Mental Health and Wellbeing

Like adults young people often struggle with mental health. This can range from 'feeling low' to anxiety, depression and eating disorders. At Hartsdown we are committed to helping our children to:

  • Promote an environment where mental health can be talked about and where those with mental health issues are not discriminated against.
  • Learn how to keep mentally healthy
  • Understand what mental health is and how to talk about it
  • Support our children in getting the help they need

To do this we:

  • Trained 15 members of staff in Mental Health First Aid. This is a recognised course to train staff in how to spot mental health issues and to be able to support children/adults in their mental health.
  • Trained all staff in how to talk about mental health and understand the primary issues
  • Do annual assemblies on Mental Health
  • Teach wellbeing through our SUMO program
  • Teach wellbeing in PSHE/RE
  • Provide resources for parents, children and staff to talk about mental health

Useful websites

For an overview, and for the latest national policies:

Mental Health Foundation                                           

Centre for Mental Health                                             

For information on a whole range of mental health problems, and for details of national and local services:

National Mind                                                              

Rethink Mental Illness                                                 

For local services, and training courses:

West Kent Mind                                                           

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)                                  

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)    

For information and resources about specific conditions:

Sleep and mental health.                                             

Anxiety UK                                                                    

Depression Alliance                                                      

No Panic                                                                       

OCD Action                                                                   

Bipolar UK                                                                    

Beat (beating eating disorders)                                   

National Self Harm Network                                       


For information on drugs:




CBT Online                                                                    



Hearing Voices Network                                              

Young Minds                                                                 

Counselling Directory                                                    

Guide to Childhood Nutrition                                        

Mental Health Resources

Contacting Kent CYPMHS

There is a single point of access to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services. Its purpose is to provide support, advice, and guidance to individual children and young people, their parents or carers, and health and social care professionals including those who wish to refer to a service and those seeking guidance or information.

Anyone who contacts the single point of access and is not eligible for a commissioned service will be signposted to alternative support.

Contact details for Kent CYPMHS single point of access

Telephone: 0300 123 4496


For more information about the service, please visit

Operating times

Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm

Saturday: 8am to 12 noon

The NELFT Mental Health Direct (MHD) team provides additional support out of hours and weekends in the form of telephone advice, and triage to Crisis teams. The telephone number is 0300 555 1000.

Eating Disorder Service Contact Details

Telephone: 0300 300 1980


For more information about the service, please visit

Referrals by letter, with the appropriate information, will still be accepted by both services.

Mental Health Services in Kent

Eating Disorders Services in Kent