On Friday 9 October a new Instagram account was launched, aimed at young people within NHS services and their peers; @kentandmedwaycamhs
The channel has been set up to help better support and communicate with young people who might be struggling with their mental health or wellbeing. The service wants 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.
We are pleased to share that Mid Kent Mind’s Social Media and Mental Health Training has proved popular – with several people already booked on to give this new mental health training a try.
This course aims to dive into the way social media can impact on our mental health and wellbeing – exploring some of the facts and myths which we commonly think of when we associate our mental health with social media.
This course will help to introduce you to the potential benefits social media can have on our mental health and wellbeing, whilst also exploring some of the negatives and drawbacks – helping you to develop a well-rounded perspective on the pros and cons when it comes to our digital activity.
Spaces are still available – but at just £5 per person, they are filling quickly! Don’t miss out on your chance to try this brand new training course at a low price.
Visit our website to book today.
Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that our last Taming My Temper course will be taking place this year – starting on the 11th of November, and running through until the 16th of December 2020.
Taming My Temper is a 6 week course dealing with anger management specifically designed for young people that may have issues controlling their emotions and want to reduce the levels of anger and hostility that they display.
This course looks at the causation of negative emotional behaviour and the anger response displayed by people. It then looks at ways to minimise negative emotions and alternative ways to cope and remain calm.
This course provides a safe space for young people to explore anger, and understand the wider impact it can have on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The course will take place over virtual video conferencing platform ZOOM to make it accessible for all during the difficult times we all find ourselves navigating currently.
Spaces on this final course are limited. If you know a young person who would benefit, then please visit this link to book.
We can provide short term assistance to households facing financial hardship as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.
If you, or someone you know has experienced a reduction in income, loss of employment or suffered financially from coronavirus, then they may be eligible to apply for support with:
pre-paid energy and clothing vouchers for school uniform (non-branded)
or household items required to meet a basic need if there are no other means of assistance available.
Visit the KCC website for more information on how to apply.
Fusion are delighted to announce the relaunch of our Crafty Kids sessions starting with a Halloween/Remembrance Day Special on Wednesday 28th October 3.30pm-5.30pm. This activity is open to primary school aged children who can attend unaccompanied. There is a charge of £1 per child. We also require 5 adult/parent helpers for this session. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Please contact Sue on 01622 320134 to book a space or to volunteer as an adult helper.
Our FREE Adult Suicide Prevention & Awareness course continues to be one of the most popular training programmes which we offer virtually over ZOOM. We currently have additional dates available throughout October, providing an opportunity for individuals who have yet to benefit from this free training package to do so.
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.
As we approach World Mental Health Day, this course is the perfect way to increase your knowledge and your confidence when it comes to having difficult discussions about mental health – equipping you with the tools and the knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others.
Click here to book your space.
Mid Kent Mind are offering a FREE, one-hour calligraphy Workshop for young people as a part of the second year of our Reaching Communities programme.
It is our hope that the one-hour workshop will engage young people, encouraging them to try new activities which enable them to express themselves and use creativity as a positive and meaningful coping strategy for their mental health and wellbeing.
At present, just a single, one-hour session is being made available as a trial – but if we see a significant level of demand, then we may develop a further calligraphy course to benefit young people in the future.
For more details, and to register your young person’s interest, please visit our website.
Heart of Kent HospiceMoonlit Walk 2020Being together while walking apart
Saturday 10th OctoberAny time between 10 am and 10pm Any distance between 1K and 10K. The team at the Hospice would love to be walking alongside you from the doors of the Hospice but sadly this year this cannot happen. We know that this beloved walk is as important to you as it is to us so we have created a special version of the Moonlit Walk for individuals or small groups to take part in.Choose your own route and look out for fellow Moonlit walkers wearing their special t-shirts – bring the community together by waving and shouting hello. Now more than ever we need your support .For full details of how to join in and entry fees please visit www.hokh.org/events. Your entry fee includes a Moonlit Walk t-shirt, medal (by post) and pdf certificate. Sign up by 13th September for a £2 early bird discount.
We are beginning to offer a limited number of face-to-face sessions for people who feel as though they would benefit from in-person Counselling support.
These sessions are extremely limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. By facilitating a limited number face-to-face sessions, we are able to ensure that strict measures are in place to enable you to access Counselling in a COVID-Secure manner. We hope that by having these measures in place, we will enable people to access support in confidence.
For more details on how you can access face-to-face counselling support, please e-mail email@example.com.
Alternatively, you can learn more about our Remote Counselling Service here.
Mid Kent Mind have been funded by Golding Homes to offer a free Mindfulness programme for adults and young people in Maidstone and the surrounding areas – known as ‘Mindfulness and Me’. 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. For more details, you can visit the Mid Kent Mind website.
Our Maidstone Hubs (Park Wood and town centre) are now open every week for families to access Totcycle, by appointment only. The Park Wood Hub is open Wednesdays 10-12, and town centre Hub (Fremlin Walk) is open Fridays 10-12. Families can phone/text/WhatsApp us on 07851 196770 for an appointment.
Totcycle is a baby and toddler goods bank, providing clothing, toiletries, toys and equipment such as highchairs, prams, car seats etc, to any family in need. It is important to emphasize that this service is for anyone, even those who would not normally be using services such as these, for example those who have been made redundant or whose income has decreased.
We also have a specific fund to allow us to buy formula and nappies, so we can supply specific stages/brands/sizes as needed. If families cannot get along to the Hubs, it is still possible for our team to deliver items if needed, or a support worker can come and collect. We are also more than happy for mums to make an appointment to come along for a chat even if they don’t need to access Totcycle.
We are no longer providing food parcels for families, but instead signposting to one of the several food banks operating across the town.
Our staff team is providing telephone befriending/support to many vulnerable mums and their families; we have also now restarted our face-to-face Mum2Mum befriending service for isolated mums aged 16-30, which matches mums in need of support with trained volunteers. Please see the attached Mum2Mum referral form for this service; the general referral form is for all other services (formula/nappies/Totcycle etc).
None of our groups are able to start up again yet due to ongoing social distancing restrictions, but we will restart these as soon as government regulations permit. If you have any queries about any of our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The National Careers Service will be hosting free Redundancy Support Webinars, with live questions and answers. If you’re currently unemployed, or facing redundancy, join our expert advisers for advice and support on taking your next steps.
During the event we’ll explore:
Introduction to the tools are available on the National Careers Service website
How to go about choosing a career in these challenging times
Online training opportunities
Ways to build your resilience
Monday 24th August (10:00am– 11:00am)
To join the event, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and quoting ‘Redundancy Support Webinar’ in the subject line and stating which date you would like to attend.
Our Career and Learning Development 10 week-course is aimed at people experiencing mental health difficulties who are not currently in work and is free to all participants.
It will be delivered through live virtual sessions and starts on the 3rd of September. It includes group sessions and 121 telephone calls.
Please see the attached leaflet for more information.
Mid-Kent Mind are pleased to announce that we are organising a free ‘Bank Holiday Wellbeing Workshop’ for young people between the ages of eight and seventeen – with a particular focus on young people who live in Maidstone and Swale.
The stream will take place on August the 31st, and it is hoped that the stream will be able to function as an interactive session which will both provide young people with an opportunity to try new and exciting activities, and also will function as an opportunity for young people to learn more about building emotional resilience.
Mid-Kent Mind are working with partners to offer a range of pre-recorded sessions which will be streamed live on the day. These will include things like physical activity sessions facilitated by coaches, and also wellbeing sessions which will focus on equipping young people with the tools and knowledge to better manage their mental health as they return to school this September.
It is safe to say that the return to a new normal is a daunting one for many young people – so we hope that this event will serve as a medium through which we can really help to alleviate the potential anxieties which may be bubbling away in young people under the surface – putting them in the best possible position for their return to school.
The live stream will be available entirely free of charge, but will not be available for long after it has streamed, meaning that exclusive access will only be available on the day. Spaces are not limited – so as many young people as possible can benefit from this event.
Nearer the time we will debut a timetable, and will also begin to announce our event partners to give a rough format for the day.
For more details, please visit our website.
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden or shocking ways (including by COVID-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service (set up as a pandemic response and for the long term).
The service, Sudden, is run by a well-established charity that is experienced in helping suddenly bereaved people through trained and named case workers, operating over the phone. Sudden provides free support and advocacy for up to 10 weeks, with a focus on safeguarding and wellbeing outcomes. The service is delivered in partnership with relevant community-based statutory and NGO agencies. (Please read the attachment for more information.) To note, the Sudden helpline number (0800 121 6510) is available to call now, but is due to change within the coming weeks – please visit www.sudden.org or email email@example.com for the latest.
Because it is an immediate intervention service, the Sudden service is designed to be reached through very early referrals from hospitals and police.
Please contact see the attached information for more details about this new service.
Each suicide is a tragic event which has a devastating impact on the friends and family of the victim, and can be felt across the whole community. While the events and circumstances leading to each suicide will be different, there are a number of areas where action can be taken to help prevent loss of life.
The Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Strategy (2015-2020) recommends that as many people as possible are trained in mental health and suicide prevention training.
introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences
helpful strategies and support
The workshop is suitable for anyone interested in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. This includes people who work or volunteer with children and young people, as well as individuals / parents who want to learn more about how to support children and young people in a personal capacity.
Key outcomes for this workshop include:
increased awareness of suicide prevention in children and young people
increased confidence to reduce suicide risk
increased awareness of support services (via pose-course information provided)
To see what dates are available and to book click here
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.