We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.
Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life. People can feel uncomfortable talking about mental health and how they feel but it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.
- Mental health problems rarely happen overnight and usually appear gradually. They often start with gradual changes in your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
- Mental health problems are common. 1 in 4 people will have a mental illness at some point in their lives.
- You may want support if you have noticed changes in the way you think or feel which cause problems in your day-to-day life.
- If you think you need help, try to get treatment as soon as you can. Seeking help early can speed up your recovery.
We have compiled some links to national organisations to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing:
Getting Advice about Mental Health
The first step to getting some mental health support is to visit your GP and explain how you feel. GPs are experienced in dealing with mental health problems, so try to be open about how you have been feeling. You might find it hard to discuss personal problems, or struggle to find the words to explain how you feel. If you do struggle you might find it helpful to try the following.
- Ask your GP for a double appointment. This will give you more time to talk to the doctor.
- Take a friend or relative to the appointment. They can help you to explain things to the GP.
- Write down what you would like to say before the appointment. You could also make notes of your symptoms and questions you would like to ask.
- There is an online tool called Doc Ready that can help you get ready to discuss your mental health with your GP. To see this tool go to: DOC READY
Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services:
NHS Talking Therapy Services Therapy and Counselling (for ages 17+)
- Have you seen your GP or Doctor and they have recommended you see a counsellor and get some therapy?
- Are you feeling stressed or depressed or anxious or struggling with a phobia?
- Or if you are looking for someone to help you through a difficult time in life, maybe a friend or relative has died or you’re struggling with fertility or if you have lost your job?
- Why not refer yourself into see a NHS funded therapist? You can find listings of your local services.
The Kent and Medway Partnership Trust
The Kent and Medway Partnership Trust (KMPT) deliver secondary mental health care in east Kent. To find out how to get in touch with them go to https://www.kmpt.nhs.uk
Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services – Live Well Kent:
Live Well Kent is the community based mental health support service. You can refer yourself or someone else into these services, email them at email@example.com or call 0800 567 7699 or go to https://livewellkent.org.uk/
Children & Young People’s Mental Health
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you want some hints and tips on parenting? MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family and how to take care of yourself. For more go to: https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/
Sometimes a child or young person will want to speak or text someone for quick advice, help or support. We have pulled together a list of services that are available to support children and young people.
Children & Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS)
The North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) provides the county wide Children & Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS). There is a single point of access for referrals to the new service and referrals will be welcomed from all sources.
Address: Kent Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service, 12 Foster Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6NH | Telephone: 0300 123 4496 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or to access the referral form, click here.
Children and Young Persons Mental Health service patient leaflet
If you are a carer of someone with mental health problems and you believe that your caring role has had an impact on your mental health and wellbeing you should be able to get a carer’s assessment from your local authority. You can find out more information from:
East Kent Mental Health Commissioning Team
The East Kent Mental Health Team are working to deliver better mental health care for adults in East Kent. They developed the The East Kent Mental Health Strategy 2016 – 2021 to set out the priorities for improving mental health for the adult population of east Kent for 2016 to 2021. To read about the progress please download their bulletin 2019.
The East Kent Mental Health Commissioning Team is working with people who use the service, carers and anyone else who is interested in shaping mental health services in the future. If you are interested in getting involved or want to join the mailing list, or want to comment on services please email the team at: email@example.com.