Mental health experts see devastating firsthand impacts of COVID-19

Henrietta Brewer
June 29, 2020

The AWP have issued a reminder for people to be kind to themselves and others during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The council's public health team have recently invested over £42,000 on mental health resources to help support people through and beyond the pandemic.

Equally important is to remind everyone about the concrete things they can do to nurture their mental health during this period.

In Madison County, supports are in place for suicide prevention, mental health and addictions. "These are very challenging times for everyone". Feelings of anxiety, loneliness or restlessness are understandable right now. You can also text TalkWithUs to 66746. The charity's 24-hour support line received more than 1,000 calls in April, four times the average number pre-COVID.

The service is funded by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) which is a collaboration between Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and all the NHS organisations across Kent and Medway.

The letter says the measures the government has taken to limit the spread of the virus, including restrictions on movement and the closure of schools to most students, were "necessary to save lives but will have consequences for young people's mental health". This prolonged transition will have had an impact on our mental health and wellbeing. "We have health and wellbeing advice for residents on our website, and I would encourage anyone who needs support, to use the Release the Pressure mental wellbeing service, by texting Medway to 85258".

Mr Carroll, the council's cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said: "Focusing on our mental health and wellbeing has never been more important".

The good news is that, even in these trying times, people can take steps to build resiliency, decrease stress, and manage their mental health to help fend off more serious problems down the line.

"The online community we're launching today gives everyone in film, TV and cinema an opportunity to talk openly and anonymously, giving as well as receiving advice, comfort and support".

Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is also available to help callers who are struggling with suicidal thoughts or need coping strategies.

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at or by calling on 03000 41 92 92.

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