Service Personnel and ex armed Service Personnel and their familes are invited to attend a Transition fair in Chatham on the 27th June 11am – 2pm. The Transition fair will showcase a number of employers, housing and health professionals giving advice and help to service personnel and ex service personnel and their families to find out more about the fair click here.
From April 2013 through to 2016, major changes are being made to the benefits and tax credits system affecting millions of people in this country.
Turn2us has mapped these most significant changes on a timeline, which can be filtered to the benefits that are relevant to you. You can also sign up to receive email alerts when a specific benefit changes, to find out more click here.
KMPT are able to offer Job Tasters to service users thinking of getting back into employment. Their Job Taster Programme aims to give service users real work experience
What is a Job Taster?
The programme creates Job Tasters for service users, which can last up to 12 weeks. These will be in a variety of teams and services throughout KMPT which allows services users to gain real experience within a work environment.
13 – 19 May is Mental Health Awareness Week Live It Well will be promoting the website and the Live It Library at events across Kent and Medway, in addition to the next Live It Library event being held on the 17th May at the Pagoda in Maidstone click here for more information.
As part of Mental Health Awareness week the The Mental Health Foundation are promoting the benefits of physical activities and exercise. Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. To find out more click here. To download the Let’s Get Physical Booklet click here.
To see Live It Well’s suggestions of getting more active in Kent and Medway click here.
The next Live It Library will be taking place on the 14th June to mark Carers week so we are looking for firends, families and carers of people with mental health problems to come and tell us how being a carer has affected you. This event is being held at the Triangles Centre, Poulton Close, Dover, CT17 0HL.
For more information on the library click here where you can also view some of our previous ‘books’ or to find out more about the day or to book onto the event please contact Kelly Tonks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During Adult Learners’ Week, from the 18- 24 May 2013, there are lots of great opportunities for you to get a taste of what it is like to learn with Kent Adult Education and to try something completely new. Kent Adult Education are holding many FREE Tasters, Workshops, Exhibitions and Arts & Craft Fairs across a variety of subjects, there is no better time to find out more information about our courses.
Tasters and Workshops have limited availability so click here to view the Taster Courses on offer and book your place today!
Register at your local Adult Education Centre or book your place by calling us on 0845 606 5606.
To find out other ways of keep learning click here.
The Time to Change campaign for Young People is coming to Kent and they need your help. Do you work of volunteer with young people? If the answer is yes, now is your opportunity to get involved.
Time to Change are running free train the trainer courses. Where you can learn how to deliver the 3 hour packages to young people you work with. This will also give you access to hiring one of their Youth Involvement workers; young people with personal experience of mental health problems trained to tell their story, for your subsequent sessions. To find out more click here.
Apply for a grant for a project to work with young people to combat mental health stigma and discrimination for more information click here.
To find out more about the opportunities in Kent contact one of the Time To Change children and young people’s team to talk about more opportunities in the region: email@example.com
To go to the time to change young persons website click here.
You can also download the free time to change Comedy A3 poster by clicking here.
Rethink Mental Illness have published a new benefits pack which contains all of the changes to help you understand the changes for you or for someone you care about. The benefits guide covers all of the changes that have been announced so far. To download a copy of the pack click here. To see the Live It Well information on money and benefits click here.
Live It Well has just launched it’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) page, which can be accessed by clicking here. The page features information on both local and national sites offering help, information and advice to the LGBT community. If you run a LGBT specific organisation or support group in Kent or Medway which helps support people experiencing mental health issues and would like to be added to our information please contact us with your details by clicking here.
The Muck In 4Life website has lots of information about fun, healthy and free environmental activities for the whole family. There are lots ways to get involved and anyone can join in from grand-parents to children. To find out more click here.
If you want to see some other suggestions for how to get active click here.
The Kent and Medway Armed Forces Network launched on the 2 April. The Armed Forces Network is aiming to ensure that mental health services for ex armed forces personnel are quicker and easier to access. In addition they are working towards ex military personnel having access to specialist trained practitioners to help and support them and their families. The Kent and Medway Armed Forces Network are interested in hearing from people who could be a forces champion, forces therapist or forces trauma specialist. To find out more about the project and how to get in touch click here.
Speakup CIC with the Ashford Gateway Plus are holding a Time to Change event on the 12 April 10 am – 2pm. Are you, or someone you know, interested in knowing more about Mental Health? Would you like to know what Mental Health services are available locally? If so then come along and chat to the various organisations that are exhibiting at The Gateway Plus at Church Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 1AS on the 12 April
To find out more about this event including who to contact for more information click here.
What is the best phone app to choose to manage different aspects of your health?
NHS choices have just published a directory of safe and trusted health apps for your smart phone. These apps have been reviewed by the NHS to ensure that the information that they provide is safe to use. These apps can provide a range of support from managing your daily health, managing your social care to even helping you get a better nights sleep. NHS choices are also asking people to submit ideas for new apps to add to the list so you can get involved in how this online app library grows. So if you want to get mobile with your health check out the NHS choices approved apps by clicking here.
Live It Well are very happy to announce that the first of our Live It Library stories have now gone online. The Live It Library contains your stories of recovery and hope. The aim of the library is to share stories, challenge stigma, promote understanding, to offer hope and to enable people to speak honestly about their experiences.
To find out more and to go to the Live It Library click here.
TheLive It Library is a collaborative project being run being hosted on Live It Well between Live It Well (KCC), Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and Rethink Mental Illness.
As well as ideas that can help everyone stay well, it has information for people who use mental health services, carers and mental health professionals.
We would like to hear about your experiences and stories. If you would like give us some feedback on the website or inform us of any corrections or have a suggestion for improvements please use our contact form.
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