Get help with your mental health

This page has information about mental health support that is available.

Urgent mental health support

If you are 18 and over and need urgent mental health support, dial 111 and select the option for mental health crisis.

A Mental Health Urgent Care Department for mid and south Essex has opened at Basildon Hospital, offering an alternative to the Emergency Department for those with urgent mental health needs and in crisis.

The department offers 24/7 urgent mental health support to adults aged 18 and over. It offers people an alternative, calm and therapeutic environment, with rapid access to a team of mental health specialists.

For more information go to: Mental Health Urgent Care Department

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters has a list of things to do to look after your mental wellbeing. It will also help you deal with anxiety.


Samaritans can support you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They can help if you are finding it hard to cope, or worried about someone else. They can also help if you are feeling suicidal or want to harm yourself. Contact them on 116 123.

Reach Out for Mental Health

Reach Out for Mental Health is a free phone-based service which offers an opportunity for people to just talk about what they are going through.

The service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm to any adult living in Southend, Essex, and Thurrock. It offers an opportunity to talk in confidence, with a friendly trained local person.

The service can be contacted by:

Therapy for You

Therapy for You provide talking therapy in Southend and Castle Point and Rochford. Refer yourself by getting in touch. Your GP can also refer you.

They can help with

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • trauma

Trust Links

Trust Links are a first port of call. This is for people with any mental health problems in Southend who would like to access community based support.

The Wellbeing Hub and the partner Recovery College provide

  • 1:1 advice, guidance and support
  • groups
  • activities
  • courses
  • peer support
  • access to specialist support

Trust Links also offers counselling and support to carers, therapeutic gardening for adults, and support for children and young people.

Contact them on 01702 213134.

South East Essex Mind

South East Essex Mind provide counselling and video counselling and an "appropriate adult's service". They support those with a mental health issue or a learning disability. Also for those who have been arrested and a housing support service.

South East Essex Mind can be accessed on 01702 601123.

Age Concern Southend

Age Concern Southend have expanded their befriending service to meet the needs of adults of all ages.

They can be contacted on 01702 345373,

Sanctuary by Sea

NHS 111 may refer you to Sanctuary by Sea. This is an out of hour's crisis service in Southend. You can go here for a chat and to get support and advice.


EPUT have specialist mental health services for the residents of Southend. They can be contacted on 0300 123 08 08. Information about all of the services provided by EPUT is available on the EPUT website.

Digital/Online sources

  • The Calm Zone is a charity preventing male suicide.
  • Anxiety Society is a local peer support group. It is for people suffering with anxiety and low mood.
  • WYSA APP is a chat tool with over 100 self-care resources. There is a payable option to access psychology sessions and support.
  • NHS inform has a range of information about identifying, treating and managing mental health problems and disorders.
  • Beacon House provide a range of free resources.