If you are a parent or you care for a child or young person and are concerned about their mental health and wellbeing, there are specific services available in Kent and Medway to support you and them.
The services are provided by both NHS organisations and local authorities, so that will be Kent County Council or Medway Council, depending on where you live.
There are also self-help tool and online apps aimed at children and young people, the details of which can be found on the Children and Young People’s section of this information hub.
Details of websites with online tools for parents to help you look after your family’s mental health and wellbeing, can be found in the Online Help section below.
If you are not sure what mental health and wellbeing help the child or young person you care for may need, it is best to call the Single Point of Access (also referred to as SPA) on 0800 011 3474.
Good Mental Health Matters
Good Mental Health Matters is a free, NHS-initiated resource that empowers young people by encouraging them to take personal responsibility for their own wellbeing. It offers information for parents, including taking you through five positive steps for good mental health for your family.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters has a range of dedicated support and resources to help parents look after the mental wellbeing of their children and for young people to care for their own mental health.
Action for Children
Action for Children offers advice and activities to support children and parents with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
MindEd for Families
MindEd for Families is a website full of advice about young people’s mental health, which was created by experts and parents together.
NELFT provides all age eating disorder services and child and adolescent (that’s up to age 18) mental health services for people living in Kent and Medway. You can find out more about these services on the NELFT website.
The services have different names depending on where you live but both provide mental health advice and support for young people up to 18 years old and their families, whether you live in Kent or Medway.
If you live in Kent, it’s called the Kent Children and Young People's Mental Health Service.
If you live in Medway, it’s the Medway Young Persons Wellbeing Service.
(Why is it called NELFT? NELFT stands for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. As well as providing children and young people’s services in Kent and Medway, the Trust also provides integrated adult community and mental health services for parts of both London and Essex, hence its name.)
Children and Young People’s Counselling Service
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) offers a Children and Young People’s Counselling Service for children aged four to 19 struggling with their emotional health. Although it’s located on the school health section of KCHFT's website, children and young people do not have to be in school to access the service. If you want to find out more there are ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQS) available.
Kent Resilience Hub
Kent Resilience Hub provides information, guidance and resources for parents to support their own, as well as their child’s emotional wellbeing and resilience.
MoodSpark can support young people to better understand and support their own emotional wellbeing and resilience.
If you are having or have a new baby and feel you need support with your mental health and wellbeing, you can find out more about ‘perinatal’ mental health services via the Kent and Medway Local Maternity System’s website Bump, Birth and Beyond.