasing your bingo tickets is 12pm (midday) on Thursday 25th March 2021. Any tickets purchased after the cut-off time will be rolled over to the next virtual bingo session in April.

Numbers are limited so please purchase early to avoid disappointment.

We promise a fun filled evening where audience participation is very much encouraged !!!!

If you have any queries or would like any further information please contact Sue on 01622 320134 or email suemaidens@fusionhlc.org.uk.

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Kooth Service

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 10-16 years (up to 17th birthday) in Kent with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs, from a professional team of qualified counsellors. By accessing Kooth, young people can benefit from: 

A free, confidential, anonymous and safe way to receive support online.

Out of hours’ availability. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop in basis.

Online Counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions. 

Discussion Boards which are all pre-moderated allow young people to access peer to peer support.

Online Magazine full of moderated articles many of which are submitted by young people offering advice and guidance on a huge range of topics

No referral is required.  Young people can register for Kooth independently at www.kooth.com

click here for the #DontDoItAlone campaign video or visit here for the kooth facebook page.

Free, Safe and Anonymous Online Support for Young People in Kent

A mental health and wellbeing online platform for young people has been extended for all young people across Kent.

As part of the Headstart Kent Programme, the Kooth digital mental health support service has already given one in five young people, aged 10 to16, easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.

The service is free and can be accessed at www.kooth.com. It’s a place to get advice, information and support 24/7. You can chat to a friendly qualified counsellor Monday to Friday between 12pm and 10pm and Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.

The service is funded by Headstart Kent on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund, NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and Kent County Council’s Public Health Grant.

Kooth is now available to all 10-16-year olds in every district of Kent. Young people can access text-based chats with a counsellor safely, anonymously and for free. There is also a range of self-help resources including a magazine, forums and an activity hub. There is a variety of content dedicated to helping young people with their return to school, especially around the transition to secondary and exam results. To create an account any young person can go to: www.kooth.com and enter some basic information.

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Message from the Chairman Don Wright

Update 22/03/2021

I thought I should update you on some news re vaccine effects.

I received my second vaccine last Thursday, and apart from a small soreness when I laid on that arm at night there was nothing else, in fact all soreness had gone by the morning.

I had told you about my cousin who is receiving chemo, and that she had received some bad side effects after her first vaccination. Well she had her second after discussions with her doctors which included taking paracetamol before and after and she had absolutely no side effects. Check with your Doctor before you try that.

There is a huge amount of bad publicity being put about by certain Senior European Politicians against the Astra Zeneca vaccine, despite what the Medical Experts are saying, including the Americans today.  Listen to what our Medical Experts are telling you, politicians under pressure are not very good at medical advise. Over the years many people have told me that they were very ill after having the flu vaccine and have never had it since. Most of those have happily had the Covid vaccine, and have had no major side effects. One friend who is in his eighties had constantly refused to have the flu jab, but didn’t hesitate about the Covid jab, he has now had number 2.

Take care of yourselves, and as Corporal Jones would say “Don’t panic”.

Don Wright

Chairman

30/12/2020 message

On December 30th 2020, I had my first Covid-19 jab and during the next two weeks will have my second one.

I had no major complications. merely a slightly sore arm, when I slept on it that night, after that it was fine. Because she was in the age group below me my wife had her  jab a month ago, and did have some soreness (she was Astro Zeneca, I was Pfizer.). In fact she had less reaction than she would normally have with her flu jab. 

Both of us were very relieved to have been given the protection.

I know that there are lots of people who are refusing to have the Jab for a myriad of reasons. I also know that we will all know someone who had problems. In my case it was a cousin, but the reason behind hers was the  chemo she is on. She was given the opportunity when she went for the jab to refuse it, but she took the decision that she felt safer having it. The complications she had have all gone and she is feeling fine, they will take a decision when it comes to the second one on the way forward.

We can all see from the figures, the effect the jab is having on hospital admissions and deaths. Think very carefully about rejecting the vaccine, it may save your life.

Don Wright

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FREE Eating Disorder Training

Mid Kent Mind are continuing to offer a free Eating Disorder course as a part of our wider training offerings under the ‘mental health awareness’ banner.

This training session incorporates elements on Self-Harm, and also facts and awareness around Eating Disorders. Over the course of a three hour session people will have the opportunity to: 

  • Recognise signs and understand the causes of Self-Harm.
  • Gain an awareness of the ‘Self-Harm Cycle’.
  • Understand the myths around Self-Harm, and how harm minimisation and delay techniques can prevent the desire to self-harm. 
  • Recognise signs of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating and OSFED 
  • Understand Body Dysmorphia and Muscle Dysmorphia
  • Understand the cause and maintenance factors associated with Eating Disorders 
  • Explore the link between Autism and Anorexia Nervosa

All spaces on these training sessions are available for free – but we do recommend people book spaces on either our introductory or intermediate Mental Health Awareness sessions before undertaking these higher-level training sessions.

For more details on all of our Mental Health Awareness training, click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/mental-health-awareness-via-zoom/

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Action Fraud

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime. If you have been a victim of fraud you call report to the Action Fraud website here or call 0300 123 2040 Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm. If you are calling from abroad please call +44 300 123 2040.

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Space 2 Be Me parent workshop

the Space 2 Be Me Team are hosting another parent workshop this month, which may be of interest to the families you work with.

This session will be led by Lou Elliot, a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapist for autistic children with complex needs and herself a parent to a child with extreme sensory regulation difficulties. During this workshop, Lou will be talking about and unravelling the myth that is sensory processing and providing simple strategies to help our children remain better regulated at home. 

This will take place at 7pm on 23rd March 2021 via Zoom and is free and open to members and non-members of families in Maidstone. However, we would encourage families in other areas to email info@space2beme.org.uk if they would like to register an interest for this event. 

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space2beme zoom meetings

Space 2 Be Me will be continuing to offer our Space 2 Talk sessions for parents/carers of children with additional needs this term. These are a great opportunity to talk to one of our Family Support Officers and to meet other parents. We are able to offer a range of practical advice about any aspect of additional needs and provide emotional support. Families do not need to be members to access this service and no formal diagnosis is required.