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Kent Mind and Body Programme Scoops Two Awards

User AvatarPosted by Daniel Harper at 10/11/2017 09:07:26

Kent’s Mind and Body Programme won two accolades at the national Royal Society for Public Health Awards 2017 on 19 October 2017.

The Mind and Body Programme (MAB) – commissioned by clinical commissioning groups in Kent and provided by Addaction - has been working in schools and the community across the county since April 2016.

It won the Public Mental Health and Wellbeing Award 2017 as well as the overall Public Health Minister’s Award 2017.

Under the scheme, young people identified as suitable for the programme attend a combination of one-to-one assessments and interviews and therapeutic group work sessions.  

A Family Practitioner has also been recruited to offer information to parents/carers around self-harm and how best to support young people and their mental health.

Since launching in West Kent CCG, the Mind and Body Programme has: worked in 13 schools; provided information and advice to 2,270 young people; given one-to-one support and guidance to 263 young people; and, seen 150 young people complete the programme.

In June 2017 the University of Bath published an impact report into the effectiveness of MAB which evidenced:

  • 81% of the young people experienced a decrease over time in self-harm thoughts or did not think about self-harm at all whilst they engaged in the programme.
  • 91% of the young people experienced a decrease over time in self-harm actions or did not engage in taking action at all whilst they engaged in the programme.
  • 73% of young people experienced an increase in mental well-being.


The programme is one of a number of initiatives commissioned as part of the Kent Local Transformation Plan and is currently funded until the end of the 2017/18 academic year. Addaction are currently finalising which schools the programme will be delivered in for the remainder of the 2017/18 academic year and these details will be shared with CCGs shortly. If you have any questions/comments please contact martinemccahon@nhs.net.