Mid Kent Mind are offering free spaces on Virtual Mindfulness and Me sessions for young people between the ages of 9 and 18 this June.
These five-week courses aim to educate young people about Mindfulness – helping them to understand how they can acknowledge and accept their thoughts, feelings and body sensations in positive ways.
The course is designed to help young people to better understand how Mindfulness can be another proactive tool in their toolbox for coping when they may experience periods of mental ill health.
For more details on this free programme, click here.
Below is a list of of surgeries offering the vaccine. Please check below what surgery you attend and where you need to go for your Jab i.e. if you are a Thornhills patient you will get your jab from Avicenna.
All Covid-19 vaccinations will be provided through booked appointments. The
list of locations is for information only. Please do not directly contact or visit locations unless you have been invited to attend.
|Site name||Providing vaccinations for|
|Abbey Court Medical Centre, Tunbridge Wells||Kingswood Surgery, Speldhurst & Greggswood Medical Practice, Clanricarde Medical Centre, Grosvenor & St James Medical Practice, Abbey Court Medical Centre, St Andrews Medical Centre, Rusthall Medical Centre, Waterfield House Practice, Lonsdale Medical Centre|
|Avicenna Medical Centre, Leybourne||Thornhills Medical Practice, Snodland Medical Practice, West Malling Group Practice, Wateringbury Surgery, Phoenix Medical Practice|
|Blackthorn Medical Centre, Maidstone||Aylesford Medical Centre, Blackthorn Medical Centre, College Practice|
|Bower Mount Medical Centre, Maidstone||Bower Mount Medical Practice, Bower Mount Medical Practice, The Vine Medical Centre, Northumberland Court|
|Greensands Branch Surgery (Loose), Maidstone||Albion Place Medical Practice, Greensand Health Centre – Stockett Lane, The Mote Medical Practice, Wallis Avenue Surgery|
(Begins week of 11 January)
|Howell Surgery, Northridge Medical Practice, Yalding Surgery, Lamberhurst Surgery, Marden Medical Centre, Old Parsonage Surgery, Old School Surgery, Crane Practice, Malling Four Health (Staplehurst), Wish Valley Surgery, Orchard End Surgery|
|Len Valley Branch Surgery (Glebe), Maidstone||Bearsted Medical Practice, Len Valley Practice, Headcorn Surgery, Sutton Valence Surgery, Orchard Surgery (Langley)|
Sevenoaks Medical Centre
(Begins week of 4 January)
|Amherst Medical Practice, Edenbridge Medical Practice, Westerham Practice, Town Medical Centre, Borough Green Medical Practice, Otford Medical Practice, St Johns Medical Practice, South Park Medical Centre|
Tonbridge Baptist Church
(Begins week of 11 January)
|Hildenborough Medical Group, Tonbridge Medical Group (Dunorlan), Warders Medical Centre, Woodlands Health Centre, Hadlow Medical Centre|
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals, some pharmacies and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.
It’s being given to:
You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
for more information about the vaccine priority list click here.
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant. But more evidence is needed before you can be routinely offered the vaccine.
The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you’re pregnant and:
You can have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re breastfeeding.
Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine with you.
You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.
It’s given as 2 doses. You will have the 2nd dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose.
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca.
They have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.
The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.
There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.
This means it is important to:
Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.
Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.
If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.
Tell healthcare staff before you are vaccinated if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
You should not have the vaccine if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to:
Serious allergic reactions are rare. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.
You can report any suspected side effect using the Coronavirus Yellow Card safety scheme.
The 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.
150 000 people with learning difficulties added to vaccine priority list: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56181154
As some of you may be aware Tracey Elmore will be leaving us in July, to move to another part of the country and later on to get married.
The Trustees have appointed Sue Maidens as her replacement, and Sue will take over as Chief Officer on the 26th July. Sue joined us in August last year as the Community Project Co-ordinator, and has had a very unusual time with us because of Covid-19. She brings with her a barrow load of enthusiasm and lots of experience in the Charity Sector, and the Trustees are sure that those of you who have not met her yet, will soon realise what she has to offer.
We are all looking forward to when we reopen, and when you can say your goodbyes to Tracey.
Mid Kent Mind are excited to share that some of our face-to-face services will be returning this May – providing our clients and service users with the opportunity to take part in some of our groups and services, and, crucially, with the chance to once again network with people in a face to face capacity.
All of our in-person services will be using a measured and appropriate approach – with measures put in place to ensure that our sessions are COVID-secure. Our in-building sessions will be running at a limited capacity to ensure that appropriate social distancing measures can be put in place, and our outdoors activities will also have social distancing measures in place to ensure that the safety of our clients and service users is paramount throughout.
You can find more details about this return to service, and some of the measures in place, here.
Mid Kent Mind are continuing to offer a weekly virtual Wellbeing Café for young people living in the Mid Kent area – providing them with access to a moderated safe space where they can take part in wellbeing activities and benefit from peer-to-peer support.
Our virtual youth wellbeing café is takes the format of a ZOOM room which is facilitated and run by Mid Kent Mind Wellbeing Workers – who will arrange a series of activities like quizzes for young people to take part in, whilst also offering them additional support around any problems which they may be experiencing.
MKM are currently offering two different groups – one from 4pm – 5pm for young people between the ages of 9 and 13, and one from 5:30pm – 6:30pm for young people between the ages of 14 and 18.
For more details on this service, and how young people can access it, please visit the Mid Kent mind website.
Mind and Body is an award-winning programme from we are with you which helps young people to explore and better manage the thoughts and actions associated with self-harm. They support young people to improve their wellbeing. The programme has been developed in consultation with young people and mental health professionals and draws on the experience of We Are With You (formerly Addaction) in delivering evidence-based early interventions with young people.We are commissioned by Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to work with young people aged between 13-25 years old in Kent and 18-25 years old in Medway. We support those who are identified as being vulnerable to specified self-harming behaviours. These behaviours include (but are not limited to) cutting, burning, picking, bruising, scratching, self-poisoning and self-strangulation.Mind and Body delivers programmes in school and community settings. Additionally, they also offer family support and training packages. All of their services are free of charge to those they support.
To download the self referral form and with are with you guide book click the download buttons below.
Mid-Kent Mind have two more Bounce Back dates left for young people in Maidstone – with one date taking place at the end of this month, and an additional date taking place later into May. The course includes:
These are the last dates which will be available as part of the Maidstone Early Help Programme for 2021/2022.
For more details click here.
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.
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 special needs consultant Dr Mark Brown (www.shsn.co.uk), who has over 30 years experience of working with individuals with neurodiverse issues. During this session Mark will explore difficulties associated with sleep and children with special needs and provide tips for getting better sleep.
This workshop will take place on 29th April 2021 at 7pm via Zoom. It is free and booking is essential via Eventbrite www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/148762236855.
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 29th April 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 29th April 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 29th April 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 email@example.com.
Mid Kent Mind are offering a brand-new, four-week programme of one hour sessions for young people between the ages of nineteen and eighteen – known as ‘Life After Lockdown’.
This new programme aims to provide young people with a safe space to explore social networks, isolation, and also how we manage our relationships following the long-term lockdown which has been necessary during the pandemic. We hope that by exploring these subject areas, we will provide young people with the chance to reflect on the anxieties which may be facing them today.
All spaces on these courses are available free-of-charge, with courses commencing from the end of this month. Click here for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Message from the Chairman:
Last week my wife had her second ASTRA ZENECA vaccination. This is a lady who normally has a reaction to any jab she has, but no not this time, absolutely no after effects at all and a pain free injection.
Don’t be taken in by all you read and hear on the media, trust the NHS and have your Covid-19 jab. The massive drop in the death rate in the UK must be down to something.
Message from Chief Officer
Are you weighing up the risks and benefits of choosing whether or not to have the Covid vaccine?
I would like to offer some information that may help with your decision. Recently my daughter contracted Covid from school, this was a surprise to not only our family but to her teachers and especially her friends as my daughter is particularly careful upon leaving the house to follow the guidance of wearing a face mask, washing her hands regularly, using hand sanitiser and socially distancing from others. This news was extremely distressing to us as not only were we very worried on how this would affect my daughter who is currently in the midst of taking her A level exams, we were worried how this would affect family members (one vulnerable shielded and one with underlying health conditions) who my daughter was so very keen in protecting.
Our family had taken the decision earlier this year to protect ourselves from Covid and had the vaccine, (Astro Zeneca and Pfizer). Throughout our isolation period my daughter kept herself to her room, we made sure that any areas outside of her room that she went into were thoroughly cleaned. My daughter experienced flu like symptoms, a persistent cough and extreme tiredness. She lost both her sense of taste and smell but not her appetite. Her symptoms carried on for just over a week, during this time period family members took Covid lateral flow tests and I am happy to say that no members became ill or displayed any symptoms at all and we continue to take these tests.
My daughter has now recovered and the only symptom to persist is the no sense of taste or smell. I thoroughly believe that without the protection of the vaccines members of my family would have required hospitalisation and I am so very glad that we made the decision to have the vaccine. I would recommend to everyone 100% to have the vaccine not only for your protection but for your peace of mind against Covid.
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”.
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.
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:
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/
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.
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
For more details, and to book a space, please visit their website here.
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
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