Coronavirus: mental health and wellbeing support
We're still here to help
The impact coronavirus (Covid-19) is having on our daily life may be affecting your mental health or putting you under added pressure.
You may be increase experiencing feelings of anxiety, low mood or deeper feelings of loneliness or isolation, especially if you feel cut off from support networks you usually have.
External pressures like losing a job or home, physical health problems or money worries can also affect your mental wellbeing – leaving you feeling alone.
You may be concerned about coronavirus and how it could affect your health and your life or be having to spend a lot of time at home by yourself. You may be worried about going out and being around other people – including going in to work or back to school.
The majority of our support is currently being delivered online and over the phone. In some instances, support is given in-person (with coronavirus safety precautions in place). All of our mental health support will be done in-person when it is safe to do so.
How we can help with mental health and wellbeing
Porchlight is one of Kent’s biggest providers of mental health and wellbeing support in local communities through Live Well Kent.
We offer a range of free support across the county. If you want to find out what mental health support might be available for you, click here to contact us online (please mention mental health in the subject heading) or you can call us on 0800 567 7699.
Our helpline advisers will listen carefully so they can give you guidance and help you access the right local support for you personally. They won't judge you and are committed to your privacy.
If you are referred to Porchlight’s services for more help, one our support team will work with you to set achievable goals and actions that can help you move forward. You choose what you want help with and what support you want to access.
If you are already under the care of your GP or a consultant, we can connect with them if it helps, to ensure you can find the right support for you.
If you are in emotional distress
If you need help for a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, it is important to know that support is still available, even if services seem busy at the moment.
The Release the Pressure team in Kent is available 24/7 to provide urgent support with trained counsellors who will listen, no matter what you are going through.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, feel unable to keep yourself safe or you’re worried about someone else, it may feel overwhelming but you are not alone and there is support out there: text the word Kent to 85258 or call 0800 107 0160 for free confidential support at any time.
Their text support service is a 24/7 service. It is confidential, free for most mobile phone networks, and won't show up on your phone bill.
You can also webchat with Mental Health Matters, an independent charity, who are available 24/7.
Or for a listening ear or just someone to talk to the Samaritans are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call them on 116 123 (Freephone)