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New Online drug and alcohol support group

The Forward Trust are running a free online course called ‘Change Up’ exclusively for Kent students to overcome the feelings of isolation that can accompany drug use or addiction, and to explore the links between addiction, mental health and self-worth, and the impacts on relationships.

By taking part, you’ll also get access to the Change Up community of young people who are taking part in or have previously taken part in the course.

Who with?

The course is run by a friendly, experienced facilitator from the Forward Trust named Rupert. There’s no hidden agenda to stop using, it’s just a structured setting to talk about your experiences and be supported.

What do I need to do?

It will run over five weeks online Thursday evenings 18:00-19:30 from Thursday 18 May to Thursday 15 June 2023, so you need to be available for all of those Thursday evening slots (18 May, 25 May, 1 June, 8 June, 15 June).

It consists of these five small-group sessions and two additional 1:1 sessions which are organised according to your availability.

If you’d like to participate, please complete the confidential Change Up self-referral form online. You will then be contacted by Rupert, the Forward Trust facilitator, on next steps to take part.


If you have any questions, email and we’ll be happy to help, or pass on your query if we can’t answer it. Or you can fill in the confidential self-referral form and the group facilitator will get in touch so you can ask any questions before committing to the course.

Want to know more about other wellbeing events and peer support groups? Check out the Student Support and Wellbeing events calendar, or follow @UniKentSSW on Instagram for the latest on what’s on and advice to stay well and connected.