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Mental health week 2021

Kent based mental health websites

www.kentyouthhealth.nhs.uk lots of information and includes a self-referral form for access to the Kent Children’s and Young People’s Counselling service.  Also promotes the Chat Health text service for young people too.

www.moodspark.org.uk  website created by young people in Kent for young people in Kent.  Helps to improve resilience

www.kentresiliencehub.org.uk resource for young people, parents and professionals working with young people providing information and advice to improve resilience.

www.kooth.com a mental health community with articles, discussion boards, online counselling etc.  Is a free resource for young people in Kent as it is commissioned by our children and young people mental health services in Kent.

www.togetherall.com  mental health community, etc like Kooth.  Commissioned for ages 16 – 18.

National Mental Health Support

www.themix.org.uk  website providing support for young people aged 10 – 25.  Has self-help articles and guides, has discussion boards, has online chat function with a trained adult, has a text services and includes a crisis service too.

www.youngminds.org.uk  – website providing information and support for young people and their parents.  Includes a crisis text service.  What I do really like is that they have a parentline which parents can phone to talk about being a parent to a child/young person struggling with their mental health.

www.childline.org.uk  website providing support to children and young people.  Has self-help articles, guides, discussion boards.  Can chat online and on the free phone number to a trained adult.

Calm Harm app – app to support children and young people who are self-harming.  App supports them through the wave of emotion they are feeling that normally leads to self-harming but instead supports the with safer coping strategies.

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Kent Sheds

The Kent Sheds project started in 2014 building on the international Men’s Sheds movement, in a bid to tackle issues such as loneliness, social isolation and mental health problems.

Now part of EU SBS Sheds, the project is a partnership of organisations from UK, Belgium, France and Holland. Kent County Council (KCC) receives EU funding and commissions Activmob to help create new sheds and develop existing ones.

Each Shed is unique to reflect local interest and skills. Very few are actual ‘sheds’ and most have engaging themes and venues such as fishing lakes, boats and allotments. Prior to lockdown in March 2020, there were 21 ‘real’ sheds and these have tried to continue in some fashion while another three new ‘virtual’ sheds have also been created.
 
67-year-old retired Programme Manager, Nigel, from the Staplehurst Shed said: “I helped get the shed up and running over two years ago and we have 33 members attend at least monthly when we are open.
“During current lockdown conditions, we’ve had weekly Zoom Calls with most members attending at some occasion. These calls cater for those who have the technology and those with just a telephone. We have members offering weekly quizzes and have also set-up a telephone communications tree where pockets of a few members keep in touch.
Activmob Director Caroline Hooper explained how they have been supporting the Sheds: “We saw how important it was to the Shed members to maintain connections, not only with their own Shed members but with other Sheds. We set up the Virtual Shed so members could continue to support each other.

“We have the Quiz Virtual Shed and the Activity Shed up and running, which bring people together in a common interest where they can talk and learn about things they may not have had an interest in before. Shed members have also said how important it is to have something to look forward to in the week, as all the days start to look the same.”
65-year-old John living in Maidstone has been a member of Cobtree Men’s Shed, Aylesford for nearly five years.
He said: “I have been a regular attendee of the weekly video conference meetings.
He added: “I would encourage others to join a Kent Shed so they can find out what others are doing and share information, problems, solutions, interests and skills.

For more information got to www.kentsheds.org and see leaflet attached for more information. 

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Become Mental Health Aware – online.

MHFA England have launched an online version of the Adult Half Day training course.  Led by an approved instructor, the session on Thursday 28 May will cover:

  • What is mental health and the mental health continuum
  • Stress and stress management
  • Spotting signs of distress
  • Mental health conditions
  • My mental health toolkit

For more information or to book your place, please visit our website.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme this year is kindness. through out the week different organizations will be running various courses. Click on the mental health awareness week on the menu above to see what is being offered this week. you can also go to the mental health awareness week website here for more information and resources as well to find out how to get involved yourself throgh setting up online quizzes, tea and talk etc. you can also look at the free supporter pack which you cna dowbload below.