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Ben’s Ironman Challenge

Ben Alexander completed his Ironman Challenge in an incredible 12 hours and 2 minutes. What a phenomenal achievement! On his return home Ben said the challenge included ‘some of the worst and best moments of his life’. Ben chose to fundraise for us and raised an amazing £3,300. You can still support Ben on his JustGiving page. Ben’s training and journey to Austria on 2 July to compete in the Klagenfurt Ironman competition was prompted by his response to the death of a rugby coach at the hands of depression and although Ben didn’t know him too...

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Staff VIP tickets for Robbie Williams

Four lucky staff members were very kindly given VIP tickets to see Robbie Williams in concert at the London Stadium on Friday 23 June. Local actor, producer and business man Mark Harris generously donated the VIP tickets. The staff who went had a wonderful time, they reported feeling thoroughly spoilt and that it was a night to remember.  Our thanks go to Mark for gifting such an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity. Mark said: “It was really emotional to go and drop the tickets off. I just wanted to do something to make someone feel...

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The Sky is NOT the Limit!

Congratulations to our brave supporter Amy Welland. Amy and her friend Hannah took on the challenge of a tandem sky dive at Headcorn. Organised through Skyline, a tandem sky dive is an exhilarating experience flying through the clouds from over 10,000 feet at up to 120 mph. Amy has already raised an amazing £900 and you can still lend your support on her JustGiving page. Amy had never raised money for charity and is thrilled to be able to give something back.  She said: “Mind have really helped me this past year and I feel stronger as a...

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Otford Charity Football Match

Our thanks to PSCO Jane Wright for organising the Otford Charity Football Match which took place last week. A team from Kent Police battled it out in the sunshine against Otford Football Club. All players donated their time to raise funds for West Kent Mind and with a brilliant raffle the total raised was £727! Congratulations to Kent Police for winning 2-1.  Jane has been organising the event for nine years and said this is the biggest sum raised to support a local charity. Thanks to everyone...

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RideLondon 2017

RideLondon is the planet’s largest annual cycling fundraising event. It’s the flagship of the Mayor of London’s cycling programme to encourage people to cycle more often and more safely. Since the launch of RideLondon in 2013 over £17 million has been raised for good causes. On Sunday 30 July we have two cyclists of our own fundraising for us, Gavin Barden and Rob Westwood.They will be taking on the 100 mile route from London into the countryside of Surrey to raise awareness and funds for West Kent Mind. With the money raised we will be...

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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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