Get mental health help now

Call 0800 107 0160 to speak to someone in our highly trained and experienced Mental Health Matters team.

The Mental Health Matters phone line is free, confidential and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service is provided by an independent charity and funded by us.

If you have taken an overdose or harmed yourself, phone 999 immediately or go directly to your nearest NHS Accident & Emergency (A&E) department.


Call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 for 24 hour support. They also offer support by email, letter and face-to-face.

Support from the NHS

Via your GP

Your GP should be your first point of call for any non-emergency medical concerns including mental health.

After speaking to you about your concerns, your GP will be able to signpost you to appropriate services.


The NHS offer a range of services and treatments for mental health, some of which do not require a GP referral.

Learn more about self-referred NHS mental health support.

Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust (KMPT)

KMPT also provide secondary mental health services and support including:

  • community mental health
  • crisis resolution
  • telephone support.

Visit the KMPT website for mental health support and contact details.

Children and young people's mental health services

Get the contact information if you need to get help for a child or young person.

Kent and Medway Safe Havens

If you are feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed or you are unsure where to turn to get mental health support, contact the Kent and Medway Safe Havens.

Visit the Kent Medway Safe Havens website for support and contact details.

The service is available out of hours for those aged anyone over 16 in Kent.