The Early Help  Programme is made up of several courses across Swale, Ashford, Canterbury and Maidstone. Services can be accessed by young people between the ages of 11 and 18.

Referrals to services must be made through Early Help.

Current Services in Maidstone

Current Services In Swale

Current Services In Ashford

Managing Me (Available In Ashford) 

Managing Me is a 6 week course specifically designed for young people to learn how to cope with life and focuses on dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and self-image. This course looks at understanding what mental health is, how it can become negative and the ways in which this can manifest. We look at causes of negative mental wellbeing and deliver sessions that look to build confidence, self-esteem and coping mechanisms. (Courses run have shown a 56% increase in participants reported wellbeing.)

Balancing My Behaviour (Available In Maidstone)

Balancing My Behaviour is a 5 week course which helps young people to focus on their strengths, and also identify specific problem areas for the young person in order to improve their behaviour. The course has a primary focus of taking young people’s negative behaviours, and helping to change them into positives.

Standing Strong (Available In Maidstone & Ashford)

Standing Strong is a 6 week course for young women which looks at building confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Low self-esteem can be a root cause for some mental health problems and can lead to a young person becoming trapped in a vicious circle, so this course aims to promote positive thinking and positive mental wellbeing among young women to prevent low self-esteem leading to other problems.

Bounce Back (Available In Ashford & Swale)

Bounce Back is a 6 week course which focuses on youth emotional resilience. This course aims to teach young people how they can combat stress, deal with emotions and reduce anxiety so that they are able to “bounce back” from the challenges they face in life.

You and Your Wellbeing For Parents (Available In Swale)

You and Your Wellbeing is a 5 week course which looks at life factors which can affect a person’s wellbeing – and how prolonged negative wellbeing can progress into mental health issues. The course looks at topics such as understanding the causes of stress and it’s impacts, identifying negative and positive coping mechanisms, and understanding what we mean by ‘Emotional Snapping’.

Parental Support (Available In Swale)

One day courses delivered to parents which aim to develop resilience and the ability to deal constructively with setbacks experienced in everyday life. The course will look at self respect and respect to others, dealing with transition, becoming aware of others and empathising with them, and also how to identify and learn about protective factors in order to deal more effectively with stressful events within family units.

Next Parental Resilience Course starts on the 9th of July 2018 in Swale.

Pre-Course One To One Support (Available In Maidstone)

Support will be available to young people looking to progress onto any course run as part of the Early Help programme.

If you would like to know more about the Early Help programme and the courses available within your area, please contact Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind on 01622 692383 or email

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The Early Help Programme is funded by a Kent County Council Early Help Grant