One in four people will experience problems with their mental health during their lives. For some, stress at work, money worries or relationship troubles could become overwhelming and leave people in need of help. Others may suffer from ongoing and complex mental health conditions that require long-term care. If you’re experiencing the kind of feelings that make it difficult for you to get on with living your life, it’s important to talk to someone about how you are feeling.
Do you need urgent mental health help now?
If you've had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, contact someone immediately such as your GP, a friend, a relative or someone else you can trust. If you've already taken an overdose or harmed yourself, dial 999.
If it’s not an emergency, there are three main ways for you to seek help for mental health worries.
Your GP can offer you initial advice if you are finding it difficult to cope with your thoughts and feelings and can help you find further support. The charity MIND offers some excellent advice on how to talk to your GP when you suspect you are suffering from a mental health problem.
Health in Mind (IAPT)
Health in Mind provides access to a wide range of talking therapy treatments for adults with common mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. Health in Mind is part of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Mid and North Essex Mind. Health in Mind is part of the national initiative Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
Find out more about Health in Mind
Big White Wall
Anyone over the age of 16 in mid Essex can get one-to-one online therapy sessions via Big White Wall. Big White Wall offers a supportive, anonymous community with trained counsellors available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Big White Wall’s LiveTherapy offers flexible appointment times and is a convenient and discreet way to access treatment, from the comfort of your home, talking to your therapist via webcam, audio and instant messaging. To access the service, visit the Big White Wall website and enter your postcode.
Under 18s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service
Since 1 November 2015, all Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Southend, Essex and Thurrock are now known as the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) for children and young people. The service is being provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).
Find out more about EWMHS