Just as your body can become unwell, your mind can become unwell too. And just like with physical illnesses, treatment and support is available.
National Studies suggest that in the UK, about 1 in 10 of all young people may experience a mental health problem or disorder. These studies also emphasise that it is important to get help early, conditions are treatable and getting the help early can prevent problems getting more serious.
There are many types of mental health issues, you can find out more about each of these, how to cope with your feelings and where to get support at Young Minds.
Big White Wall is a free, anonymous, online resource for young people aged 16-18 (16-25 year-olds with Special Educational Needs) living in Southend Essex or Thurrock. 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.
Kooth, is an online counselling service for young people in Essex and 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.
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.
Southend, Essex and Thurrock Child and Adolescents Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) - For young people up to the age of 18 living in Essex.
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 - Call free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
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
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.
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.
Young Minds - charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
MindFresh - an online service and app created and used by young people to gain access to mental health services, information and advice.