Mental Health Helplines

If you are struggling with your mental health and need someone to talk to, there are local support helplines across the Folkestone & Hythe and Dover districts, as well as national helplines available 24/7.


Samaritans is a 24/7, confidential and non-judgmental support service. You can talk to them at any time and in your own way. They are here for anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts which could lead to self-harm or suicide.

The Folkestone, Dover and Hythe Samaritans are situated on Cambridge Gardens near the centre of Folkestone. For more information, visit:

Release the Pressure

Release the Pressure is a free confidential support helpline available at any time. Expert advice from trained counsellors is available for every mental health concern, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Money worries
  • Relationship troubles
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts

Text the word Kent to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160.

You can also web-chat with Mental Health Matters, an independent charity, who are also available 24/7.

Safe Havens

Folkestone & Hythe District area

Hestia offers a safe haven telephone service for residents of Folkestone & Hythe district who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Hours: 6pm-11pm weekdays, 12pm-11pm weekends

Call: 07827 533 871

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: @hestiafolkestonehaven

Dover & Deal District area

Mental Health Matters operate safe havens in Thanet and Canterbury that residents of Dover and Deal district can access.

Call: 07876 476 703 (Canterbury) or 07850 655 877 (Thanet)

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Support Pack

Download our comprehensive list of support lines here.

Support Pack .pdf file | 329 KB

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