“If you’re dealing with mental ill health, don’t do it alone – get in touch and let us help.”
That’s the message from Live Well Kent to anyone suffering in silence this World Mental Health Day (October 10th).
Live Well Kent is a one-stop shop where people can access a huge range of mental health and general wellbeing support within their local community.
Since its launch in April, the service has helped nearly 3,000 people. When somebody gets in touch, it connects them to a network of charities and community organisations.
A wellbeing plan is built around each person’s needs, and they can choose the help that best suits them.
Because health and anxiety problems can sometimes be traced back to someone’s day-to-day life, the help offered by Live Well Kent is wide ranging. People can get support with:
- Mental health and wellbeing (access to therapies or support groups and set personal goals)
- Keeping active and healthy (help joining clubs and organisations)
- Meeting people (getting involved with volunteer work and community projects)
- Training and work (learning new skills, obtaining qualifications and finding jobs)
- Everyday living (extra help with practical things such as money management, housing
support or improving relationships with family and friends).
Christian, who has bipolar disorder and has battled with depression, was able to turn his life around thanks to Live Well Kent. With the right support, he found a new sense of purpose, gaining qualifications and getting work with the mental health charity (and Live Well Kent partner) Mind.
“I learned to believe in myself again, gain skills and take a different direction,” he said. “Live Well Kent and its health providers have taught me that if I accept who I am and recognise my skills and abilities there is no end to what I can achieve.”
Christian has also become a volunteer mentor to others using the service. “I’m working with one of their clients who has been through a rough time with depression, helping him to gain skills and get into employment,” he explained.
Live Well Kent is led by the charities Porchlight and Shaw Trust on behalf of Kent County Council and the NHS.
“We’re really pleased that the service has already helped so many people,” said Live Well Kent’s Chris Coffey and Liz Bailey. “From the numbers of people contacting us, we know that there must be more people out there who need our help. If you’re struggling with mental ill health or know somebody who is, please get in touch.”
Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “We are committed to enabling people who experience mental health issues to be supported in their communities and on their recovery journey, to achieve the outcomes that are important to them.
“Live Well Kent brings together the different services and resources that exist locally and events like this make sure that information is readily accessible, raising awareness of the issues and improving people’s wellbeing. They demonstrate the variety of partnerships in place and highlight how we are working together to support the mental health and wellbeing of Kent’s residents.”
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