Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week. It is important to know what support is available and how it can be accessed- you don't have to suffer alone.

This information is useful to all Medway residents as well as health and social care professionals. 


If you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health, do not suffer in silence. Asking for help shows strength in character and sets the course for change and recovery.

For information relating to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, NHS Moodzone can provide practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to promote mental and emotional wellbeing.

Where can I go for help?

Do not worry if you would like support but too anxious to ask. Mental health support can be provided in various forms such as: face-to-face, telephone, and online.

In the first instance, talk to your GP. They should be able to assess your heath and support you to make a choice on your next step towards recovery.

Talking Therapies

Medway Talking Therapies offer short term free counselling services for people over 18 suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and other common mental health issues. You can self-refer or be referred by a health professional by calling 0300 029 3000. 

Mental Health Crisis

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call Mental Health Single Point of Access for support – 0300 222 0123. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Mental Health Helplines

Mental Health Matters

Feeling distressed, anxious or down, call Mental Health Matters on 0800 107 0160.Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The helpline consists of a team of highly trained and experienced support workers who provide emotional guidance and information.

The Samaritans

The helpline provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 08457 909090.

Community Support Groups

Megan CIC

Group support for adults that have or have had mental health issues. Events are also held to allow Medway residents to express their views on the provision of mental health support in Medway. 01634 402077 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunlight Wellbeing Café

Activity group with a wide range of opportunities to develop new skills, have fun, relax, and make new friends. Open Friday/Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon. 01634 338600 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Improving Mental Health Provision

Social drop-in evenings and overnight crisis support for those suffering with their mental health.

07521 678521