Lowfield Medical Centre

Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental Health problems are common and may affect 1 in 4 of us during our lifetime. They can be very devastating as not only are you coping with the mental health problem itself, but it may impact on many other aspects of your life. We have listed below a number or local and national services that may be helpful to you.

Voluntary Services

Invicta Advocacy Services

7-9 Hythe Street, Dartford, DA1 1BE

9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday

Tel: 01322 285234

www.invicta-advocacy-network.org.uk

Age Concern

Meadowside, Dartford, DA1 2RZ

Tel: 01322 291213

Mind (Dartford & Gravesham)

18 West Hill, Dartford, DA1 2EP

Tel: 01322 291380

Mind Info Line: 0845 766 0163

One-One Youth Befriending Scheme

Enterprise House, Essex Road, Dartford, DA1 2EP

Tel: 01322 294005

Oasis Counselling Centre

East Hill, Dartford, DA1 1RZ

Tel: 01322 294430

www.oasisdartford.org.uk

Salvation Army

Wellington Road, Dartford, DA1 3EH

Tel: 01689 834762

Citizens Advice Bureau

Trinity Resource Centre, High Street, Dartford, DA1 1DE

Tel: 01322 220448

Dial North West Kent (Disability Information and Advice Line)

Northfleet Veterens Club, The Hill, Northfleet, DA11 9EU

11.30am - 3.00pm Monday - Friday

Tel: 01474 321761

Job Centre Plus

61 Lowfield Street, Dartford, DA1 1JY

Tel: 01322 484500

NW Kent Council for Voluntary Services

Enterprise House, 8 Essex Road, Dartford, DA1 2AU

Tel: 01322 291060 / 293484

Refuge

Tel: 0808 2000 247

www.refuge.org.uk

Volunteer Centre

33 Essex Road, Dartford, DA1 2AU

Tel: 01322 291164 / 272476

Kent Adult Social Services

Tel: 08458 247247

Rethink

Tel: 0845 456 0455

Samaritans - 24 hours

Tel: 08457 909090

Mental Health Matters

Tel: 0800 107 0160

Addiction Services

We have listed below national and local services for addiction. It may be helpful for you to contact these agencies if you wish to seek help for your addiction.

KCA (Kent Council on Addiction)

Tel: 01474 567581

Action for Change

Tel: 0300 111 2470 (local rate)
Tel: 01424 460066

Website: www.action-for-change.org

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

Tel: 01622 751842 / 0845 769 7555

Al-Anon - for families & friends of alcoholics

Tel: 0207 403 0888

West Kent Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service

Tel: 01474 566659

Website: www.westkentrecovery.org.uk

National Drugs Helpline

Tel: 0800 776600

Action for Change

Tel: 01424 460066

Drinkline

Tel: 0800 917 8282

ADFAM - for families & friends of drug users

Tel: 0207 553 7640

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Tel: 0808 2000 247

Turning Point

6 Hythe Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1BX

Tel: 01732 525438

Psychological Services

There are 2 primary mental health care workers attached to our practice and your doctor will discuss with you whether a referral is appropriate. We have listed a number of websites below that you may find helpful before you come for an appointment. Your psychologist may also suggest some of these websites as part of your therapy. We hope you find them helpful.

Useful Websites

www.livinglifetothefull.com - A free self help programme for anxiety and depression which is audio visual. It is founded by NHS psychologist and author Dr Chris Williams. Users can follow the programme at their own pace and select the appropriate modules.  There are also handouts to print out and task to complete.

www.fiveareas.com - Connected to the above website. It has anxiety control downloads, handouts and books available to order.

www.dgsmind.co.uk - For details of the local MIND projects and groups

www.hiddenhurt.co.uk - For victims of abuse and domestic violence it provides a helpline and a comprehensive list of useful supportive organisations.

www.getconnected.org.uk - Free telephone and email helpline for young people that can help put them in touch with the support they need.

www.thegrand.org.uk - Based in Gravesend. Counseling, a sexual health drop in and support for young people. They also run a silver surfers internet club to train the over 50’s in using the web.

www.ocdaction.org.uk - They provide information on the different types of OCD, support groups and will send information packs and also have a helpline.

www.cccs.co.uk - Provide free counseling on debt management and budgeting. Will act on behalf of the client and are backed by the government. They provide telephone counseling and their number in free phone.

www.carerskent.org - They provide short breaks, support groups and counseling. They often have events such as pamper days where local massage and aroma therapists etc attend (details in their newsletter).

www.b-eat.co.uk - They offer advice for eating disorders.

Anorexia Nervosa - A survival guide for Families, Friends and Sufferer by Janet Treasure. Available on Amazon.

Young Minds - Charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.