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Introducing Kent Safe Haven – New Mental Health Service Launched for Kent and Medway

01-May-2020

 

National Organisation Mental Health Matters have launched a new service designed to provide immediate support to people with mental health concerns.  

Mental health is something that affects everyone. It can be really hard to know where to go for advice and support, a listening ear, and professional help that is available immediately without long waiting lists.

National charity Mental Health Matters (MHM) work to support people with mental health and emotional welfare needs, and have recently launched Safe Havens across Kent and Medway

The Kent Safe Havens are a place where people (aged 16 or older) can access immediate support if they are feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed, feel like things are getting too much for them, perhaps feel suicidal or thoughts of hurting themselves, or if they feel isolated or are in crisis.

MHM says this new service is FREE: There is no referral needed, it is easily accessible, and the staff are skilled and experienced, offering a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgemental and non-clinical environment.

Kent Safe Havens is an out of hours service, available on evenings for people needing to access support with their emotional wellbeing and mental health needs through visiting the Safe Haven, calling or emailing them.

Launched recently, there are 4 Safe Havens in Canterbury, Maidstone, Thanet and Medway.

Medway Safe Haven is based at Medway Age UK, Mackenney Centre in Gillingham.

Open 6pm-11pm every day of the year, the centre can be contacted by email at medway.mhm@nhs.net. You can also call them 07850 901151 or 07808 795036.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak MHM say they have had to reduce the service they are able to currently offer. At the time of writing, they will only be able to provide telephone and email support at the moment, but reassure visitors and callers they will be able to provide face-to-face sessions again in the near future, and ask they check the website for updates. 

For more information, visit the MHM website.

 


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