The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) is provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). The free service provides both preventative resources and targeted, specialist emotional wellbeing and mental health support for young people aged between 0-18, living in Southend, Essex or Thurrock. EWMHS is also available to anybody with Special Educational Needs (SEN) up to the age of 25.
The type of support offered by the EWMHS will vary depending on the needs of the young person; the service offers a number of preventative and immediate digital support options including downloadable worksheets and resources aimed at promoting self-help and resilience.
NELFT also work in partnership with organisations including Big White Wall, where young people aged 16-18, their family and teachers can access support, and My Mind which offers digital resources via a website and app.
Big White Wall
Big White Wall is a free, anonymous, online resource for young people aged 16-18 (as well as 16-25 year-olds with Special Educational Needs) living in Southend Essex or Thurrock. Commissioned by NELFT, it provides young people who are feeling down, anxious, angry or stressed and who may benefit from a little extra support, a safe community to talk about their feelings and share their experiences with others who feel the same. There is a library of resources to help young people understand how they are feeling and trained counsellors, called Wall Guides, online 24/7 to keep the service safe – visit the Big White Wall website for more information.
Kooth, the new online counselling service for young people in Essex is a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way for young people aged 11-26th birthday to ask for help from a team of highly qualified and experienced counsellors and support workers.
KOOTH service includes:
• drop in chats with counsellors;
• booked 1:1 chats with a counsellor;
• themed message forums;
• secure web-based email;
• articles regarding mental health.
Targeted and specialist support is available for young people whose needs suggest they require a more in-depth, time-specific period of intervention. Please read the EWMHS booklet which contains more information, including the types of issues the service can help with and the support available. The booklet also contains information about how to refer to these specialist services and contact information for young people, parents, guardians, care givers, responsible adults and other professionals. If you have any questions about the EWMHS, please email Clare Hardy, Head of Commissioning (People) at Essex County Council.