One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem at some point that affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background. Without care and treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on an individual and those around them.
Who should I contact?
If you are stressed and routinely feeling anxious, tense or depressed and find that these feelings interfere with sleeping, eating, relationships or work, there are a range of services that can help.
Below you can find out a little more about different mental health services. We have also put together short guides for mental health services which you csn download and keep. Click one of the links below for more information:
Remember, if you are unsure on who is best to talk to you can always visit 111.nhs.uk or call NHS111. You will be asked several questions which help guide you to the most appropriate service.
Mental Health Support 24/7 for people in crisis
In Basildon and Brentwood there are services that can support people with urgent mental health needs. These are split between adults and children:
Adults in crisis
If you, a family member or friend are in crisis and need help, please dial NHS 111 and select the option for mental health crisis. You will be connected to EPUT’s contact centre where trained staff will provide appropriate support and advice 24 hours a day.
Under-18s in crisis
If you need urgent help or out of hours help, call 0300 555 1200
Serious or life-threatening emergencies
If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis and requires serious or life threatening emergency mental or physical care, dial 999 immediately.
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 16+ 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 vitahealthgroup.co.uk (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
Children and Young People
For children's mental health problems contact the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) on 0800 953 0222 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or call 0300 555 1200 for the out-of-hours service.
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.
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.
Other support organisations:
Samaritans operates a 24 hour telephone service, 365 days of the year, offering support to anyone in distress. Call the Samaritans on 116 123.