Kooth Parent and Carer Information Sessions for June and July
You may have been made aware by school or a professional of a service called Kooth. Kooth is designed to support the wellbeing and resilience of young people and is available for 10-25 year olds in Kent. Kooth is running free online parent information sessions in June & July. The sessions are designed to help you understand how Kooth can support your child with their mental health and wellbeing. Each session will cover:
A Presentation on Kooth
- A Live tour of the Kooth site
- An opportunity for Questions & Answers about Kooth
Please click on the registration link for the date/time you’d like to attend:
Please ensure you register for the webinar of your choice.
Tues 15 June
12pm – 1pm
Weds 30 June
6pm – 7pm
Tues 13 July
6pm – 7pm
Kooth provides a safe, secure means of accessing help via the internet. By accessing Kooth, young people can benefit from:
A free, confidential, anonymous and safe way to receive support online.
Out of hours’ availability. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop in basis.
Online Counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions.
Discussion Boards which are all pre-moderated allow young people to access peer to peer support.
Online Magazine full of moderated articles many of which are submitted by young people offering advice and guidance on a huge range of topics.
No referral is required. Young people can register for kooth independently at www.kooth.comTo find out more visit www.Kooth.comIf you have any questions or would like to discuss what Kooth.com can offer, please address them to the school/[professional. If you would prefer to contact Kooth directly, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
Patients of Buckland Surgery, Peter Street Surgery and Tara Surgery
All three Surgeries, Buckland Medical Centre, Tara and Peter Street Surgery have been working collaboratively together for the past seven years. Now we feel the time is right to merge all three surgeries. This will take effect as from 23rd April 2021. We would like to reassure our patients that all services currently provided will remain the same at all three sites.
World Hypertension Day
Yesterday was World Hypertension Day 2021. This year's theme was "Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer" and is focusing on accurate blood pressure measurement methods. To download the World Hypertension Day Fact Sheet click here.
It, therefore, seems appropriate that, as part of the Blood Pressure Monitoring@Home programme, we are in the middle of delivering blood pressure monitors to practices in Kent and Medway. They will be delivered to practices in west Kent next week. Last week we delivered in Medway and Swale, and it will be the turn of practices in east Kent and Dartford Gravesham and Swanley in the next few weeks.
Covid-19 vaccination programme
Mental Health Awareness Week - 10th-16th May
During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. And we’ve seen that the support we all need just isn’t out there.
The Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is asking people to focus on Nature.
During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. The Mental Health Foundation's research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.
It was as if we were re-discovering at our most fragile point our fundamental human need to connect with nature.
The NHS website Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk) is a trusted and reliable source of health and wellbeing information.
Children and Young People can access specific support and information at Children and young people's mental health services (CYPMHS) information for children and young people - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Kent & Medway Mental Health Support for Families
Please find attached the Kent and Medway Mental Health Booklet for Families. It is in an easy to read/print format and includes a range of services to help you look after the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and adults.
Includes Us 2 Support Groups After Easter 2021
Includes Us 2 is a parent driven charity providing services for disabled children and their families, in the areas of Ashford, Dover and Shepway.
Due to the current need for increased social distancing measures, Includes Us 2 will be offering a series of “Zoom Time” support groups over the next few months instead of our usual face to face meetings. “Zoom Time” provides a relaxed and informal space for parents & carers of children with a disability or a special educational need to get together “virtually” and access information and support. Speakers are regularly invited to these sessions to provide information and advice about specialist services.
Bump, Births and Beyond
A new NHS website has launched in Kent and Medway to help expectant parents make informed choices about their maternity care.
Bump, Birth and Beyond brings together information about local maternity services into one place for the first time, to make it easier for women to find out about antenatal care, post-natal care and options for giving birth.
The website was developed by the Local Maternity System (LMS), with feedback from local women and families, and working closely with midwives, clinicians, health visitors, local Maternity Voices Partnership representatives and partner organisations. It follows recommendations from the Better Births national review. which sets out a vision for safer, more personalised maternity services in England.
Developing Kent and Medway maternal mental health services
The Local Maternity System is working with TONIC to conduct interviews and surveys with women and their partners who have experienced birth trauma or loss. This is to support the roll-out of maternal mental health services across Kent and Medway, following the pilot project currently running in east Kent: Thrive: Psychological Support for Birth Trauma and Loss. Further information for patients is available on the new Bump, Birth and Beyond maternity services website and the KMCCG website.
Community Services in Dover (updated 17th March 2021)
Dover District Council are pleased to provide the Support Services List to the public.
Created in collaboration with Health and Social Care providers, Voluntary sector, Community groups and Department for Work & Pensions it is designed to provide a useful list of information such as:
- Key contacts
- Emergency Food
- Access to Cash Options
- Shopping, Prescriptions and Meals
- Food shops & wholesalers delivering locally
- Mental Health support
- Carer Support and Special Needs
- Older People's Services
- Young People's Services
- Miscellaneous Community Support
- Community Safety
- Benefits, Jobs & Debt
- Utilities, Council Tax and Dover District Council services
- Local Housing Providers
- Emergency Health & Patient Transport
The full list can be viewed here Services in Dover Newsletter_ Edition 17.pdf and can be printed.
If you would like to be included in the next Support Services list please contact the Community Services Team at Dover District Council.