Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May 2021. This year, join the fight for mental health.
During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. And we’ve seen that the support we all need just isn’t out there.
For them, for us and for you – we must take this chance to step up the fight for mental health. That means fighting for change, for fairness, for respect and for life-changing support.
How you can get involved
Speak out and share why you’re fighting. Whether you use social media or simply speak with friends, family or colleagues – mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 by telling those around you why you’ve joined the fight for mental health and help create a movement for change.
Donate. With your help, we can lead the fight for mental health together, while continuing to give support to those of us with a mental health problem.
Spread the word
We’ve got lots of resources to help you share why you’re fighting for mental health – from posters to social media graphics, available in both English and Welsh.
Speaking out isn’t the only way you can help. Through giving a donation, you can help support, protect and save lives.
Live Well Kent and Medway Recovery and Community Inclusion Programme
Social Skills Open Session
Weekly, Saturdays, 2 hours, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, Digital A weekly session hosted digitally on Saturday mornings. Engagement for the isolated, paving the way for individuals to join in-person services. Focusing on peer support, engagement, making connections, developing confidence, task-based activities, and social skills.
Recovery Based Activities Session
Weekly, Wednesdays, 2 hours, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, Digital – moving to in-person in key community venues Activities sessions to promote inclusion and challenge stigma. Scheduled activities include crafts and art, physical activities such as Tai Chi. Social skills enhanced, developing confidence, recovery based activities, integrating with community, and making connections with peers.
Coping with Life Courses
Various dates and times, Digital – moving to blended; in-person and digital. Spaces limited. Coping with Life Courses help people to learn and develop coping strategies using cognitive behavioural techniques and psychoeducational methods. 1.5 hours weekly over 7 weeks and includes tasks to complete at home.
Participants develop an understanding of how the interrelationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour help to maintain depression. Enables participants to identify strategies and develop skills that will help to change this cycle
Managing Anxiety and Stress
Participants develop an understanding of what anxiety is and how it is maintained and identify cause and effects of stress. The course looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Participants learn how confidence-building, problem solving, and relaxation help to reduce anxiety and manage stress more effectively.
Participants understand how thoughts and beliefs maintain low self-esteem and undermine assertiveness. Participants learn and develop skills to change these cycles. This teaches individuals to recognise value, handle criticism, say no and avoid being taken advantage of. It introduces ideas on how to develop self-confidence and provides opportunities to practice strategies and skills with other participants to build and maintain self-confidence and assertiveness
Various dates, Thursdays, 10 am –12 pm Digital moving to blended; in-person and digital. Spaces Limited A 7-week introductory course in Mindfulness instruction, paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings, and to the world around us. 1.5 hours weekly over 7 weeks.
(Medway Central only)Individual Placement Support, search and skills sessions weekly, support with job searching – identifying suitable opportunities, providing tools to move forward in competitive employment. Provision of appropriate benefits advice forms via ‘better off’ calculations and referrals to supporting agencies as appropriate. Regular group Preparing for Work Modules; for peer engagement and learning soft skills.
Digital Inclusion Support
We offer a Tablet Loan Scheme for those unable to join any of the above due to a lack of equipment. We also offer support with enabling basic skills to be able to engage with the above services digitally. Limited availability.
How to join. Please contact us at 01322 291380. or email LiveWellKentMedway@northkentmind.co.uk The above services are for residents 17+ from; Medway Central, Medway Peninsula, Strood, Rochester. Not linked in yet or not resident in the above areas or unsure? We can help with support information and advice.
February 2022 intake
Coping with Life ; Depression
February 2022 intake
Coping with Life: Managing Anxiety and Stress
Coping with Life; Improving Self-esteem,Confidence, and Assertiveness
The above require a minimum of 8 attendees and a maximum of 15.
All courses are subject to being facilitated digitally pending pandemic circumstances
The Coproduction Panel
We consult with people with lived experience to inform the development and decisions regarding all of our services. We value the feedback from people who attend or have attended our services. Email or speak us to enquire about our monthly panel and how we support representatives.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed our idea of what’s normal, but you can start returning to what feels right for you with free clinically proven mental health support from SilverCloud, a trusted provider to the NHS.
As the United Kingdom and other countries begin to see a path towards an easing of social restrictions and the beginning of some form of a return to normal life, we recognise that this period comes with added challenges to our wellbeing.
SilverCloud wants to help with this process of recovery and support people’s journey to better wellbeing.
Do you live with, or care for, someone with a mental health problem? We recognise the importance of supporting people who are supporting others, so we are running a Mindfulness course specifically for you. This 5 week course will introduce you to Mindfulness Meditation practice, and simple techniques to help you cope with the stress of daily life, which will help you to improve your mental health wellbeing and build your resilience. The course will take place online via Zoom and each session will last for 90 minutes. (I.T support for Zoom is available).
ONLINE – VIA ZOOM TUESDAY 23RD MARCH – 20TH APRIL 2021 – 12PM – 1.30PM
Since coronavirus, the NHS has been providing more mental health support by telephone or online. This works better for some people than others – by sharing your experiences you could help make sure it’s done right.
A friendly online group for young people in 6th form or their 1st year of university. This is a safe space to support each other and prepare for the challenges that come with starting university. Topics may include; challenges with COVID-19, Mindfulness skills for managing stress, creating an effective coursework structure etc. This group is peer led which means we focus on whatever you want support with (to download poster please click here).
Wednesday’s 1-2pm via ZOOM (starting 13th January 2021)
A friendly and relaxed space for adults with mental health issues to connect with others. Informal chats about a range of IT/Internet issues including keeping safe online, accessing the internet via laptops/mobile phones and help with Microsoft applications are covered. (IT support for Zoom is available).
As part of our celebration of International Men’s day, we will be launching our online peer support session on the 19th October. The session will provide a safe space (via Zoom) to connect with others through conversation, mindful activities and shared interests.
ONLINE – VIA ZOOM Thursday 19th October: 6.00pm-7.30pm