Mental Health Services

If you're having mental health problems, you're not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background.

They can range from common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety to more rare problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

If you,  a family member or a friend are feeling low are are in crisis and need help, please seek assistance and advice.

Call NHS 111 to speak to a trained adviiser who will get you directed to the best mental health support for you.

You can also make an appointment at your GP surgery.


Vita Health Group are the new Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provider from 1 April 2019.
Their service - VitaMinds - replaces Therapy for You.

This is a free and confidential NHS service for adults over the age of 18 who are experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Post Traumatic Atress Disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, health anixiety or OCD etc.

VitaMinds offers telephone treatment, computer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), group therapy, one-to-one face to face sessions. Patients will be recommended the best treatment option based on their mental health assessment.

Patients can self refer online at (live from 5 April 2019) or call 01268 977 171.
For out of hours 24/7 emotional support call 01268 977 171.VitaMinds service Covid-19 update for Basilon and Brentwood residents

VitaMinds service Covid-19 update for Basildon and Brentwood residents

Children and Young People

For children's mental health problems contact the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) for children and young people on 0300 300 1600 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or call 0300 555 1201 for the out-of-hours service.

My Mind is both a mobile mental health app and a website, co-designed by NELFT and as well as by young people themselves, to help young people manage their own mental health. One of the key features of My Mind is its resources section which provides a wide range of useful information on websites to help young people maintain positive mental health.

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. has been created by XenZone - a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. For more information about XenZone, please visit Parents can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about Kooth.

The Royal College of General practitioners has produced two helpful leaflets - one for young people encouraging them to seek advice and one for parents explaining and reassuring parents as to why GPs may see young people on their own.

Samaritans operates a 24 hour telephone service, 365 days of the year, offering support to anyone in distress. Call the Samaritans on 116 123.




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