I need URGENT support now:

If you have taken an overdose or you have harmed yourself call 999 immediately and ask for help, alternatively go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department.
For someone in a mental health crisis an ambulance or the police may not be the best route to access onward care. When calling 0300 222 0123 you will be speaking to a health care professional with mental health training and expertise. They will be able to draw on these specialist skills to help you.
If you are already known to mental health services and feel that you are relapsing or having a crisis in hours (9-5 Monday – Friday), call your care co-ordinator in the Community Mental Health Team or if your care co-ordinator is not available speak to the duty worker on 01634 583 020 (Medway).
MIND have produced a guide on how to help someone who feels suicidal:

I just need to talk to someone – Helpline Numbers:

For non-emergency medical advice call 111
Mental Health Matters: 24 hour helpline where a trained adviser will support you to find help
0800107 0160
From Mobiles: 0300 330 5486
The Samaritans are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support.
Telephone: 08457 90 90 90
SILVERLINE is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, 24 hours a day. Tel: 0800 470 80 90.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Parent helpline: 0808 802 5544

Get Local Information: Here is a listing of local organisations that you may find useful:

MIND (Maidstone) - Mind in Maidstone provides information and support to people with mental health needs and their family and carers. Tel: 01622 692383
The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, debt, criminal justice and carers rights. They also offer general help on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment. Call Rethink on 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri 10am – 2pm)
KCA: Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Services offer wide ranging evidence based treatments: For people affected with mild to moderate mental health problems. Substance misuse services for adults who are experiencing problems related to their drug or alcohol use. Young people (11-17 year olds) to help address the harms and effects of substance misuse and encourage young people to reach their full potential. To access either of their services please visit:
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust provide mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services as well as other specialist services to 1.7 million people across Kent and Medway. If you to access their counselling or psychology services call Freephone: 0800 2799 500
Insight Healthcare is one of the free NHS funded talking therapy and counselling services available in Kent and Medway. Insight provides counselling and support for common mental health problems; anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, stress, trauma, phobias and anger, as well as problems with regards to relationships, work or debt. Call: 0300 555 5555
Medway Drug Intervention Programme – Turning Point is a social enterprise, providing specialist and integrated services which focus on improving lives and communities across mental health, learning disability, substance misuse, primary care, the criminal justice system and employment. Tel: 0808 800 0015

Feedback about the Workshop:

“This weekly support group had enabled me to continue and benefit from breathing exercises . I was fairly anxious and nervous as a person, and still am, but at least now I feel I have the tools to change my behaviour . Depression has been a factor in my life in the past, but I had started to think differently.
“I am really hooked on improving my health. I understand how daily breathing exercises will help me do this. I have also finally managed to master the technique of meditation which, for so many years I had attempted but could never do. On the whole I feel I am less anxious and more focussed on improving my health. I feel my mind is beginning to get less cluttered and I am less worried about things. -Workshop participant Chatham

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