Mental health for children and young people

We all need a bit of help sometimes. It can be difficult to know how, or who, to ask for help if you are feeling sad, anxious or depressed, or are having other mental health problems.

Southend, Essex and Thurrock Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS)

The core mental health service for children and young people is Southend, Essex and Thurrock Child and Adolescence Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS). The service provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

If you need urgent help call 0800 953 0222 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm). For out of hours help call NELFT Mental Health Direct on 0800 995 1000.

Schools Mental Health Support Teams

North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) also provided targeted support in Southend through schools Mental Health Support Teams. Targeted support is currently offered across 8 mainstream school settings and one further education setting as part of a national pilot.


Young people aged 11 to 19 living in Southend can also access ChatHealth, a secure and confidential text messaging service. The service allows young people to easily and anonymously get in touch with a School Nurse for advice and support about a range of areas including:

  • relationships
  • bullying
  • alcohol
  • healthy eating
  • mental health
  • self harm
  • drugs
  • smoking

We do not usually tell anyone else if you contact the school nurse. We may tell someone if we were worried about your safety, but we would normally speak to you first.

  • Call - 01702 534843
  • Text - 07520 649895

Kids Inspire

Kids Inspire provide mental health and trauma recovery support for children, young people and their families. They work with children and young people from accross Essex and beyond.

Visit their website: Kids Inspire.

Anna Freud

Anna Freud have a range of wellbeing resources for: