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North Kent Mind, The Almshouses, 20 West Hill Dartford, Kent, DA1 2EP

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Wellbeing Services

Wellbeing Services

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Many different services are provided by this department: they are all open to anyone aged 18 or over who has a mental health issue and lives within the Dartford, Gravesham or Swanley area. We work with around 350 people a year in these services.

1. Open Sessions/Activity Sessions

These run at the following times and venues:

Mondays 11.30-1.30

Riverside Centre

Dickens Road

Gravesend

DA12 2JY

Tuesdays 11.00-2.00

Methodist Church Hall

43 Spital Street

Dartford

DA12DX

Wednesdays 11.00-2.00

White Oak Leisure Centre

Hilda May Avenue

Swanley

BR87BT

To access open sessions, just turn up during a session or contact us

For more information click here Wellbeing Services Schedule

 

2. Short Courses

Coping With Life Courses

These are 6 week courses in which small groups of about 10 people work through a facilitated programme which helps them understand the psychological mechanisms behind mental health issues, and learn to practice to use the tools which will help them overcome these. The courses we run, at venues throughout North Kent are:

  • Improving Self-Esteem, Confidence and Assertiveness Skills
  • Managing Anxiety and Stress
  • Managing Depression

We run these at various times of the year. To access Coping with Life Courses, contact us

For more information click here : Coping With Life Courses

Mindfulness Course

A 6 week course in Mindfulness which has recently been gaining a solid reputation as a way of helping people with their mental well-being. Mindfulness is about Awareness — paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you. About 8-10 people take part on every course.

To access our Mindfulness course ring the office or contact us

Drama Course

In association with the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, we run a 13 week Drama Course. Participants are engaged in script-writing, puppet-making, improvisation, a trip to a show, and at the end get to perform the piece they have created during the course.

To access the Drama Course ring the office or contact us

3. Support Groups

Time for Change Group

The Time for Change Group is an intensive group experience with about 8 members in the group. It meets in Dartford on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, with a break after every 10 weeks. Participants can stay with the group for slightly over a year. The group enables people to look at past and present experiences, and how they can learn from these to make changes in their life and way of being. It has been found to be particularly useful to people who have a diagnosis of personality disorder.

To access the Time for Change Group ring the office or contact us

Recovery Group

This is for people who have already undertaken some clear steps to work towards their recovery: for instance, in a Coping with Life Course, or through Counselling or other Talking Therapies, and now require a short period (up to 6 months) of support and consolidation of their progress in a small (about 8 members) mutually supportive group environment. The group meets Thursday afternoons in Dartford.

To access the recovery Group ring the office or contact us

4. Stand-Alone Activities

Computer Group

This is a small group (about 12 members) who are learning how to use computers in a friendly, unpressured and supportive environment. It meets Friday afternoons 12.30 – 2.30.

at:

The Adult Education Centre, Summerhill Rd, Dartford DA1 2LP

To access the group, contact the office.

 

5.  Agoraphobia Service

This service offers individual support to people who are trying to achieve clear goals in their life, helping them overcome the fears that limit their ability to function in the world.

People wishing to use this service will be assessed at home, and where they are taken on by the service, a trained volunteer mentor will be matched with them. The mentor will then meet up with them in their home, or somewhere in the local community, for up to a couple of hours a week to help them move toward their goals: this mentoring relationship aims to bring people to a support group after a 12 week programme. We work with 6 people at any one time through this service, but there can be a waiting list as the service is very popular.

To access this service contact us.

Mentoring for Agoraphobia Leaflet

6. Other Services

Options

We run a service user panel for Wellbeing Services, where people who use Wellbeing Services can stand for election to this panel, which meets regularly to inform and guide our service. From time to time, the panel may also arrange social events such as trips out, a barbeque or meal in a restaurant. If you are someone who uses Wellbeing service, and would like to be part of this, then contact us

 

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North Kent Mind's fee-paying counselling services can also be found on The Counselling Directory

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