Mental Health Resources For Adults and Children

Need help now – Suicidal thoughts

  • NHS - 999 or 111 or go to your nearest A&E department
  • Samaritans - 116 123 (free even from mobiles out of credit)
  • Childline - Call 0800 111

Help is always available-

Self referal for local counselling services: We Are With You (formerly Thinkaction) | We Are With You 

  • Kent Safeguarding Children Out of hours Emergency line Kent & Medway 03000 41 91 91
  • Papyrus (Hopeline) - Call 08000684141    Text 07860039967         Email   Open 9am-10pm weekdays or 2pm-10pm weekends/bank holidays
  • Release the Pressure - Freephone:  0800 107 0160   open 24h per day    Website: . Open to anyone in Kent, aged 16 and over providing confidential support to get you back on track.

Young Minds 

Phone: 0808 802 5544 (9.30am-4pm  Mon-Fri)  - Parents Helpline


A leading UK charity, committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young adults. Operates a parents helpline and also has resources for professionals.

West Kent mind

Phone: 01732 744950    Email:


Supports people with Mental Health problems across West Kent, Ashford and surrounding areas. Training offered includes Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), MHFA youth, Suicide prevention, Workplace Wellbeing as well as a schools and young people’s programme.

Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) Kent

Phone: 0800 011 3474 to make a self referral or on behalf of someone else


Providing emotional and mental health support for children and young people, this is an open referral service which means that we will take referrals directly from you or someone else (e.g. a parent, school or other professionals).

HeadStart’s Resilience Hub

Phone: 0300123 4496 


HeadStart’s Resilience Hub offers guidance, resources and ways to access support. They have put together and verified information and advice to make it easy to find the information and support you are looking for.

Kent Safeguarding Children Board

Front door Team (Kent): 03000 41 11 11

Medway Social Care Services: 01634 334 466

Out of Hours Emergency Line Kent and Medway: 03000 41 91 91

Mind Ed


A free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for adults

Students Against Depression


Provide you with a calm environment and the resources to help you find a way forward.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust


Awareness, information and resources for young people who are depressed, as well as training for families, schools, workplaces and GPs.



A children’s mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

Hub of Hope


Search facility to enable you to locate mental health services and resources local to you.


Phone: 116 123



Providing, confidential and non- judgemental support 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Mental Health Foundation


Provide lots of information and resources for CHYP, parents and teachers, including how to cope if you are struggling with your mental health.


Phone: 0800 068 4141



A national charity for the prevention of young suicide. It runs HOPELine UK, a suicide prevention hotline for anyone up to the age of 35 who may be feeling suicidal, or is concerned about a young person.


Your online mental wellbeing community

Free, safe and anonymous support

Stamp out Suicide

Phone: 07766 808 222 

Providing a free ongoing over the phone counseling service for people with suicidal thoughts.


CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably

Phone (National): 0800 58 58 58 (London): 0808 802 58 58   5pm-midnight 365 days a year


A charity dedicated to prevent male suicide.

Chat Health

Text: 07520 618850 – monitored by the Kent School Health Service, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

A confidential texting service for young people aged 11-19 in Kent. You can txt about anything (e.g. exam stress, sexual health, body image concerns, healthy lifestyle advice, feelings of depression or anxiety)


A variety of Apps aiming to provide support for mental health and wellbeing. 

  • NHS WellMind

Offers help with stress, anxiety and depression, as well as mood tracker, guided relaxation, a fun game to help in crisis.

  • Sleep Pillow

Various sounds and mixes to enhance relaxation and sleep.

  • Stop, Breath & Think

Short guided meditations, breathing and acupuncture exercises.

  • Calm Harm

This is a free app designed to help resist the urge to self-harm.

  • 7 Cups

Offers anonymous text chat with trained listeners available 24/7 as well as other helpful advice and activities.

  • Self-Heal

This is a free app to help users resist the urge to self-harm, including a visual distraction library and promotes recovery.

  • NHS WellMind

Offers help with stress, anxiety and depression, as well as mood tracker, guided relaxation, a fun game to help in crisis.

  • StayAlive

This is a free suicide prevention resource, with lots of information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. For if you are having suicidal thoughts or if are concerned about some else who may be considering suicide.