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Get help and support
Think you have a mental health problem? Here's how to get help and support:
Contact your GP
Make an appointment to see your GP (family doctor) as soon as possible. Use the NHS postcode lookup tool to find your nearest GP.
Mind, the mental health charity, offers advice on talking to your GP about your mental health.
Contact the Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing team
If you don't feel comfortable discussing things with your GP, you can contact the Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing team.
They can help with low level level mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
Psychological therapy may help if you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression. You can be referred by your GP, or you can refer yourself directly online.
Use the NHS postcode lookup tool to find your local psychological therapies service (IAPT).
Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT) provide NHS mental health services in Essex.
They offer a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness, whether in a hospital setting or within the community.
To access most of their services, you need to be referred by your GP.
Free mental health support from the Essex Wellbeing Service
The Essex Wellbeing Service (EWS) offers a wide range of free support to help with your mental health. Their support services are delivered by 1 of the 5 Essex Mind organisations.
Self-refer on the EWS website or call 0300 303 9988.
Going into hospital
Your GP or a member of the community mental health team may suggest that your condition needs inpatient treatment in hospital. This would usually happen in consultation with you.
There may be circumstances where you might need to be detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act. This is sometimes called 'being sectioned.'
Rethink Mental Illness provides more information on going into hospital.
Supporting someone with their mental health
If you have a family member or friend who is struggling with their mental health, you may have a lot of questions about diagnosis, care, and treatment.
Find out what support is available for carers in Essex.
Mind offers advice on how to cope when supporting someone else.
Support for young people in Essex
The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) helps young people in Essex up to the age of 18, or up to 25 with special educational needs.
Support for armed forces and veterans
See our page on where to go for support for armed forces and veterans.
Local organisations that provide support
The following local organisations provide support with a variety of mental health conditions:
- AARCA (Assisting Adult Recovery from Childhood Abuse), Colchester, supports adult survivors of child abuse.
- Essex Floating Support Service offers free help with housing related support to vulnerable people in Essex.
- Futures in Mind helps people suffering from substance or alcohol misuse and mental ill health.
- HeadsUp helps people with mental health problems to get back into the workplace.
- Healthwatch Essex offers information for young people on mental health issues.
- Mind - The Mental Health Charity has local branches across Essex.
- Rethink Mental Illness offers several support groups in Essex.
- NHS Moodzone offers tools to help with stress, anxiety, depression
- NHS Helplines provide a complete list of national helplines