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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
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
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” (www.mind.org.uk/).
There is a range of helpful information on mental health and
wellbeing available to help us weather distress, including local
information available at the Live It Well website.
Medway Council is committed to supporting adults with mental
health problems who meet the fair access to care services (FACs)
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
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
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.
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