MIND Mental Health Article

An article from MIND about how to look after your mental health.

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As the winter months begin to roll in and the days get colder & darker, it can be easier for the worse weather to have a negative impact on our mental health. Today, we wanted to raise awareness of some of the mental health support available in the local area for residents in Canterbury and beyond. It is important to note that a lot of our core services take place in Maidstone, but we also have courses which run in the Canterbury area.

So, for anyone struggling, what support is out there? Well, there is more than you think but it can sometimes be a little hard to find. At Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind, we offer a variety of services. The bulk of our core delivery takes the form of community groups here in Maidstone, including: a Gardening Group; a Cookery Group; an Arts and Crafts group; and a Social Group. All of these encourage peer-to-peer support, encouraging interactions with people who may have experienced similar problems and may be able to provide aid and knowledge. This is all accessible once a simple Live Well Kent referral has been completed (which can be found online here: https://livewellkent.org.uk/online-referral-form/).

The second element of our core services are our ‘Coping With’ courses. These take the form of two distinct courses – ‘Coping with Depression’ and ‘Coping with Anxiety and Stress’. These courses are delivered across the Mid-Kent area with some taking place in venues in Canterbury itself. It is always worth keeping an eye on our website for these details. If you wish to access a course but it is not running in Canterbury, Canterbury West frequently runs trains to Maidstone East which is a short fifteen-minute walk from our office space on College Road.

For more details on our community groups, visit here: http://www.maidstonemind.org/maidstone-community-activity-groups/

For more details on our ‘Coping With’ courses, visit here: http://www.maidstonemind.org/coping-mental-health-courses/

However, we appreciate that support in Maidstone will not be accessible for everyone. For those of you looking to access support, the below helplines are incredibly useful:

Samaritans Helpline – Accessible 24/7 – 116 123

Community Mental Health Team – Single Point of Access – 0300 222 0123

Saneline Helpline – 4:30pm – 10:30pm – 0300 304 7000

Papyrus Hopeline – Suicide Prevention in young people under 35 – 0800 068 41 41

Live Well Kent – 0800 567 7699

National Mind Infoline – 0300 123 3393

You can also get in touch with the Canterbury and Coastal Community Mental Health Team by visiting:

https://www.kmpt.nhs.uk/services/canterbury-and-coastal-community-mental-health-team/6912

We hope this article has been useful for you. Thank you to the team at the Gulbenkian and ART31 for working with us to raise awareness of mental health support for those in need. If you have any questions about our services, you can call 01622 692383 or E-Mail mindhelp@mmkmind.org.uk.

Thomas Fishenden

Guest Contributor

Marketing apprentice with Maidestone and Mid-Kent MIND, the mental health charity.