Anxious or stressed

If you are feeling anxious or stressed, you can find details below of self-help and online tools and mental health and wellbeing services available in Kent and Medway.

You can access this support without needing to see your GP. On the right,  you will find numbers to call if you need help urgently.

If you do wish to book in to speak with your GP about the way you are feeling, contact the practice online via the practice website or call them on the usual number.

If you would like some help working out how to explain to your GP how you are feeling – DOCREADY (that’s Doc Ready) may be of help to you. 


Every Mind Matters                    

Every Mind Matters has resources to help you cope with both stress and anxiety . You can build Your Mind Plan by answering five questions in an interactive quiz


NHS Audio Guides                      

A series of mental wellbeing NHS audio guides to help you boost your mood. You can listen to them privately, in your own time, to help you through feelings such as anxiety or a low mood.


Reading Well – mental health   

Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. 

Books are available to borrow from your local library. Selected titles are also available to borrow as e-books and audiobooks.

More information is also available on Medway Council or Kent County Council websites, depending on where you live. 

Live Well Kent                                              

Live Well Kent offers support with keeping active and healthy and everyday living including: managing your money, debt and benefits, housing support and guidance, and accessing counselling.

NHS Talking Therapies                               National Talking Therapies logo

If you are struggling with anxiety and/or depression, NHS Talking Therapies are a free, effective and confidential way to treat common mental health issues.

We Listen has an interactive map, which shows NHS Talking Therapies in different parts of Kent and Medway.

You can refer yourself to NHS Talking Therapies by contacting the services available in your area as shown on the map or via Alternatively, you can ask your GP to refer you.


Kent and Medway Safe Havens           

Safe Havens offer face-to-face mental health support for those living in Kent and Medway and offer an open-door policy for anyone needing help who is known, or not known to mental health services. Find out more on this information hub's dedicated Safe Havens page.


KMPT Recovery and Wellbeing College      

KMPT Recovery and Wellbeing College offers educational courses to support mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in shared learning environments. 
Whether you are experiencing health challenges yourself, are a family member, friend or carer, or work in associated services, all are welcome.

If Covid-19 and lockdown have impacted your mental health, you are not alone.

NHS services are available, and you can still access care and professional support listed on this page. One You also offers tips for coping with anxiety

Claire Murdoch, NHS National Director for Mental Health said: “The NHS has been and continues to be here for the nation’s mental health.

“We know the impact that COVID and lockdown can have on people’s mental health and it has never been more important to seek help. 

“People might feel nervous about burdening the NHS or getting exposed to the virus but remember we are here to help. 

“Whether you are a new mum, an older person or struggling with work, please speak to your GP or self-refer online so we can get you the mental health support you need.”

Have you tried the Better Health Mind Plan? 

The impact and experience of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic has been difficult for us all. It's so important to look after our mental health and wellbeing. 

Better Health-Every Mind Matters has launched a campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing. At the heart of the campaign is the free, NHS-approved Mind Plan.

By answering five simple questions online, adults will get a personalised mental health action plan with practical tips for helping deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better, and feel more in control.

Search Every Mind Matters to see what works for you.

Release the Pressure

Text KENT or MEDWAY to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160 for free confidential support at any time.

Free expert advice from trained counsellors is available for every mental health concern.

Visit Release the Pressure to find out more.

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Safe Havens 

Safe Havens offer face-to-face mental health support for those living in Kent and Medway.

Find out more on this information hub's dedicated Safe Havens page.

Live in Kent and Medway and need urgent mental health support, advice and guidance?

Over 18?  Call the 24-hour helpline on 0800 783 9111. 

Under 18?  Call the 24-hour Single Point of Access on 0800 011 3474 (select option one, then option three)


Email or phone 116 123. For more info, visit the Samaritans website

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