At these challenging times you are not alone, mental and physical health may be a cause of concern. Below is a list of useful numbers and contacts you can access to help you through a difficult period.

Action for Children
Support for parents

Anne Robson Trust
Helpline if you or someone close to you in dying.
Gaining knowledge of what may happen towards the end of life and being prepared helps both the person dying and their loved ones to feel a sense of control.
Calls are free and conditional. 
Tel: 0808 801 0688

Anxiety UK
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition
Tel: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Bereavement support - click here 

CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably
For men aged 15 - 35
Tel: 0800 585858 (5pm to midnight)

Help for anyone under 19 years of age in the UK
Tel: 0800 1111

Domestic Abuse - Essex Compass
Tel: 0330 333 7 444
Email (general enquiries):

EWMHS - Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service
Service open to young people between the ages of 0 - 18, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs.
Tel: 0300 300 1600

Galop - LGBT+ anti-violence charity
Support services to LGBT+ victims/survivors by telephone, email, text and WhatsApp. 
Tel: 0800 999 5428 (Monday, Tuesay & Friday, 10am to 5pm - Wednesday & Thursday, 10am to 8pm) 

Health in Mind (North East Essex)
Need help in a mental health crisis
Crisis line: 0330 726 1800

If you feel you are at a crisis point, call the freephone number below.
Tel: 0808 808 8000 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Men's Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat or email

Mental Health UK
Online community for everyone.

Offers advice, support and information to people experiencing a mental health difficulty
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463

Mid & South Essex Health & Care Partnership
Lets talk about suicide.
Leaflet: click here

NHS Crisis Mental Health
NHS have launched a new crisis mental health phone line across Essex.
Dial 111 and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2) for immediate and specialist support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

The service is for people aged 18 and over and aims to ensure those in need of support can access it quickly when they need it most. 
Andy Brogan, Chief Operating Officer at Deputy Chief Executive at EPUT, said: "It is vital that people are able to access specialist support without delay when they are experiencing mental health crisis. This service will enable people to do just that."
"Working with colleagues at Clinical Commissioning Groups across Essex, I am pleased that we have been able to launch this service to help people when they need it most."

NHS Vita Health Group
Are you living with a Long Term Condition that is effecting your Mental Health?
VitaMinds are running bespoke courses that provide lots of strategies to help manage mental well-being, long-term condition, and improve the quality of life. All courses are FREE and run over 6 weeks, around 1.5 hours a week, delivered through Microsoft Teams. 
Course topics including:
Living Well with Diabetes (type 1 and 2). Living Well with Respiratory Conditions (incl. COPD, Long Covid and asthma). Living Well with MSK Pain. Living Well with Cardiovascular Disease. Living Well with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Living Well with Long Term Conditions (for any other not previously listed).
Individuals are recommended to ask their physical health team for a referral or self-refer.
Tel: 0333 015 2966
View poster for more details: click here 

Open Road
Your journey to recovery. Help & advice, local support.
Leaflet, drug alert: click here

Rehab Recovery
Drug and Alcohol rehab
Tel: 0800 088 6686

Tel: 116 123 (24 hours a day)

Services provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems
Tel: 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm - 10.30pm every day)
Website/support forum: 

Self Harm
Self-help Self-Harm booklet (digital version): click here 
Self-help Self-Harm booklet (home print version): click here 

Self Harm in Teens
Preventing Self-harm in Teens: A Guide for Appropriate Intervention.
To read the blog: click here

Information on the local and national services available to support people affected by domestic abuse.

Suicidal Thoughts
Support for parents of children having suicidal thoughts. 
Website: click here

The North East Essex Men's Mental Health Group M.A.N.A.G.E

Veterans; Mental Health, Housing and Financial Guide
Website: Guide for veterans 

Parents helpline: 0800 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: text YM to 85258


View the Health Services page for Welfare details including RNID, carers support, victim support etc: click here

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