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NHS Services, The 24-hour service, launched by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), offers immediate and specialist support to adults experiencing mental health crisis.

Anyone in need can dial 111 at any time and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2).

Callers will be connected to trained staff at EPUT who can provide timely and appropriate support and advice.

The service is for people aged 18 and over and aims to ensure those in need of support can access it quickly when they need it most.

Anyone under the age of 18 or family members of anyone under the age of 18 in crisis, should call North East London NHS Foundation Trust’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service on 0300 555 1201.

If you are experiencing a life threatening mental health emergency call 999 or visit your nearest A&E immediately.  Find information and support for your mental health.

Home | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems 

The Essex Community Tree is a network of partner organisations who provide support for people that are experiencing mental ill-health and/or related problems.

The aim of this website is to show where to go for help in the area of Essex that you live. It is a website that will grow. Currently there are pages for: Basildon Billericay and Wickford, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rayleigh and Rochford, Chelmsford, Epping Forest District and Maldon. The Hub of Hope is the UK's leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. Find all of the support on offer to you in your area in one click

Samaritans: Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone. Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Rethink Mental Illness: You can call the Rethink advice and information line Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm for practical advice on:

  • Different types of therapy and medication

  • Benefits, debt, money issues

  • Police, courts, prison

  • Your rights under the Mental Health Act​


Telephone: 0300 50000 927 (calls are charged at your local rate)

Shout Crisis text line: If you are experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, Shout can help with urgent issues such as:

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Abuse or assault

  • Self-harm

  • Bullying

  • Relationship challenges​​


Text: 85258

Anxiety UK: Anxiety UK is a national registered charity and provides support and help if you have been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. You will find easy access to a range of information, resources and support for helping you understand how to deal with your anxiety, during these difficult times while COVID-19 is impacting on our lives, and beyond. Website:

Telephone: 03444 775 774

Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 5.30 pm

Saturday to Sunday, 10am – 8 pm

Text service: 07537 416905

Big White Wall: Big White Wall is an online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues. Website:

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): CALM runs a free and confidential helpline and website – seven hours a day, seven days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life's problems. CALM is open from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.


Telephone: 0800 58 58 58

OCD Action: OCD Action is a national charity focusing on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD Action provides support and information to anybody affected by OCD, works to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and frontline healthcare workers, and strives to secure a better deal for people with OCD.


Telephone: 0845 390 6232


Peabody Essex Outreach Support offers a FREE short-term support service to people living within the Essex area who are experiencing a range of problems that are impacting their health, financial and housing wellbeing.


Tel: 0800 28 888 83


Young Peoples Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub


Free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults across the UK

Stay Alive App

The StayAlive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.


For young people who have felt suicidal or had suicidal thoughts or ideation and giving support and Information

Getting support when someone dies

It can be overwhelming when someone close to us dies. You may find it difficult to cope and you might not know how to find the support you need. Grief and bereavement can also affect our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Everyone manages grief in different ways, but the important thing is you're not alone.

Four local organisations provide bereavement support for children, young people and adults across Essex.

Professionals will work with you to help you develop coping strategies. Support will be delivered in a range of ways. This includes face-to-face, in person, online or as part of a wider group, where appropriate.

To find out more about the support in your area, contact the relevant organisation below:

Colchester and Tendring

Age Well East
Telephone: 0300 373 3333

Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon

Farleigh Hospice
Telephone: 01245 457308

Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford

West Essex Community Action Network (WECAN)
Telephone: 01992 910701 or 07967 726851

Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point and Rochford

St Lukes Hospice
Telephone: 01277 655039 or 01268 524973

Mental health support is also available through Essex Wellbeing Service or by calling 0300 3030 9988.

What to do when someone dies: Getting support when someone dies - Essex County Council

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