Helplines and Online Resources To Support You. Below you will find a list of useful resources.


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

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

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.


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.


The Blurt Coronavirus Helpful Hub

A fantastic assortment of free resources which is constantly being updated by the team at Blurt.

Click here to access the Helpful Hub.


Frontline Key-Worker Self Care Guide

SelfCare Psychology have put together a fantastic self-care guide for frontline key-workers.

Click here to download your copy.


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.

Click here to view full details.


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.

Click here to access their website.


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.

Click here to download this document.


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.

Click here to learn more.


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.

You can click here to download a poster with more details. 


Domestic Abuse Support Lines

Domestic Violence UK have compiled a list of 73 different organisations offering support during this difficult period.

Click here to learn more.


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.

You can click here to learn more about the campaign.


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.

Full details on these changes can be found here.


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.

Click here to download your copy.


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.

Click here to access their list.


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.

Click here to learn more.


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.

Click here to download the resources pack, which explains more.


Find Your Local Food Bank

If you need additional help and support during this difficult time, then foodbanks are continuing to operate.

Click here to find your local foodbank.


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. 

Click here to learn more.


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.

Click here to learn more. 


Advice on Benefits During The Coronavirus Outbreak

CPAG have some fantastic advice for people who require additional support from benefits during the current outbreak.

Click here to read on.


Mental Health Support Groups In Kent

Ableize have created a fantastic list of some of the mental health support available in Kent.

Click here to access this.


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.

Click here to watch this video. 


Mind – Coronavirus

Advice from National Mind on the impact that the current Coronavirus Outbreak may have on your wellbeing and your wider mental health.

Click here to access this support.


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!

Click here to access Elefriends.


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.

Click here to read on.


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.

Click here to access the 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.

You can click here to learn more.


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.

Click here.


Reachout Youth

Support and resources to support young people between the ages of 13 and 19 with their mental health and wellbeing.

Click here to learn more.


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.

Click here to learn more.

You can also access additional information from ThinkUKnow by clicking here.


Salus

Youth Support Groups and resources available to young people between the ages of 8 and 19.

Click here to learn more.


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.

Click here to download your free copy.


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.

Click here to watch this video.


Click here for some additional information on helplines.