Mental Health Resources in Kent

A brief overview of available mental health resources in Kent.

Scrabble tiles spelling mental health

The Live it Well website, previously the gateway to all available mental health resources in Kent, has been replaced, as of October 2017, by this section of the Kent County Council website:

There  are  three main boxes to  click  –

  1. Get Help Now  –  for  emergencies
  2. Find Local Support – with further links, and a searchable database
  3. Caring for Others  –  with further links

On the main page  there are also the following sub-headings  –

  • Help for Veterans
  • Live Well Kent
  • Home Essentials in a Crisis
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services
  • Community Mental Health Teams
  • Mental Health in the Workplace

Below these is a banner for  the Release the Pressure campaign, aimed at anyone but especially men, with the  Mental  Healt  Matters helpline number prominently displayed (see  below).

Free talking therapies

Find contact details for free talking therapies and counselling services offered throughout Kent under ‘Find Local Support – Find Counselling’ These can be accessed either through self-referral or after a consultation with a GP or other health care professional.

Six Ways of Wellbeing

The Six Ways to Wellbeing – connect, give, take notice, keep learning, be active and care – can lift your mood and help you to cope with life gets stressful. These were developed in Kent from the original Five Ways to Wellbeing. An organisation called Action for Happiness has expanded the five ways into 10 Keys to Happier living. See     for details.

Need Help Now?

  • If you need help and to speak to someone now, call the 24 Hour Mental Health Matters Helpline on 0800 107 0160 and a trained telephone adviser will support you to find help.
  • Mental Health Matters also have a freephone number for  mobiles: 0300  330  5486
  • Samaritans national FREEFONE number is 116 123 (free even from mobiles out of credit)

For Children  and Young People

There is now a single point of access in Kent for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The telephone number is: 0300 1234496  (for  ages  0 to 18)
Available 8am- 8pm Mon-Fri, 8am – 12pm Sat

The email contact is: (for ages 0 to 18). The service is provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). Anyone can refer for any concerns. The Single Point of Access will triage for the most appropriate support.

Self-help resources are available on the NELFT website –

Out of hours crisis number: 0300 555 1000

Eating Disorder Service Contact Details (for children and adults): 0300 300 1980  (M-F  9-5)

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