This page is designed to provide links to health information as well as to access services available to you on the NHS for which you can self-refer without needing to see your GP first. Follow the links to the various websites.
Provides a wealth of information from the NHS on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.
Health Living and Lifestyle Advice
One You This service encourages us all to lead healthier lives. The free online health quiz, called ‘How Are You?’, helps to identify where adults can make small lifestyle changes to take better care of themselves and take charge of their health. The quiz provides personalised recommendations and directs people to tools and advice created by experts to help them take action where it’s most needed.
Live Well Kent Designed to help you improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing, a free service for anyone over 17. You might want to improve your everyday living, become more independent and confident, meet new people, get better skills or find a job. Whatever it is, they're there to help, what is discussed will remain confidential.
As well as the NHS Choices website there is information on Minor Illnesses, Family Health, Long Term Conditions etc under Further Information on the right hand side of this page.
Health Help Now - Kent For information on medical symptoms and advice (as well as local services but currently only for North & East Kent and Medway)
Mental Health & Well Being and Addictions
West Kent Talking Therapies – Think Action If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, panicky, low or sad, West Kent Talking Therapies can help. By providing a range of free and confidential talking therapies, face to face, over the phone and online, on behalf of the NHS. Contact Talking Therapies to find out how they can help you. You can refer yourself.
Private Counselling To find a local counsellor visit the Counselling Directory website.
Mental Health - Including Helplines for urgent help
Mental Health Matters Helpline for people with mental health problems, their carers, families and friends. The Team can offer emotional guidance and information and help people who may be feeling low, anxious or stressed or in extreme emotional distress and feel that there is nowhere else to turn. Support is also provided to people caring for another person and finding it difficult to cope. The service is confidential unless it is considered there is a risk to yourself or others. Webchat available 24/7, or phone 08000 1070 160
Mind can help you make choices about treatment, understand your rights or reach out to sources of suppor, there is an online tool for urgent help, or phone 0300 123 3393 or Text 86463
Samaritans Whatever you're going through, call free any time on 116 123. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call them on the phone, you don't have to be suicidal to call.
Or in an acute emergency attend A&E at The Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury
Alcoholics Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
West Kent Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service Part of the national social care and health charity Change, Grow, Live (CGL), the West Kent Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service offers a range of services to adults negatively affected by drug and/or alcohol use in West Kent, including intensive community-based support options, treatment and rehabilitation services to meet individual needs. We also offer advice and support to family and friends. The service is free and confidential, and available to anyone 18 or over who lives in West Kent. We have hubs in Maidstone, Gravesend and Tonbridge and also run satellite services across all parts of West Kent.
Gamblers Anonymous UK This site offers various help for the compulsive gambler including a Forum, Chat Room, Literature and of course most importantly a meeting finder. Meetings are the core of Gamblers Anonymous and we have meetings every day of the week throughout the UK.
LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential and we aim to be; ‘here if you need us.’ we support LGBT people to increase their skills, knowledge and self-confidence to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing. Phone 0345 330 3030
Switchboard LGBT+ helpline A telephone service giving support advice and referrals to young people who may be confused about their sexuality, as well as providing advice on gay issues. Helpline: 0300 330 0630 (lines open 10am to 10pm).
We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone. We have laid deep foundations across Britain so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.
You can call the national sexual health helpline free on 0300 123 7123, your call will be treated with sensitivity and in strict confidence. Visit the NHS choices pages for further information
You can contact a sexual assault referral centre (SARC), where you can get specialist support and medical care if you have been sexually assaulted, for more information click here
KCC Sexual Health website gives information on local clinics and services. You can check symptoms of STI's and even order a home testing kit if you don't want to attend a clinic.
Terrence Higgins Trust is at the forefront of the fight against HIV and improving the nation’s sexual health.
Social Care and Support
The Kent County Council website shows you where to get help if you or someone you care for needs support due to illness, disability, old age or low income. You can report abuse of a child or adult and find out KCC’s responsibility for public health. There is information on local services for those with specific health needs. You can contact KCC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems. We help with everything from money issues to problems at work, housing to consumer rights. Sometimes a person has more than one problem, and often they are linked. We tackle issues in the round making sure people get all of the support they need.
Carers First Do you look after a relative or friend who could not manage without your support? Then you are a carer and you may wish to talk to Carers First about your caring situation. Carers FIRST supports adult and young carers, providing emotional and practical support, advice, information, guidance and more!
Compaid supports disabled and vulnerable people, their services are available to anyone with a physical or learning disability, as well as those with sensory or communication difficulties, or age related conditions. Their services are designed to help disabled and other vulnerable people to overcome the barriers of social, digital and economic exclusion.
Tonbridge and Malling Seniors Forum For those age over 50 TAMS holds meetings on alternate months, each meeting with one of more speakers, talking about subjects of use and interest to the over 50s, including services, home care, looking after yourself, health care and so on. TAMS have also held Information Days with a variety of service providers have attended.