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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

We’ve been chosen by Kent County Council to run a programme of free Suicide Awareness and Prevention training across Kent. Every suicide is a tragic event which has a devastating impact on friends and family, and can be felt across the whole community. It’s a difficult and often taboo subject, however we can all learn to listen to and help someone who is having suicidal...

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Way to go Warners

Local firm Warners Solicitors and Handlesbanken will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in July 2018. The challenge involves climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) within 24 hours. The team have set themselves an ambitious target of £10,000 for West Kent Mind and will be holding various fundraising events throughout the year. The team of 10 hikers and 3 support drivers will travel to Fort William and start their challenge with Ben Nevis, before taking on Scafell Pike in the Lake...

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Fun run turns park BLUE

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first family fun run on Sunday. We managed to turn Knole Park briefly blue when over 200 runners, walkers and their families took on the 5km route through the park, all sporting outfits in various shades of blue. With a rare burst of October sun and the deer watching curiously on, this fantastic fundraiser raised £2040. This helps us to continue supporting local people. With one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem in any given year it’s important for us all to find ways to look after our...

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Community Allotment Project

We’re delighted to announce a new community allotment project opening in Tonbridge on Friday 20 October. This is a great community space for people to come together and grow together. No previous experience necessary as Jane, our Wellbeing Project Worker and professional gardener, will be on hand. This is a partnership project with Clarion Housing....

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Solace Café update

The new Solace Café in Tonbridge has supported over 160 people with mental health problems in its first 5 months. The café, which opened on 20 April 2017, offers a welcoming safe space for anyone who feels they may be at risk of a mental health crisis. As intended, the café has reduced the demand on other key out-of hours-services. 29 people said they used the Solace Café instead of going to A&E 47 said they used the café instead of contacting the NHS Crisis Team 2 said they used the café instead of calling the police Clients have said...

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Summer Success partnering with Charlton Athletic and NCS

This summer we partnered with Charlton Athletic working alongside The National Citizen Service (NCS) to deliver 15 one hour workshops to 560 students aged 17 years. The workshops were interactive and covered content about West Kent Mind’s role in the local community. Topics included stigma and discrimination around mental health, what is mental health, influences on our wellbeing, social media, and looking after our mental health and wellbeing. The National Citizen Service NCS is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England. It helps young...

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Ride Across Britain

Over 9 days from 9 September, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, Nick and Peter will Ride Across Britain. That’s 969 miles averaging over 100 miles a day and climbing over 40,000ft. It’s a gruelling challenge both physically and mentally. Nick and Peter have joined together to raise money for West Kent Mind and Sense. You can support their epic challenge on their VirginMoneyGiving page. Peter says: “West Kent Mind do a brilliant job of raising awareness in the local community and as fathers to a combined 7 young...

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Raise money through easyfundraising

There is an easy way that you can support West Kent Mind when doing your online shopping. By creating a free account with easyfundraising, we receive a donation every time you buy something online from one of the many retailers who support easyfundraising. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you anything! To date we have raised over £1200 with easyfundraising. Simply follow these steps to set up an easyfundraising account: 1.     Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/westkentmind 2.     Click on “Join us” under the West Kent Mind logo 3.     Enter...

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New Stress Less programme

Starting on Tuesday 12 September, Stress Less is a new free 6 week programme to help you learn tools and techniques to manage stress better. Mindfulness, breathing exercises, guided meditations and movement together with a safe and confidential space for discussion can help you to feel calmer and less...

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Supported Housing vacancy

We  currently have vacancies in our supported houses. The houses offer a safe and secure environment in which people who have had or who are recovering from mental health problems can work, with our support staff and at their own pace, towards increasing levels of independence prior to moving on. Read more on our Supported Housing page. For more information on the scheme and on how to apply, contact the Supported Housing team by email or on 01732 744950. Applications should be submitted by Friday 1 September....

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