Matthew Scott, Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, cut the ribbon to formally open the extension at Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind’s Offices in College Road on Friday morning, 1 March.

Matthew was among a number of supporters who helped fund the £140,000 project, which has created more consultation rooms, training areas and office space.

Matthew said “Charities like Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind are doing fantastic work supporting our friends, families and neighbours with their mental wellbeing and this extension will help them do even more. The staff and volunteers are to be congratulated for all the work they’ve done to break down the barriers to support and tackle the stigma.”

Matthew added “With the growing demand and different challenges being presented to policing with cases involving mental health, collaborations with Mind and others become even more important. Alongside funding their wellbeing cafe, and having their trained counsellor in the force control room, we are together making sure that more often, people get the right care from the right person at the right time.”

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