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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10 September each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides. On the day West Kent Mind will play our part by holding two free Suicide Awareness and Prevention workshops at Café 1809 in Hildenborough. Places are limited so apply now! Suicide is a difficult and often taboo subject. However we can all learn how to listen to and help someone who is having suicidal thoughts. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.  It is responsible for...

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A whole school approach to mental health

West Kent Mind and St Michael’s Preparatory School (Otford) lead the way with a whole school approach to mental health awareness. Join us in congratulating the first group of parents to become certified Youth Mental Health Champions. We look forward to training a further 4 groups over the coming academic year. Through our MH4 Schools programme we are working tirelessly to equip both teachers and parents with the knowledge and skills to help our young people cope with the increasing pressure and stress of everyday life. We hope that early...

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Congratulations

Congratulations to Doug Mills who completed the Prudential Ride London 100 on 29 July. Doug completed the event during awful weather conditions in under 7 hours. He has currently raised over £500 in sponsorship and also has a fundraising quiz night planned in...

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Our Youngest Fundraiser

West Kent Mind are proud to introduce our youngest ever fundraiser, Freya Durrell. Aged just 10, Freya has decided that she would like to help individuals who are suffering with poor mental health. She contacted West Kent Mind to see if that would be possible. We are delighted that Freya has chosen to support our charity, and she already has her own JustGiving page where you can support her. Freya says ‘I am fundraising for West Kent Mind because I want to help children and young people suffering.’ We look forward to helping her...

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Blue Hair Day

To mark Mental Health Awareness week, James decided to dye his hair West Kent Mind Blue! A big thank you to James for his continued support....

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Fun Run thanks

We would like to say a big thank you to Lauren Tunwell, Becky Syms and Claire Catterall, all of whom joined in on our BIG BLUE RUN in Knole Park. Their amazing fundraising efforts amounted to over £600 and to add to this AXA PPP Healthcare generously added £150 to their total! Thank you all for your continued support!...

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Friendly Faces at Uplands Community College

Friendly Faces is the initiative of Charlotte Davis-Knowles at Uplands Community College. Charlotte applied for the role of Mental Health Ambassador, part of a student leadership programme at Uplands. Her passion for mental health came from her personal experience with friends and family members in their struggles with mental health challenges. This encouraged her to help support students at her school. Her work now sees her champion a group of volunteer students who have set up a peer to peer support group called Friendly Faces. The focus of...

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14 triathlons in 14 days

Sam Carrington from Blue Motor Finance will be raising money for West Kent Mind by completing 14 triathlons in 14 days. Phew! Sam will be covering a total distance of 16.8 miles rowing, 784 miles cycling and 183.4 miles running in an adapted office environment. The challenge starts on 31 May. To follow Sam’s progress or to donate go to his Virgin Money Giving page. Each day he has set himself the challenge of completing a 1.2 mile row, a 56 mile cycle and a 13.1 mile run. Respect, Good Luck and THANK YOU Sam!    ...

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Sporting Challenges

Are you interested in taking on a sporting challenge and raising money for West Kent Mind? We have places available for the Virgin Sport 10k run and the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100, plus others coming up. Email us to find out...

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MH4 Schools

Evidence suggests that incidents of mental health problems are increasing in children, with 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 experiencing a mental health problem. This is equivalent to about 3 children in every class. In response to these statistics West Kent Mind have created MH4 Schools. This innovative project enables us to partner with schools and train staff in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Mind Fitness and Suicide Awareness and...

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