Mental health


A new 24-hour phone service for people experiencing mental health crisis is now live across Essex.

Dialling 111 and selecting the option for mental health crisis will connect callers to EPUT staff who will provide appropriate support and advice.

Anyone under the age of 18 who is in crisis should call North East London NHS Foundation Trust’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service on 0300 300 1600 or email For urgent or out of hours help, patients under the age of 18 should call 0300 555 1201.

 999 should still be used for anyone in need of treatment for serious or life threatening physical health issues alongside a mental health crisis

Public Health England launches ‘Every Mind Matters’, the first national NHS mental health campaign. 

We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

The new Every Mind Matters campaign encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.

It also has a free NHS-approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps people build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control.

Here in Essex, we have teamed up with Livewell to help share simple steps about how you can look after your mental health.

To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit  


Please click on the link below for more information on EWMHS (Emotional and Wellbeing Mental Health Service)


EWMHS offers advice and support for stress, low mood and depression, anxiety, self-harm or difficult to manage behaviours as well as support for previously diagnosed neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ADHD or ASD.  If you would like to speak to someone for more information about the services they offer and to find out about what support might be available for you please call the Single Point of Access team on 0300 300 1600 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday to be put through to the three CSPAs and seven Locality teams across Southend, Essex and Thurrock. You can also contact them via email at  
The Big White Wall
Please click on the title above for access to information about the Big White Wall where you can join a safe and anonymous peer support community that is accessible at any time.

Mental Health, Wellbeing & Recovery courses at ACL 
They offer a range of free courses for anyone wishing to improve their mental wellbeing or recovering from a period of mental ill health.  The individual courses will offer you tools and strategies for keeping well, with the support of your tutors and peers during class time. 

Building Self-Confidence, Manageing Anxiety and Health and Wellbeing are just a few of the courses on offer.  All courses are co-produced and co-delivered by two specialist tutors who have professional and real life knowledge within the mental health area.  All courses are published online or can be accessd your local center.  For more information visit visit or email or

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in need to seek help and to connect individuals with qualified counsellors in the UK. The site contains information on the common reasons people turn to counselling, as well as articles, news, and events. Counselling Directory was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find support.

 North Essex Crisis Line Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree
0330 726 0130

EPUT Out of Hours
0300 123 0808

116 123 – Freephone 24 hours a day 365 days a year

08457 678000 – 12 noon to 02.00 365 days a year

0300 123 3393 – 9am-6pm Monday to Friday

The Mix
0808 808 4994
Free advice service for people under 25

0800 068 41 41
Monday-Friday 10-5pm
Monday-Friday 7pm-10pm
Weekends 2pm-5pm
Confidential advice helpline if you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide.