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ASIST in Tonbridge

Announcing a new Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) at the Tonbridge Baptist Church on 11 and 12 September. ASIST is the foremost practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Most people considering suicide share their distress and their intent. This valuable training can help us see and respond to these invitations to help. We are delighted to offer this 2-day training at only £150 on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 September. Read more and book your place(s) from our ASIST page....

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Our Marathon Runners

All 5 of our London Marathon runners successfully completed their 26.2 miles on Sunday 23 April. It was a Mental Health marathon with the Heads Together campaign being spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. So it was fantastic for some of the runners to see them before the race, at the start line and at the Heads Together Reception afterwards. Our runner Caroline reported: “At the start of the day the running conditions were perfect, although it did get a bit warm for those still out on the course after 4 or...

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New Coping with Life programmes

Does the way you think affect the way you feel? Perhaps thinking about the future makes you anxious. Or thoughts about the past make you depressed. Or your harsh inner critic makes you feel bad about yourself. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Coping with Life offers two programmes to help you challenge unhelpful thinking and make positive changes. ‘Managing Depression’ and ‘Managing Stress and Anxiety’ are coming to Ashford, Edenbridge, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks. Each programme consists of six 90 minute classes. The...

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Mental health training for those working with young people

We are pleased to announce a new programme of free training to support the mental health of vulnerable children and young people. The programme offers the acclaimed Youth Mental Health First Aid training, and also the training for you to become a licensed facilitator of our popular Mind Fitness sessions. The training is free if your work involves supporting children and young people who are more at risk of developing mental health problems. Find out more about eligibility and the courses you can now apply for on our Children & Young...

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Jenny Godfrey on KMFM

Recently Princes William and Harry spoke of their personal mental health challenges. This raised discussion about the stigma that surrounds mental health problems. It also hopefully encouraged those experiencing a mental health problem to speak out and get the support they need. Our Community Development Manager Jenny Godfrey was interviewed by KMFM about the significance and impact of the Princes speaking out. Follow this link to hear the 2 minute clip. “A Kent charity has welcomed Princes William and Harry speaking out about mental...

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Dame Kelly Holmes 2016 Marathon

We were delighted to receive £8,665 from Dame Kelly Holmes’ 2016 marathon running fundraising this week. Middle distance athlete Dame Kelly Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events. She won a gold medal in both distances at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In 2016 she set herself the challenge of running the London Marathon and completed it in an amazing 3 hours 11 minutes. Dame Kelly said: “I am pleased to be continuing to raise money for Mind UK and West Kent Mind to support the great work they do in providing support and...

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Cheers Robin!

A big CHEERS to Robin Philpot for abstaining from alcohol for six months and raising money for us here at West Kent Mind. Rob would like to thank everyone that supported him on his alcohol free journey and made donations. Rob raised a brilliant £550 which will ensure we can continue supporting people in the local community with mental health...

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Ironman Challenge

Ben Alexander is competing in the Ironman Austria event on 2 July, and is fundraising for us. His choice is due in part to the death of a rugby coach at the hands of depression and although Ben didn’t know him too well, he was friends with a whole community and his loss was both sudden and tragic. Ben says: “It didn’t seem inconceivable that this could one day be me or one of my friends and I felt I needed to do something proportionate to the challenge at hand. All in an effort to raise awareness for what is a largely misunderstood condition...

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Building Bridges Challenge

The Headteacher at Sevenoaks Primary School, Mr Alan Duffy, is to complete a 25km ‘Building Bridges’ walk to raise funds for the school and awareness of wellbeing and mental health. West Kent Mind suggested the title ‘Building Bridges’ following a successful partnership with the school in delivering education about wellbeing, mental health, early intervention and prevention to the teaching and support staff. All at West Kent Mind wish Mr Alan Duffy both physical and mental strength for this challenge. To find out more...

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D’Vine Singers concert

The D’Vine Singers held a fundraising concert on Saturday 7 March. It was a great event! As well D’Vine in full voice, there was strong representation from Edenbridge in the form of accomplished folk singer Sue Rule, the Eden Djembe Drummers, and the Eden Songsters. Ann Ransom performed a couple of moving solo spots, as did the professional singers Nicola Wydenbach and her colleague Barbara O’Neill, accompanied by pianist Siobhain O’Higgins. D’Vine was set up in 2014 as part of a study into the benefits of singing for...

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