One in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives.

It is really important, therefore, that we are all able to respond in a helpful, supportive and non-stigmatising way. West Kent Mind – through our Mental Health Awareness Group and in partnership with Mental Health First Aid (England) and ASIST – offer a variety of training and workshops to respond to this need.

MHFA England logoMental Health First Aid (MHFA) is exactly what you might think – a first aid approach to mental health. Originally founded and developed by Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm in Australia, MHFA has been successfully introduced in many countries around the world.

For dates, further information and to book a place, see our Mental Health First Aid page.


With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem at some point in their life time, all service providers should consider training their frontline staff in mental health. We have developed a one day course to meet this need, a course that is proving extremely popular. Read more on our Mental Health Training for Frontline Staff page.


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The Sevenoaks Mind Awareness Raising Team (SMART) has been operating in South West Kent for over fifteen years. The team works to reduce the stigma and discrimination which surrounds people with mental health problems.

Workshops can be brought to your premises in a variety of formats customised to your requirements. Workshops are also offered at our Sevenoaks Centre. For dates, further information and to book a place, see our Mental Health Awareness page.


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Approximately 5000 people die in England each year “by their own hand”. Most of them die needlessly just because, at that time in their life, their own death becomes an option that seems, to them, to be the only possible option. Many more are left to live on. Their lives are also permanently affected by a suicide – wishing they could have realised, said or done something to have prevented an avoidable death.

ASIST is an internationally renowned two-day intensive, interactive suicide intervention skills-training workshop. Read more on our ASIST page. We also offer a half-day course which is proving very popular, read more on our Suicide Awareness and Prevention page.


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