Mental health support services in Canterbury

Canterbury has a number of professional support services available for everyone in the city.

Whether you’re feeling a bit down or suffer from mental health issues, the city has a lot to offer in the way of support.

There is more than just the universities support available in Canterbury. Unified have been catching up with some of the other services on offer.


One of the most well known nationwide services, Samaritans name was founded after the Daily Mirror described them as ‘good samaritans’ and it stuck.

Their Canterbury branch is located at number 32, Northgate, Canterbury, CT1 1BL

They offer a variety of services including face to face drop ins, a text messaging service, calls and email.

The Samaritans don’t just offer support to those feeling suicidal though, they also provide emotional support for anyone feeling distressed.

They never offer advice as they believe the caller should be responsible for their own decisions, but if people do ask for advice the Samaritans will signpost them to other organisations.

Listen below to our chat with Peter Lansley who is a listener at Canterbury and District Samaritans…

Take Off

Take off offer talking and activity groups with no referral needed.

They have a number of different services to suit everyone from young peer support to a Bipolar Group.

Take Off’s Assistant Director Ellie Williams explains the services they offer: “Take Off runs entirely on the peer support model and most of our services take the form of self-help groups, which are either ‘talking’ or ‘doing’ focused.

“In the former, we enable people to explore their conditions together and in the latter, we provide creative activity to enjoy. The intention is that the ‘doing’ groups also enable people to share experiences but with a positive distraction.”

Take Off – Image: Google Maps

Ellie says that people shouldn’t be worried about contacting them and everyone at Take Off has a wealth of experience and some have even suffered themselves.

“We are a peer support charity so already come with a wealth of lived experiences, some of us have suffered with crippling anxiety and other debilitating mental health problems so we understand how nerve racking it can be to find help.

“Mental Health is a spectrum of symptoms and experiences but there are things that everyone has in common so you’ll be able to relate to someone.”

As well as Canterbury Take Off also offer support in Thanet, South Kent and Ashford.

Contact: Phone 01227 788 211 and leave a message on the answerphone or you can have a chat over the phone. All our Take Off’s peer workers are on their website if you want to familiarise yourself before heading down.

Head over to their website, Facebook or Twitter to find out more.


Christ Church offer a range of their own support services available to students.

They have a mental wellbeing team to talk to as well as drop in sessions in Augustin House.

They also have the Chaplaincy that offers a confidential listening service and a non-judgemental safe space.

The university also has a BIG WHITE WALL which is a free online 24/7 service that allows you to get support, take control and feel better.

Useful support contacts:

University Student Welbeing Advisers: 01227 922675 Email

University Emotional Wellbeing Advice: 01227 923056 Email

University Chaplaincy: 01227 922538 Email

The Samaritans: 01227 457777 or 116 123 Email

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One thought on “Mental health support services in Canterbury

  • 16/04/2018 at 11:46 pm

    The big white wall is unfortunately only free for people aged 16 to 18 in canterbury.

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