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Mental health services

Mental health issues are common experiences: one in every four people will have mental health problems at some point in their lives. Money worries, work and relationship problems, unemployment, illness and loneliness increase the risk of depression and anxiety.

There are also less common mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, which can have a significant impact on living well, and where finding the right help and support can improve life chances. Mental health problems do not occur in isolation and can affect individuals experiencing other life problems or disabilities.

Research increasingly shows that protecting our mental health is important. Recently this has been summarised as “Good mental health isn't something you have, but something you do”.

There is a range of helpful information on mental health and wellbeing available to help us with distress, including local information available at the Live It Well website and the website for charity Mind.

Medway Council is committed to supporting adults with mental health problems who meet the eligibility criteria.

Medway’s Adult Mental Health Social Work Service is based at Compass Centre South, Pembroke, Chatham, ME4 4YH. Phone 01634 331888. This will include workers social workers for adults and older persons mental health.

The social work team supports people to meet their needs around settled accommodation, vocational training and employment, skills for daily living, assessment and support to carers, promoting choice and control through the take up and use of personal budgets, mental health assessments and staying safe.

The Medway Community Day Resources Centres in Gillingham and Rochester offer a range of activities to increase skills for daily living.

The Community Support and Outreach Team (CSOT) support people to regain independence while living in the community. Respite care can also be provided to give carers some relief from the care task. The Medway Access service is the single point of contact for new referrals for health and social care mental health assessments. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) provides clinical healthcare services (nursing, psychiatry and psychology) across Medway and work in partnership with Medway Council and primary healthcare.

Mental Health strategy

 Live It Well (pdf 485KB) is the strategy for improving the mental health and wellbeing of people in Kent and Medway. A summary is also available (pdf 701KB).

It covers the period 2010 to 2015 and makes 10 commitments, including to:

  • ensure people have easy access to care in a crisis
  • reduce the number of people with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression
  • give people more choice and more say over their care
  • reduce the number of suicides.

Live It Well was developed with people who use services, carers, frontline professionals and voluntary organisations. It was shaped by the views and ideas of scores of people from Kent and Medway who took the opportunity to comment on it. A report (pdf 130KB) on what people said and how the strategy was changed as a result is also available to download.