Mental Health News Round-up (Part 1), Winter 2022

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

New Training Course Available for FREE from Mid Kent MIND
A FREE, one-hour training session aimed at building your knowledge and your confidence is being introduced by Mid Kent MIND.

Everyday Mental Health is designed to provide an engaging and thought-provoking bite-sized look at mental health in the ‘here and now’.

Focusing on the key areas of mental health, these training sessions also looks to empower people to have conversations with confidence around supporting themselves and others.

Mid Kent MIND say the course also empowers people with the knowledge to recognise the impact that negative stressors can have on people’s mental health – especially in the current climate.

Mid Kent MIND say the course will look at how to pro-actively support other people and review the wealth of support services available across Kent and Medway.

For more information, you can visit the Mid Kent MIND website, or you can also contact them by e-mail at

Introducing DAVE
A service offering confidential advice, impartial support, and advocacy for male victims of domestic abuse is available in Kent and Medway.

The Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment (DAVE) Service for men is a bespoke support service for male victims of domestic abuse, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.

The service is delivered through Dads Unlimited, who say DAVE will support ALL men (with or without children) regardless of sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, or religion.

To find out more details, you can call DAVE on 01233 680160, or visit the Dads Unlimited website.

Exclusive - Parent/Carer Support Group from West Kent Mind
A support group for parents and carers of young adults aged 18-24 who self-harm, or are at risk of self-harming or suicide, is available this season for across the Tunbridge Wells area.

The service is available through West Kent MIND, who say those who want to attend can join their online programme (via Zoom), or the face-to-face programme at The Amelia Scott (TN1 1JN).

West Kent MIND also reassure that and numbers in both will be limited to make sure of a safe and supportive environment.

Launched recently, the six-week programmes provide emotional support and practical training.

The programmes will also aim to provide an opportunity to connect with others who may be experiencing similar challenges in supporting young adults.

For more details or to register your interest, you can contact Community & Partnerships Team of West Kent MIND by e-mail at, or call 01732 744950.

If you do not feel you can keep yourself or another adult safe from immediate risk of harm, you should phone the 24-hour helpline from the Kent and Medway Partnership Trust (KMPT)
The Trust offers this FREE 24-hour helpline for urgent mental health support and advice:

The helpline is available on 0800 783 9111.

More details are available on the Medway Council Website.
You can also call the Samaritans, free, 24/7 on 116 123

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