For this year’s World Mental Health Day, we’re spotlighting our ever-growing bank of resources to help all our university community improve their mental health, and know how to get support when and how they need it. Follow @UniKentSSW on socials for advice on wellbeing and information on 1:1 support as well as workshops and events to help you stay well and connected.
Mental health support at Kent
Did you know we have a large and diverse team of mental health experts ready to help students in Canterbury and Medway, and online?
Our team of mental health experts includes mental health advisers, counsellors and mentors, who can help you with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, adjusting to university life and relationship difficulties. As well as providing short term focused interventions and supporting you to develop coping strategies, our specialist practitioners can liaise with your academic School to develop an Inclusive Learning Plan which may include exam adjustments, use of enabling equipment or provision of class resources.
We have a free and confidential counselling service where you can talk about whatever is troubling you or causing you emotional distress, even if it’s nothing to do with university.
Commitment to mental health and wellbeing
We have joined the University Mental Health Charter which was created by Student Minds to support universities across the UK in making mental health a university-wide priority.
We want you to be part of creating this cultural change, where we #StopTheStigma around mental health difficulties, and co-create our services and responses to mental health needs with student participation.
If you’re interested in collaborating on shaping university strategies around mental health, please email WellbeingEvents@kent.ac.uk and we will contact you about being part of a student group.
Support around the clock:
Mental health partner organisations
Spectrum Life is available on weekdays from 8.00-20.00, weekends and bank holidays. They can work with you in getting initial support and help during your crisis and the University Student Support and Wellbeing teams will contact you on the next working day.
Kent students can access free, 24/7 online support for issues around mental health and wellbeing via Togetherall. They also have some great online workshops on topics such as assertiveness training, managing post traumatic stress disorder and managing OCD.
Black mental health
October is also Black History Month and at Kent, while celebrating Black Excellence for #BHM2021, we’re also working to support the mental health of Black and racially minoritised students. We have a therapeutic group for black female students beginning later this month, led by one of our qualified and experienced counsellors. Check out this blogpost with advice on racism and protecting your mental health #BHMKent2021
Have you tried Mindfulness?
There is a very active Mindfulness community at Kent, offering several free drop-in meditation classes each Wednesday, both online and in person, so you can join in wherever you are. They are led by a qualified mindfulness instructor and student volunteers. It’s a great place to nourish a sense of meaningful connection both to yourself and with other students.
As well support for individuals with mental health conditions, we offer frequent online and in person workshops and events for all students to enhance and maintain their wellbeing, such as Managing Stress, Finding Friends and Coping with Loneliness at University and Understanding Your Bereavement. Have a look at our Events Calendar for information on what’s coming up.
Student Support and Wellbeing produce monthly newsletters with what’s on, as well as useful resources, sent directly into your inbox – sign up to receive these by emailing WellbeingEvents@kent.ac.uk.
Where else might I find support?
Want more information for specific issues such as anxiety, addiction, bereavement, obsessive compulsive disorder and others? Check out the extensive Self-help resource list, compiled by our mental health experts.