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New Domestic Abuse Service for Men Opens in Kent

A new confidential Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment Service, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner will support male victims in Kent and Medway. 

In a first for Kent, a new victims service wholly focused on men will offer support to male victims of domestic abuse. The new Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment Service will be managed by Ashford based charity Dads Unlimited and has secured two years funding for this vital service from the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment Service also known as ‘DAVE’ will make a huge difference across the county to the estimated one in six men who are, or have been, victims of domestic abuse.

Please see more information about this new service attached

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Suicide&Co Counselling Service

Navigating suicide bereavement can be hard. Suicide loss is devastating and quite often adds complicated layers to the already difficult grieving process.

We want to give those bereaved access to a safe space where they can work through this grief with trained counsellors. We offer up to 12 sessions of counselling and people can apply by simply filling out our online form (https://www.suicideandco.org/counselling-application-form) someone will then be in touch within 48 hours to discuss the application.

All sessions are happening via video call for the foreseeable future, but we will send a revised version of this document when we change that due to the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Please find information providing more details on the service and eligibility criteria attached

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Mindfulness and Me Sessions (18+)

Mid Kent Mind are offering more Mindfulness sessions for adults in the Mid Kent area thanks to generous funding from The Cobtree Charity Trust.
 
This 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 on this programme, and how to book a space, please click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/adult-virtual-mindfulness-sessions/

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space2beme zoom meetings

Space 2 Be Me are pleased to share details of our Virtual Space 2 Talk drop-in sessions for September – December.

We are continuing to use a booking system for these sessions. To book, please go to the relevant Eventbrite link:

September 17th 12pm  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168614714149

October 11th 8pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168618256745

November 10th 10am https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168619478399

December 7th 1pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168620334961

If you have any issues with booking, please email support@space2beme.org.uk.

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FREE Virtual Peer-Support Quiz For Young People

Mid Kent Mind are offering free spaces on a virtual Quiz session for young people later this September – titled ‘Big Fat Quiz Of The Summer’.
 
As part of the Reconnect Programme, Mid Kent Mind are delighted to share another project delivered in partnership with Youth Resilience UK – our Big Fat Quiz Of The Summer.
 
Let’s start with the most important thing – this isn’t a competitive session, and we don’t want young people to feel as though they have to compare themselves to others by taking part in these sessions. This Quiz session is all about bringing young people together and providing a safe space and time where young people can meet new people, network, and build a support network of friends who can support them as they return to school this September.
 
We hope that by giving young people an event to look forward to, we can provide young people with a well-being boost so that they feel positive and prepared for their return to the school environment. The key aim here is to encourage a positive sense of well-being – with the quiz just being a medium through which we can bring people together.
 
We know that balancing engagement with the quiz is important, too – so young people who do take part and win the quiz will have a chance to win an Amazon Voucher. We’re keen to stress that the focus isn’t a competitive one. Rather, we’re encouraging young people to take part and we hope they feel a sense of achievement from taking a step towards networking with other young people.
 
For more details, people are encouraged to visit:
https://www.maidstonemind.org/big-fat-quiz-summer-reconnect-programme/

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Mid-Kent Mind mindfull quizzing

This group is all themed around bringing young people together during the Summer Holidays – encouraging them to make new friends and experience the benefits of peer support whilst also developing their understanding of how doing things which they enjoy can have benefits for their wellbeing. 

Every week young people who take part in the Social Quiz will have the opportunity to win a £5 Amazon Voucher – with the hope being that this will provide an incentive for young people to proactively engage with the group. 

For details on how to register your interest, please visit the mid kent mind website.

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FREE Training For Parents/Carers Wanting To Learn About Youth Mental Health

We are delighted to share that, thanks to funding through the HeadStart Kent programme, we are able to offer free 1/2 Day MHFA Youth training for Parents & Carers across Kent.

This training provides a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers to learn more about the problems which face their young people, and crucially, how they can support them with their mental health and wellbeing.

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 on how to book, please click here.

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Space2beme summer activities

Space 2 Be Me are delighted to announce their summer programme of face to face events and activities, details of which are available on their website https://space2beme.org.uk/tag/event/  These consist of both family events, and Space 2 Be Me Time activities (giving parents and carers some time to themselves).

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Drop-In Youth Wellbeing Café

Did you know that Mid Kent Mind provide a safe, virtual drop-in space for young people between the ages of 9 and 18?
 
Our Youth Wellbeing Café takes place every week on a Tuesday, providing a drop-in session which young people can access between 4pm and 5pm. The Café aims to provide young people with a safe space where they can seek support from both our staff and their peers whilst also taking part in fun activities like quizzes, crafts and more.
 
There is no cost to attend our Wellbeing Café sessions – but notifying us that a young person may attend is useful in allowing us to prepare for additional numbers.
 
For more details, click here.

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Virtual Bingo on the 24th June

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 24th June 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://www.paypal.com/instantcomm…/checkout/DGRBKLT5D6TE8.

3. During the day on the 24th June 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 24th June 2021. Any tickets purchased after the cut-off time will be rolled over to the next virtual bingo session in June.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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Free Budgeting Course with CAP

CAP is running a free course to help you manage your money better and lean to budget, save and spend well.

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FREE Coping with Life Courses

Mid Kent Mind are continuing to offer FREE spaces on our Coping with Life programme for individuals who are registered with Live Well Kent.
 
Over the course of a five-week programme, people will have the opportunity to learn more about Anxiety, Stress and Depression, and will allow them to explore these problems and learn more about positive and proactive coping mechanisms can be used to manage them.
 
This course aims to equip people with the tools and the knowledge to overcome adversities which they may face throughout life.
 
For more details, click here.

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Space2beme Puberty Workshop

This space2beme parent workshop will focus on puberty in children and young people with additional needs led by Dr Mark Brown, who has over 30 years experience of working with individuals with neurodiverse issues.

Mark will explore the issues faced by children and teenagers with a learning disability and/or autism, when they are going through puberty, and the impact this can have on their family and wider circle. Topics covered will include:-

•Identifying the characteristics of puberty that can have a significant effect on young people

•Providing an understanding of anger management related to puberty

•Practical approaches which can be taken to address inappropriate sexualised behaviours

•How it’s never too early to start planning for puberty

The session will take place on 17th June 2021 at 7pm via Zoom and is free.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding restrictions, families from Maidstone (including non-members) will be prioritised for this event, then members, and finally families in West Kent. Register via Eventbrite and we will check your eligibility. We will only contact you if there is an issue, otherwise assume your booking remains. 

Please click below to book:

Puberty Workshop  – Hosted by Space 2 Be Me 

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Next Round Of FREE Mental Health Awareness Training Launched For Mental Health Awareness Week

Mid Kent Mind are excited to be able to debut the next lot of dates for our highly-demanded Mental Health Awareness Training – just in time to mark the importance of Mental Health Awareness Week.
 
These free sessions cover a range of different topics – including Stress, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, and more. New for this batch of dates is a brand-new course looking at Psychosis, as well as the removal of charges for our Social Media and Mental Health course – meaning there are now more options than ever under our free ‘Mental Health Awareness’ training.
 
For more details on all the new dates, and how you can access them, please visit our website.

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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

Aspirations summer activities 

We wanted to keep you up to date with the activities we have planned for this summer. Anyone signed up to Aspirations can take part in the events and we are now able to offer a range of both virtual and in person events.

They are all completely free and there is no expectation to take part in a specific number of activities – people can choose which ones work best for them.

If you or someone you know could benefit from support from Aspirations please get in touch. You can find out more on our website or email us at aspirations@porchlight.org.uk

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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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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VRU Survey for young people

The Kent Police Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has put together a little survey for young people to hear what their thoughts are on their community and any change they would like to see. It’s a simple survey and non intrusive. to take part click here.

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FREE Mindfulness Sessions For Young People

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.

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Some Face-to-Face Services Return To Mid Kent Mind

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.

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We are with you mind and body

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.

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KCC Family learning courses

To book onto any of the courses below click here.

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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 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.