Support for health and care staff

The talking wellness service, which was launched in 2020 to support the impact COVID-19 was having on the mental health wellbeing of NHS and social care staff, is no longer taking new referrals

While funding for talking wellness has come to an end, the decision to close the service will not affect members of staff who have already been assessed and are receiving support; nor will it affect anyone who has been referred into the team or completed a self-referral and placed on a wait list.  These commitments will be met in full, with the same professional high-standard of care and support.

For information on and signposting to support for financial wellbeing, work/life balance, mental health, staying physically well and how colleagues can support each other, please visit the staff-facing Kent and Medway wellbeing hub launched in January 2023,

Additionally individual health trusts, organisations and councils all have services and support in place for their employees. Members of staff can also access services and support through this public-facing Kent and Medway mental wellbeing information hub, which signposts to mental health support available to all.

There are many mental health support organisations ready and waiting to provide help should you need it. Here are the details for some of them:  

Release the Pressure

Text KENT or MEDWAY to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160 for free confidential support at any time.

Free expert advice from trained counsellors is available for every mental health concern. Visit Release the Pressure to find out more.

Listening Line

For all NHS staff. Available 7.00 am to 11.00 pm. Call 0300 131 7000  


Call 116 123

Email (will respond within 24 hours)

Mail – send a letter to Freepost SAMARITANS LETTER

Find out more at

Bereavement and loss support 

Available 7am to 11pm.

Call 0300 303 4434

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