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One in four people will experience problems with their mental health during their lives.

Mental health and wellbeing is important to us all. Mental health is the emotional resilience that enables us all to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointment and sadness.

Mental health problems are amongst the most common forms of ill health. And they can affect any one of us, at any point in our 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. Support available here in mid Essex includes: 

Online support with SilverCloud

SilverCloud is a flexible self-help programme you can access at home, in a coffee shop or on the go using a computer or a smart device – all you need is an internet connection. This means you can easily fit your sessions around your normal daily routine.

The programme consists of digital cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which medical evidence shows can have a positive impact on low mood and anxiety.

SilverCloud is free, to anyone who lives or works in mid Essex. For more information or to sign up click here.

Talking Therapies with Health in Mind

Health in Mind provides access to a wide range of talking therapy treatments for adults with common mental health problems. Health in Mind is part of the national initiative Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

Treatment sessions may be by phone, online, in groups or face-to-face. Treatment options are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a structured therapy where you you will be set goals you want to reach and work on changes you can make to patterns of thoughts and behaviours to help you attain your goals.

If you think you would benefit from our service the first step is to talk to the team to find out how they can best help you. For more information or to self refer click here.

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. 

  • call the Crisis Line on 0330 726 0130

  • call the Samaritans free on 116 123

  • if you've already taken an overdose or harmed yourself, dial 999.

If it’s not an emergency, there are many ways for you to seek help for mental health worries. 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.