Mental health conditions can affect people of all ages. We have specific services available for children and young people up to 18 years of age.
Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children’s and Adolescent’s Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS)
Offering advice and support for children, young people and families in need of support with emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.
The service covers Southend, Essex and Thurrock and is open to young people from 0 to 18, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs.
Any child or young person experiencing mental health difficulties, and any parent, guardian or professional can access the service for help and guidance.
Anyone under the age of 18 or family members of anyone under the age of 18 in crisis, should call NELFT’s SET CAMHS on 0800 953 0222.
Young people in mid Essex who are going through a tough time or who need someone to talk to can access free, anonymous online support.
This service is available to young people aged 16 to 18, and to young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 16 to 25. The service is available 24/7 at www.togetherall.com – to access all you need to do is enter your postcode.
A online support community for young people aged 11 to 18 years with free, safe and secure access to a team of qualified counsellors.
Young people can access this service anonymously by signing onto the Kooth website. They can access:
- Online counselling,
- Self-help materials,
- Fully moderated peer-to-peer support forums,
- Personal goal-based journal.
The website offers out of office hours support everyday:
- Weekdays from 12 noon until 10pm,
- Weekends from 6pm until 10pm,
- Limited times on bank holidays.
Open Door Services
Providing face to face therapeutic support to help children and young people deal with issues causing them anxiety and stress.
Visit the Open Door website for more information and to access services.