Helplines & Online Resources
Release The Pressure
Our friends at Release The Pressure are working hard to ensure that their freephone support remains available 24/7 during this difficult time.
If you would benefit from talking to someone, then you can call Release The Pressure on 0800 107 0160
Samaritans will continue to offer telephone support as much as possible during this period – providing you with someone to talk to.
To chat to a Samaritan, call freephone number 116 123.
Shout is a 24/7 text service which you can access throughout the current period of time – providing you with over-the-phone text support if you need it.
To get support, text 85258.
FREE support through either an online live chat, or via telephone support.
Citizens Advice Maidstone
The Citizens Advice Bureau are there to help fight your corner – providing support with everything from employment to welfare. Their trained team are still available via telephone.
To get support, call them on 01622 764265.
Support and advocacy services for residents. Support with a range of housing-related areas.
The Blurt Coronavirus Helpful Hub
A fantastic assortment of free resources which is constantly being updated by the team at Blurt.
Frontline Key-Worker Self Care Guide
SelfCare Psychology have put together a fantastic self-care guide for frontline key-workers.
Mental Health Matters – Maidstone Safe Haven
Mental Health Matters were planning to debut their Maidstone Safe Haven, but with the current situation, they have debuted over-the-phone support in the interim.
Looking After Your Mental Health During The Coronavirus Outbreak – The Mental Health Foundation
The mental health foundation have worked tirelessly to compile information on how you can look after your mental health during the current outbreak.
Supporting Your Mental Health Whilst Working From Home From MHFA England
MHFA England have produced a fantastic document which provides lots of advice and guidance on how you can look after your Mental Health whilst working from home.
A website helping young people between the ages of 10 and 16 to help them learn more about their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
An app designed for people who may be feeling lonely to anonymously chat to someone who will listed. Afterall, we all need a chat sometimes!
Kent Together – 24 Hour Helpline
The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
For full details you can click here, or can call Freephone 0300 041 9292.
Maidstone Borough Council Community Support Hub
MBC are delivering food parcels and medicines to individuals who are in need and are isolated during this difficult time.
For full details you can click here, or can call Freephone 0300 303 1650
Kent Online Directory Of Kent Support
Kent Online have put together a directory of organisations who can help you to access food and other essential supplies during this difficult period. They have organised their list to cover as many places across Kent as is possible – so check it out for information local to you.
Armed Forces Community Support
The Armed Forces Network have created a list of resources to support members of the armed forces community during these difficult times.
Kent Police Domestic Abuse Support
Kent Police’s Violence Reduction Unit have been working hard to increase knowledge of the support available for victims of domestic abuse during this difficult time.
Domestic Abuse Support Lines
Domestic Violence UK have compiled a list of 73 different organisations offering support during this difficult period.
DAVSS Support for Men
s someone at home abusive or violent? 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse. Many feel they will not be taken seriously if they seek help. DAVSS will listen and provide support to help you break the cycle of abuse.
Call 01892 570538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing Voices Virtual Choir
Why not come and join us at Healing Voices? No singing or musical experience is needed and everyone is welcome. There’s no charge – although donations are always welcome.
Our singing groups are continuing virtually, via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To take part, please email Kathryn at email@example.com and make sure you have downloaded the Zoom app.
Kent Police and Crimestoppers Launch A Campaign Against Serious Crime
Kent Police and Crimestoppers are working to tackle the prevalence of gangs and county lines, serious violence, and child sexual exploitation. This is especially relevant given the extended periods that young people will be spending on-line during lockdown.
Victim and Witness Services
The government are advising that there may be some changes to the ways Victim and Witness Services operate during the COVID-19 outbreak.
KMPT Looking After Your Mental Health During Self Isolation Booklet
KMPT have put together an incredibly useful booklet which provides tips and advice on how you can look after your mental health during isolation.
Ten Tips For Dealing With Coronavirus Related Anxiety
Every Mind Matters have put together a practical list to help you look after your mental health during this difficult time.
Porchlight Aspirations Service
The Porchlight Aspirations service will continue to support mental health and wellbeing through the use of Aspirations Coaches who will work with individuals to continue to support their mental health through proactive steps.
The Calling Tree Campaign
An initiative designed to provide support to people and tackle Social Isolation during these difficult times by encouraging individuals to call each other and have a natter.
Find Your Local Food Bank
If you need additional help and support during this difficult time, then foodbanks are continuing to operate.
Adult Social Services
Adult Social Services are able to assist with organising things like food parcels for vulnerable adults in need.
Call 03000 419191
FREE DAB Radios for Vulnerable Adults over 70
BBC Local Radio and Wave Length are offering free DAB radios for vulnerable adults over the age of 70 to help combat current bouts of isolation.
Financial Support For Those Affected by COVID-19
The government are working to offer financial support to individuals who are going to be most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Advice on Benefits During The Coronavirus Outbreak
CPAG have some fantastic advice for people who require additional support from benefits during the current outbreak.
Advice for Veterans on Mental Health, Housing and Finances
Access this guide for Veterans, courtesy of the team at Business Cost Saver.
Mental Health Support Groups In Kent
Ableize have created a fantastic list of some of the mental health support available in Kent.
Samaritans Four Second Breathing Video
The four-second breathing square is something we use to help keep ourselves calm – so it is great seeing Samaritans creating a video version of it.
Mind – Coronavirus
Advice from National Mind on the impact that the current Coronavirus Outbreak may have on your wellbeing and your wider mental health.
Elefriends Online Community – A Mind Initiative
Join National Mind’s online Elefriends community to seek peer support and chat to other people who may understand what you are going through. This is a place to listen, share, and be heard!
Tips from the BBC on looking after your MH during the Outbreak
Some incredibly useful tips from the BBC around the use of Social Media, and other things you can do, to look after your mental health during the current outbreak.
Advice for Parents & Carers
HeadStart Kent have produced are offering advice for Parents and Carers of young people aged 10 – 16 through the Kent Resilience Hub.
NSPCC Advice on Talking To Children About Coronavirus Worries
The NSPCC have published some fantastic advice on talking to Children about their Coronavirus worries.
Tips and Advice For Single Parents During Coronavirus Lockdown
Single Parents on Holiday have some fantastic advice for how single parents can better cope during current periods of lockdown.
Lockdown may have caused some to experience an increase in sexually addictive and destructive behaviour. If you are struggling and need support, SA UK are here.
Support and resources to support young people between the ages of 13 and 19 with their mental health and wellbeing.
Information on how young people can stay safe online
With many young people currently finding themselves at home, it is safe to say that they will be online more than ever before – and individuals may use this to exploit young people. The below link will take you through to a handy toolkit to keep young people of all ages safe.
Youth Support Groups and resources available to young people between the ages of 8 and 19.
Coronavirus – A Book For Children
Social Work Toolkit have produced a fantastic free book for children which is designed to explain to them what Coronavirus is, and why their lives are different currently due to the virus. If you work with young people then this is a great guide on it which you can share with them.
Playmobil Explains Coronavirus To Kids
Struggling to explain what is going on to the young people you have to look after? Smyths and Playmobil have put together a fun video which explains to children the importance of staying at home – and why we all have to adhere to current guidelines around the outbreak.