Local COVID alert level: high (tier 2)

Essex is on the high alert level (tier 2), this does not include Southend and Thurrock who are on the medium alert level (tier 1).

Check the latest guidance on what this means to keep yourself and others safe.

For information, advice and support, visit the coronavirus hub.

Mental health

Emergency or crisis help

When you or someone that you care for is having extreme mental health difficulties, you may need to get help very quickly. This information is only to be used for a mental health emergency or crisis.

Serious or life threatening issues

If you or someone that you care for is in immediate danger, you should:

Urgent issues

If you or someone that you care for is having an urgent mental health issue, you should:

  • call your mental health support worker, if you have one - this may be your care co-ordinator or key worker
  • call NHS 111: This NHS service is available 24 hours a day
  • book an emergency GP appointment - they should be able to offer you an appointment in a crisis with the first available doctor
  • call Adult Social Care on 0345 603 7630 or 0345 606 1212 (outside of normal working hours)
  • call the Crisis Team at EPUT (for Adults) or the Crisis Support Service (for Young People) on 0300 555 1201
  • NHS Choices has a mental health helpline page with a list of organisations you can call for immediate assistance
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