Mental Health Resources

These self help resources are meant for people with mild-to-moderate symptoms of depression or anxiety. If you are feeling distressed or in a state of despair, suicidal or in need of emotional support you can ask for urgent help in the following ways

Adults - call 111 and select option 2 

If you are under 18 or worried about someone under 18 - call  0300 300 1600 or out of hours call 0300 555 1201

In a life threatening crisis call 999

Resources for Children and Young People and their parents/carers - please click the blue links for more info

NHS.UK - offers support for children and young people including advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

MindEd - a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health offering resources for parents and carers

Family lives  - works to support families and includes links to local services, a parent forum and confidential helpline

NHS Mental Health App library includes the Think Ninja App which is free to 10-18yr olds during the Coronavirus crisis.

Kooth - online mental health services for children, young people and adults

Young Minds - supporting children, young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and well-being

Kids Inspire - supporting young people who are at an educational, social and/or economic disadvanatge resulting from trauma of mental health issues. For example those who have experienced abuse, separation anxiety or significant loss. Services include counselling, coaching, mentoring and group work.

YCT - recently commissioned by West Essex CCG to provide counselling to children aged 5-19 registered with a GP in West Essex. Locations for sessions locally include Loughton and Waltham Abbey. Young people and their parents can self refer by calling 01279 414090

Resources for Adults - please click the blue links for more info

West Essex Healthy Minds Service provides access to a wide range of talking therapy treatments for adults with common mental health problems including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and long term conditions. Healthy Minds accepts referrals for any patient registered with a West Essex GP.

You can self-refer by visiting the website or by calling Healthy Minds on  0300 222 5943.

The website also has self-management tips; access to the Silver Could online CBT; and links to useful self-help apps.

ICON:Babies cry:You can cope

SafeLives: Specific resources for those experiencing Domestic Abuse during Covid pandemic

Mental Health wellbeing podcasts - you can subscribe to wellbeing podcasts on the Mental Health Foundation website

Health talk is a website that lets you share in other people's experience of health and illness

NHS Scotland provides a Depression Self help guide

Anxiety UK offers free resources to help manage anxiety

Mental health issues linked to Long term conditions

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