Concerned about a child or young person? Call 0345 603 7627

How to get help


SET CAMHS - raise concerns with SET CAMHS. This is a free service providing 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. The service is also available to anybody with Special Educational Needs (SEN) up to the age of 25. Professionals, parents/carers and young people can raise concerns with the Single Point of Access team. Telephone: 0800 953 0222.


Essex Wellbeing Service - offers coaching for all school-aged children and their families to help set healthy lifestyle habits. This support is tailored to the specific situations of each family. 


Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service -  helps families access local health services in the community. Virgin Care and Barnardo’s provide the service for us and the NHS. You can access the service from family hubs and family hub delivery sites across Essex.


Essex Youth Service - Essex Youth Service helps young people in Essex to get the most out of school, work and life.


Kooth - Kooth is a free online counselling service for young people in Essex.


Young Minds - Young Minds charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Helpline 0808 802 5544.


MiLife - MiLife is an online help service designed by young people from Essex with useful information and links to other organisations that work with young people.


Papyrus - Papyrus HOPELineUk is a confidential support and advice service for young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide/ anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide.


Samaritans - Samaritans call free any time, from any phone on 116 123.


SOS Silence of Suicide - SOS Silence of Suicide provides a listening service For children and adults who need emotional support, understanding, compassion & kindness. Phone: 0300 102 0505


Shout - Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone struggling to cope and in need of immediate help. Text SHOUT to 85258


The Mix - The Mix– Support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via online, social or the free, confidential helpline.


Reading Well - Reading Well recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.


Family Lives and Parent Line - Family Lives and Parent Line 0808 800 2222


Shorespace - Shorespace is a website for teenagers worried about sexual behaviour. Shore has anonymous advice and support to help young people manage worrying thoughts and learn more about living safely both online and offline.



Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Team


Essex County Council’s Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing team is a short-term early intervention team made up of social workers, support workers and an employment specialist. They work with people who are experiencing low level mental health problems such as anxiety and depression which are causing a social care need.


Contact the Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing team:

Telephone: 0333 032 2958
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm