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Mental Health

One in four adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year. People in all walks of life can be affected and at any point in their lives, including new mothers, children, teenagers, adults and older people. Mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK. The cost to the economy is estimated at £105 billion a year – roughly the cost of the entire NHS.*

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The adult population of east Kent is 642,000 and at any one time;

  • 92,946 (14%) will have a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression.
  • 34,632 (5%) will have longer term and more complex mental health problems.
  • 45,454 (7%) will have mental health problems associated with their physical health needs.**

The East Kent Mental Health Commissioning Team cover all four of east Kent’s CCGs and they:

  • Provide leadership and delivery of the east Kent CCG-wide mental health strategy.
  • Provide leadership for east Kent CCGs on Kent-wide service developments in mental health.
  • Support the development of local CCG mental health strategies.

The East Kent Mental Health Strategy 2016 – 2021 has been developed to set out the priorities for improving mental health for the adult population of east Kent for 2016 to 2021. 

Download the Year One Report. This report summarises the progress against the strategy for year one (2016 – 2017). 

NHS Therapy and Counselling

  • Have you seen your GP or Doctor and they have recommended you see a counsellor and get some therapy?
  • Are you feeling stressed or depressed or anxious?
  • Or struggling with a phobia, eating disorder or addiction?
  • Or if you are looking for someone to help you through a difficult time in life, maybe a friend or relative has died or you’re struggling with fertility of if you have lost your job?

Why not refer yourself into see a NHS funded therapist? You can find listings of your local services.

East Kent Care Crisis Concordat 

The East Kent Adult Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat Action Group meeting is sub group of the Kent wide group. It is a multi-disciplinary group to provide oversight, support and scope to plan and deliver adult mental health crisis care in east Kent supporting the delivery of key national and local priorities. The meeting will provide strategic oversight, findings, outcomes and benefits which will be evaluated and developed to ensure that any redesign provides the best outcomes for service users and carers. Find out more.

If you have any further questions please contact us at: ekmentalhealth.commissioning@nhs.net.  

KMPT - The Kent and Medway Partnership Trust

The Kent and Medway Partnership Trust (KMPT) delivers secondary mental health care in east Kent. 

KMPT has recently introduced a single point of access telephone service for patients, carers and clinicians seeking mental health advice and support. The number is open 24 hours per day. Please call: 0300 222 0123 or learn where to go in a crisis.  

Children & Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS)

The North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) provides the county wide Children & Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS). There is a single point of access for referrals to the new service and referrals will be welcomed from all sources. 

Address: Kent Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service, 12 Foster Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6NH | Telephone: 0300 123 4496 | Email: nem-tr.kentcypmhs.referrals@nhs.net  or to access the referral form, click here.


Live Well Kent

Live Well Kent is the community based mental health support service. Refer yourself or someone else into local community services, email them at info@livewellkent.org.uk or call 0800 567 7699.

Get Involved

The East Kent Mental Health Commissioning Team is working with people who use the service, carers and anyone else who is interested in shaping mental health services in the future.  This  ‘co-production’ work could mean filling in surveys or meeting with other people to share your views, but there’s no pressure to do or say anything you don’t want to. If you are interested in getting involved please email the team at: ekmentalhealth.commissioning@nhs.net

Comments or Complaints

If you want to comment on the services that KMPT delivers please go to:


*Mental Health: Five Year Forward View by the Mental Health Taskforce (Feb 2016) https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mental-Health-Taskforce-FYFV-final.pdf

**Kent Public Health Observatory Mental Health JSNA 2014:http://www.kpho.org.uk/health-intelligence/disease-groups/mental-health/mental-health-needs-assessment