Mental health problems can affect any of us at any time in our lives. For most people who experience mental health issues, your first place to get help should be your doctor, who can often refer you to other professionals.
Working out what to say to your doctor about your mental health can be hard. Doc Ready is a free service which could help you prepare for your first visit.
Other places you can get support
There is other support available throughout Kent, depending on they type of help you are looking for.
Support for all
- Every Mind Matters to get useful tips and guides to help look after you and your family.
- Release the pressure talk to a highly trained and experienced team available 24/7 to provide expert support.
- Live Well Kent is a community mental health support service to help you with everyday living, to keep active and healthy, and meet people.Children and young people's mental health services.
Home, finances and work
- Support if debt is affecting your mental health and find out about benefits and financial support.
- Cost of living support.
- Domestic abuse and refuges.
- Support returning to work.
- Time to change - ending mental health discrimination in the workplace.
- Home essentials in a crisis - may be able to help you with food, furniture and other essentials if you are having serious difficulties managing your income due to a crisis or if you are facing exceptional pressures because of an emergency.
Parents, children and young people
- Visit NHS Mental Wellbeing and Information Hub.
- Kent Baby website or the Bump, Birth and Beyond website - for information, assessment and treatment for mental health during pregnancy and after birth.
- Children and young people's mental health services
- Support for special educational needs and disabled (SEND) children and young people at school with social, emotional and mental health needs.
- Healthy Empowering Relationships Advisory (HERA) - is for 10 to 18 year old girls, young women and those who are gender diverse who would benefit from some extra support to improve their wellbeing and develop positive relationships as a result of their life experiences.
- Emotional wellbeing participation - for young people and their families who have experience of using mental health and emotional wellbeing services.
- Kent sheds - is an open, friendly place where men can meet, chat and undertake activities such as DIY projects or gardening.
- Where to get LGBTQ support.
- NHS mental health support for veterans.
- Advocacy - someone to speak up on your behalf if you have mental health needs in Kent.
- Kent Enablement and Recovery service for mental health - works with people experiencing mental health difficulties to address social care needs over a short period of time.