Stress is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week and Live Well Kent, a network of charities and community groups commissioned by Kent County Council and the NHS, is aiming to show people just how much support is available near them.
Events are being held throughout the county for the national awareness campaign (14 to 20 May) including 36 events in east Kent run by charity Porchlight while Shaw Trust in the west will be hosting a celebration event centred around the topic of stress.
A full timetable of events can be found on Live Well Kent’s website or by calling its free helpline – 0800 567 7699.
Live Well Kent brings together experts in everything from mental health and healthy living to finding work and housing support. If someone calls the Live Well Kent helpline, they’ll receive help for several issues they’re facing – not just one.
“Somebody who is struggling with their mental health may have become cut off from the community and fallen behind on their rent,” explains Live Well Kent’s Julia Hargreaves. She added: “The Live Well Kent network allows them to receive support in all the areas of their life where they need it. Every person’s situation is unique and so is our approach to helping them.”
People choose what help they want to receive from the Live Well Kent network (mental health support from North Kent Mind and housing advice from Porchlight, for example) and Live Well Kent staff ensures the services are working in unison.
Live Well Kent is delivered by Porchlight and Shaw Trust. It was launched in 2016 by joint commissioners Kent County Council and the seven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for Kent (but not Medway).
KCC Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “Community support is crucial and Live Well Kent is all about making connections so that people feel part of their communities and feel less lonely and isolated. By helping people to manage their recovery, we can prevent mental health problems developing or worsening and provide a service people need and want to keep well.”
For more information about the support available in Kent, contact Live Well Kent on 0800 567 76 99 and www.livewellkent.org.uk