Mental Health News Round-up (Part 1), January 2023

MVA offer another collection of recent articles related to Mental Health.

Overcoming Self-Harm - BBC Ideas release new short film from Living Words
A documentary offering help, encouragement, and guidance aimed at supporting others recover from self-harm has been released through BBC Ideas.

Featuring members from the Living Warriors: Flux project from Living Words, the documentary takes a realistic look at ways to support oneself to overcome the need to self-harm.

Filmed locally in the town of Folkestone, it’s a compilation of brave individuals sharing their personal stories to help others, along with contributions from local and national mental health specialists.

For more details or to watch this collection of short films, visit the Living Words’ website.

‘Inside Mind and Body' FREE Event - March 2023
Local charity We Are With You will be hosting 'Inside Mind and Body' in March 2023 at the Community Support Centre in Maidstone.

This FREE event is being organised by Mind and Body Kent, who say it is open to all professionals from Mental Health and Young Person Services across Kent.

The organisers say there will be opportunities on the day to learn more about the With You services.

There will also be opportunity to engage in workshops, hear from their service users, as well as networking opportunities.

The organisers advise that places are limited and ask that those who want to attend should book a ticket for each member of their team in order for them to keep track of numbers.

'Inside Mind and Body' will take place on Tuesday 21st March 2023 from 10am to 2pm, at the Maidstone Community Support Centre, ME14 1HH.

More event information can be found at their Eventbrite booking portal.

Creative and Practical Group Project for Young Men to launch in Medway
Practical and creative learning opportunities are being made available for young men who have previously experienced or are currently experiencing challenges with their mental health.

This series of FREE programs for young men is to be launched by The Sunlight Development Trust, who say these opportunities are designed to offer many types of meaningful experiences.

Aimed at young men aged between 18 and 25 who have previously experienced or are currently experiencing mental health challenges, these opportunities will be held at extensive facilities from The Sunlight Centre in Gillingham.

The Trust plan to engage experienced Sunlight staff, retired tradesmen, and professionals as mentors, helping attendees to build their confidence, and improve their overall wellbeing.

More information can be found at the Sunlight Trust website.

Release the Pressure is a project developed by Kent County Council (KCC) which provides confidential support with mental health concerns to get you back on track.

For FREE confidential support at any time, text the word Kent to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160.

Medway Council also provides wide-ranging help and direction to offer support for those with mental health concerns.

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