One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem at some point that affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background. Without care and treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on an individual and those around them.
Who should I contact?
If you are stressed and routinely feeling anxious, tense or depressed and find that these feelings interfere with sleeping, eating, relationships or work, there are a range of services that can help.
Below you can find out a little more about different mental health services. We have also put together short guides for mental health services which you can download and keep. Click one of the links below for more information:
- Over 18s: pdf Guide to adult mental health services (1.25 MB)
- Under 18s: pdf Guide to children and young people mental health services (1.50 MB)
Remember, if you are unsure on who is best to talk to, you can always visit 111.nhs.uk/ or call NHS 111. You'll be ask several questions which will help guide you to the most appropriate service.
Mental Health Services
Mental Health Support 24/7 for people in crisis
Thurrock has services that can support people with urgent mental health needs. These are split between adults and children:
If you, a family member or friend are in crisis and need help, please dial NHS 111 and select the option for mental health crisis. You will be connected to EPUT’s contact centre where trained staff will provide appropriate support and advice 24 hours a day.
If you need urgent help or out of hours help, call 0300 555 1200.
Serious or life-threatening emergencies
If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis and requires serious or life threatening emergency mental or physical care, dial 999 immediately.
Talking Therapies and Recovery College
Silvercloud – Online Course to help with Mental Health Needs
Children's and young people mental health service
All Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Southend, Essex and Thurrock are provided by NELFT NHS Foundation Trust under the title: Emotional wellbeing and mental health service (EWMHS).
NELFT is an experienced provider of mental health services for children and young people. It is also one of England’s largest NHS Foundation Trusts, providing community health services for children and young people with physical health needs in south west Essex, and in the four London boroughs of Barking, Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
The service is for anybody aged between 0-18 living in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas and is free at the point of entry. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25.
For more information, visit the Children and young people mental health service section of the website.
Together with Baby
Together with Baby is a service that helps parents and babies in the first two years of life, supporting parents with unexpected and difficult feelings.
The service helps parents to better understand the ways that their baby communicates as well as providing support to help parents and babies strengthen their relationship. For more information on how the service can help you, take a look at the below information leaflet:
Thurrock Community Mental Health team
- Assess a person's mental health and social care needs;
- Offer advice and guidance on how mental health needs may be met - this may be from within the team or by referring to other health or voluntary agencies;
- Offer on-going help in the community, including support monitoring if a person has a severe or long term mental health problem.
Or 01375 413 910 for people over 65 years-old
Rape and Incest support
The South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) / Synergy Essex offer specialist support to young people and adults who have experienced sexual violence and/or child sexual abuse at any point in their lives, support is also offered to family members.
Sexual violence and abuse services are available throughout the coronavirus pandemic and offer services online and by phone to help make sure people get the help they need. You can find out more by visiting SERICC or SYNERGY websites through the links above.
Young People and Psychosis videos
The East of England Clinical Network (Mental Health) has developed two short films to raise young people’s awareness of psychosis. The films are based on young people’s journeys through psychosis.
Josh and Fabi describe their symptoms and talk about the support they received along their respective roads to recovery. The films were created to help young people identify symptoms of psychosis and where to go for help from primary care and the early intervention in psychosis team if they/someone they know experiences a first episode of psychosis (FEP). The films can be watched below.
For more information on the early psychosis service provided in Essex, visit EPUT Essex Support and Treatment for Early Psychosis (ESTEP) webpage.
Telephone: 01375 391411
Address: Thurrock Mind, 152 Bridge Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6DB