Choose your way to quit – Get the app

stoptoberStuart wanted to quit smoking for his children. He used the free Stoptober app to keep him motivated throughout the day, which helped him become smokefree.

Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home#uSYBPBkMCHPA5Iqq.99


How to recognise abuse and neglect – 1

Stop Adult AbuseThere are different kinds of abuse and it can happen anywhere. It occurs when someone exploits another person or treats them in a way that harms or hurts them. It can happen once or on multiple occasions. People who abuse are not always strangers. They can also be: partners, relatives, a friend, neighbour or carer.

Types of Abuse

Some of the different types of abuse are described below.

Physical abuse

is when someone is physically harmed by another person, for example through assault, such as slapping, pushing, kicking or rough handling. It can also include the misuse of medication, or inappropriate sanctions or restraint.

Sexual abuse

relates to any sexual activity which the adult has not consented to, was not able to consent to or was pressured into consenting to. This can include rape, sexual assault or harassment, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or inappropriate touching.

Psychological abuse

includes emotional abuse, verbal assault, intimidation, bullying, cyber bullying, abandonment, threats of harm, humiliation or blaming. Any unjustified withdrawal of services or support networks is also a form of psychological abuse, as is not letting the person have choices or ignoring their wishes.

To report abuse,

contact Kent County Council on 03000 41 61 61 or if someone is in immediate risk, dial 999. Support will be provided by specially trained people to victims of abuse and those who report it

Kent County Council, Stop adult abuse – how to protect yourself and others (PDF, 107.2 KB)

October is International Walk to School Month

iwsmThousands of children across the world will be celebrating walking to school.

Why the walk to school matters

Happier children

It’s been proven that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.

Less congestion

During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.

Cleaner air

The school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of CO2 per year. Imagine what we could achieve if we began converting some of these rides to strides?


Stopping Adult Abuse

Stop Adult Abuseit’s everyone’s responsibility

Adult abuse is everyone’s business and this Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (3-7 October), residents of Kent and Medway are urged to “See It, Report It, Stop It”.

The best weapon against abuse is talking about it and anyone with concerns about a loved one, colleague, friend, neighbour or themselves needs to tell us about it. (more…)

Have your say on Kent’s Autism Strategy

autism-768x549Kent is launching a consultation into a new strategy to improve the outcomes, experiences and support for adults with autism.

At the core of the strategy is creating an autism-friendly society in Kent for the estimated 13,431 people in the county who live with the condition.

Local authorities are required to develop their own local plan as set out in the National Autism Strategy ‘Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives’.

Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “It is estimated that autism affects about 1.1% of the population and it can have a significant impact on every aspect of their lives and the lives of those close to them.

“We are committed to improving diagnosis, assessment and support for those with the condition as well as increasing understanding in the community so we can all support people with autism to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.

“We value the views of people in Kent and we are inviting you to have your say in helping us to shape a strategy which makes Kent truly autism friendly.” (more…)

REACT SMART: talk, listen, take control

It's OK to talkTalking and listening always helps because when we talk we see solutions we would probably never find through thinking alone. (After all, that’s why humans have always lived and worked in groups and not alone.) Often you don t need any special skills for this. You can listen to a mate. A mate can listen to you.

But there’s no shame in asking for expert support when you need it — from your GP, from a helpline. Sometimes that’s the smart thing to do.

Since you can’t control what happens to you in life, only what you do about it, sometimes asking for support is the best way to take back control.

There are many places where you can find what you need.

More help on the Smartcard. Keep it in your wallet.


Samaritans – call 116 123
free anytime day or night

Release the Pressure
Call 0800 107 0160
Chat online www.mentalhealthmatters.com/our-services/helpline-services/time-online/

CALM — call 0800 585858
free 5pm till12 midnight

NHS non emergency:
Call 111

Contact your GP

Download Stay Alive app at prevent-suicide.org.uk