Mental health support for children and young people

There are lots of ways you can get support for your mental health. Whatever you are struggling with or worried about, there are services around Essex that can help you.

If you get help earlier, you are more likely to feel better sooner. We have split this page into sections so you can get the right help at the right time.

Support and resources for all children and young people

It’s always a good idea to think about your mental health. Even if you’re feeling fine, taking small steps to look after your mind and emotions can benefit you in the future. It can help you feel more confident, be more resilient, cope well with change and have better relationships.

These services can help you maintain good mental health.

  • Kooth offers a relaxed online community to support your mental health. It’s a great way to stay in touch with how you’re feeling. You can read helpful articles and join conversations with other members. Chat online to the support team if anything is on your mind and keep a daily journal to track your feelings.
  • The Mix is a free and confidential multi-channel service. You choose how you access their support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Their expert team is there to give you information and support to deal with anything – from embarrassing problems and weird questions to any challenge you’re facing.
  • Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall)- is a safe online community where young people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. It aims to connect you to people who know how you’re feeling, and may have even gone through a similar thing.

Coping with grief, loss and bereavement

We all lose people we love, but it can be very difficult to deal with. These services provide support to anyone who may be dealing with grief and loss.

See more support services on our bereavement page.

Support if you are struggling with your mental health (early help)

Early help services are aimed at children and young people who are struggling and need some level of support. These services can help with mental health concerns before they get too serious. They help to make you feel better and prevent your mental health getting worse.

Family Innovation Fund services

Lots of different services around Essex work under the Family Innovation Fund. They support children and young people aged 8 to 19 with healthy relationships, emotional resilience and social connections. Find a support service under the Family Innovation Fund.

Family Innovation Fund-Xtra (FIF-Xtra) services

FIF-Xtra was set up to provide additional support for children, young people and families in Essex in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to provide help across key areas such as mental health, healthy relationships and coping with change. The services can help children aged 0-19 years old or up to 25 years old for those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Find a mental health service under FIF-Xtra

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service

The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) is an Essex-based service that can help with emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties. You can contact EWMHS if you are struggling with your mental health in any way. Parents, guardians and professionals can also get help and guidance from them.

Support if your mental health is in a bad place (specialist support)

Specialist help services can help if you are feeling very low and don’t know what to do about it. They offer different types of support for different mental health concerns and can help you start to feel better again.

Intensive support services- MindFresh

MindFresh lists a range of services that offer intensive support for children and young people.


Shout is a text service: text them at any time and you’ll get free, fast and confidential support from their mental health team. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or in need of someone to speak to, text Shout on 85258 today.


Papyrus can help if you are having suicidal thoughts. They have lots of online advice, as well as a dedicated helpline if you want to speak to someone.

Support in mental health crisis

If you are in a serious and urgent situation with your own or someone else’s mental health, contact a crisis service straight away.

These services can help in a crisis situation:

If someone is in immediate danger, call 999.

Advice and guidance for parents and carers

If you think your child is struggling with the mental health, you can use most of the services and resources listed  below.

Useful links


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