North West Kent 

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Mental Health


The emotional health and wellbeing of children their families is now a national concern: the impact of Covid-19, and coping with staying at home, isolation or bereavement, is significant and widespread. Now as always, we are supporting pupils, parents, families and staff to find help and support.


Our intervention team provide therapeutic intervention including mindfulness, Lego therapy, worry monster and draw and talk.


We have two new sensory spaces: the Breathing Space is a traditional sensory room containing bubble tubes, fibre optics and black light equipment. The Zen Zone is more like a living room - a controlled sensory environment where students can decompress, join in challenging conversations, and feel ready to reengage with learning.


We also have an experienced counsellor (and sometimes her therapy dog) in school two days a week for drop-in sessions or for longer term, intensive support.


If you believe someone is at serious risk of harming themselves or others, call 999 or 101.


Kent Police also offer a webchat service if you are not sure how or what to report.



It’s urgent: I am at crisis point

Kent NHS Crisis Line




Free and 24/7. There to listen and support 24/7. Free support line 9am-6pm weekdays and 9am-5pm at weekends. Report online sexual abuse, grooming or if anyone makes you feel unsafe online.
0800 011 3474 (under-18s) or text ‘Kent’ to 85258.  116 123 from any phone 0808 800 5000  


I’m worried about mental health and need general help

NHS Direct


Young Minds


24/7 phone line with access to medical professionals. A local-rate info line, email and text contact and lots of information on their website. Advice for young people and parents, with a dedicated parent support line during business hours.  A range of online support options for teenagers and parents.
111  0300 123 3393 0808 802 5544  


I'm concerned about self harm and eating disorders



Calm Harm

Speak to your GP, or visit the mental health section of the NHS website. The distrACT app is available for anyone concerned about self harm. Another free app that helps suppress the urge to self harm. Online advice with webchat as well as a under-18s helpline, weekdays 9am-8pm and weekends 4pm-8pm.
      0808 801 0711

I'm a victim or witness of domestic violence


National Domestic Abuse Hotline



If you need advice or someone to talk to, Childline is free from any phone and available 24/7.  A free 24/7 helpline. If your calls or messages are not private, you can walk into any branch of Boots, or many other pharmacies, and 'Ask for ANI'. You will be led into a private consulting room and put in touch with the police, support services or helplines.  
0800 1111 0808 2000 247