Mental health support for young people

  • There is an online generic Essex wide service called Kooth that young people (11 to 26) can access for Kooth logocounselling. Young people can access Kooth themselves, by setting up a confidential account.
  • There is also an Emotional Well-being and Mental Health (EWMHS) service for young people up to the age of 18 living in Essex. There are seven teams that offer more intensive support across Essex and more information about these teams and where they are based can be found under local services on the MindFresh site.
  • Healthwatch Essex has an Information Service that you can call for advice. Tamsin, a Mental Health Ambassador reflects on her struggle with her own mental health in her blog. They also have some useful advice for young adults feeling stressed, anxious or feeling low.  Contact them if you have a concern or a complaint relating to any health service provider in Essex.
  • Here’s a service called NELFT which provide an Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service for children and young people across the whole of Essex. Big White Wall Logo
  • Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service for young people (16 to 18) offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that cares. The site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, support is available to anyone who logs on.
  • Find self help in your local library- Reading Well for young people 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– UK’s leading support service for young people (13 to 25).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 our free, confidential helpline.
  • Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity championing the well-being and mental health of children and young people. On the site is a wealth of resources on the topic for children, young people, parents and anyone working with young people. There is also a helpline for parents looking for help and support.
  • Papyrus is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They have the resources to help you if you have suicidal thoughts.
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