New East Kent Mind service is offering Thanet workshops

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A new mental health support service has been set up for east Kent by charity Mind.

East Kent Mind is currently holding workshops to support people in Thanet.

These focus on mindfulness, coping with depression, coping with anxiety and stress and on confidence and self-esteem improvement.

They are being held at The Corner in Whitehall Road, Ramsgate, on January 4,14 and 21 from 1pm-3pm and separate sessions on January 7, 14 and 21 from 10am to noon; Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs on January 2,9,16 from 10am to noon; and Mill Lane House, Margate on January 2,9 and 16 from 5.30pm-7pm.

If you are interested in attending please email [email protected] or call 0208 303 8932,

East Kent Mind is affiliated to Mind in Bexley. This is affiliated to National Mind but is run independently and has its own constitution and board of Trustees.

Keep up to date on the East Kent Mind facebook page here

The service is one of a package of measures being set up in Thanet particularly in response to an outcry over problems accessing mental health help.

The doors will also open at a crisis café in Ramsgate in March 2020 to help those living with mental ill health following a successful £4million bid by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). .

The Isle of Thanet News revealed the successful bid, made during a mental health summit at the Winter Gardens.

The initial calls for the crisis café were made by Thanet mental health support group Speak UpCIC and publicised by The Isle of Thanet News in November last year.

This year the call was renewed following the tragic deaths of three young Thanet men who had been unable to access mental health services.

Family and friends of Ben Stone, and his brother Lee Thrumble, Marc Wood and Paul Connell, organised the highly successful Football United fundraiser and were among those at a meeting in Ramsgate in July organised by councillor Karen Constantine in response to the tragedies.

At that meeting a panel, including Thanet doctor Jihad Malasi, pledged to find ways to improve services for Thanet residents.