Lowfield Medical Centre

01322 224550

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.

Self-Help Leaflets

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. Counselling, 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 counselling on debt management and budgeting. Will act on behalf of the client and are backed by the government. They provide telephone counselling and their number in free phone.

www.carerskent.org – They provide short breaks, support groups and counselling. 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.

Porchlight – Is the pressure of day-to-day life affecting your mental health? Are you struggling to manage your money or your relationships?

Porchlight’s community link team can help connect you with support for these issues – and more – in the local area. They will also give you one-to-one advice and guidance.

This is a completely free service for anyone aged 17 or over.

Voluntary Services

Invicta Advocacy Services
7-9 Hythe Street, Dartford, DA1 1BE
9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday
Tel: 01322 285234


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


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

Tel: 0808 2000 247

Volunteer Centre
33 Essex Road, Dartford, DA1 2AU
Tel: 01322 291164 / 272476

Kent Adult Social Services
Tel: 08458 247247

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

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