Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Events — Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

09/05/2022 until 15/05/2022

You’ve got a Friend at Fremlin…

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 9th – 15th May 2022, and this year’s theme is loneliness.

Loneliness has affected more people than ever before over the past few years, so we’ve set up our “You’ve Got a Friend at Fremlin” campaign to help raise awareness of the steps we can take to address it 💚

Buddy Bench

If you feel lonely or need someone to talk to whilst you’re visiting us here at Fremlin Walk, go and take a seat on our Buddy Bench, located at the top of the Earl Street stairs. We have a mental health first aider on site who will be happy to come and sit with you. Please call 01622 356584 for assistance.

Alternatively, you might just be looking for a fellow shopper to chat to. Taking a seat on our Buddy Bench is a signal that you’re open to chat to whoever comes and sits next to you.

Maidstone Mental Health Awareness Week Trail

Local charities, the Young Lives Foundation & Mid-Kent MIND are joining forces to raise awareness of Mental Health Week! With the theme this year being loneliness, the Children’s charity and Mental health charity have created a short Mindful Route around Maidstone town centre and the riverfront, bringing residents together to take a step back in time, learning about the history of our town as well as giving some top tips to care for your mental health! Our Buddy Bench will be one of the stops along the way!

The route is free to download and is available throughout the whole of May! Download your copy here. So call your friends, colleagues, neighbours, pets and loved ones – it’s time to don your shoes and get walking for Mental Health Week!

The Young Lives Foundation will also have a small information stall here at Fremlin Walk, plus they’ll be bringing their mascot, Lenny the Lion, with them to come and visit our Buddy Bench!

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Coffee Morning with Involve Kent

Keep updated here for information about our first ever coffee morning. Teaming up with the staff at Involve Kent, Fremlin Walk will be hosting a coffee morning for individuals experiencing loneliness to drop in for a complimentary coffee to get the help and support they need. The date is still to be confirmed, but watch this space!

For additional mental health services please contact:

Mid-Kent Mind – 01622 692383

Samaritans – 116 123

Involve Kent – 03000 810005

Young Lives Foundation – 01622 693459

Maidstone Community Mental Health Team – 01622 766900

Age UK – 01622 753618

British Red Cross – 0300 456 1155

MHA Communities Kent – 01303 258 723

Omega – 01743 245088

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