Children's and young people mental health services

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Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

The service covers Southend, Essex and Thurrock and is open to young people between the ages of 0-18, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs.

Any child or young person experiencing mental health difficulties as well as any parent, guardian or professional can access the service for help and guidance.

When the service can help?

The service can support people with a range of mental health difficulties faced by young people, which can include:

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessional thoughts
  • Sleep problems
  • Body image and eating difficulties
  • Behavioural and emotional difficulties
  • Trauma and loss
  • Parenting and family difficulties

Important contact details

To contact the service between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, you or someone on your behalf can;

  • NELFT Website link 
  • Call SET CAMHS: Freephone 0800 953 0222
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you need urgent help or out of hours help; call NELFT out of hours: 0300 555 1200

Together all

Young people in mid Essex who are going through a tough time or who need someone to talk to can access free, anonymous online support from Together all.

This service is available to all young people aged 16-18, and to young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 16-25. The service is available 24/7 at - to access all you need to do is enter your postcode. 

Together all provides a safe, anonymous online community where you can talk about what you’re going through, and share experiences with people who feel the same as you. There is also a library of articles, tips and courses to help you understand how you are feeling. Trained counsellors, called Wall Guides, are online 24/7 to keep the service safe.

Together all is completely anonymous, and members create a username which does not identify them in any way.