Mental Health Support

Health in Mind provides access to a wide range of talking therapy treatments for adults with common mental health problems.

Health in Mind is part of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Mid and North Essex Mind. Health in Mind is part of the national initiative Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and has been accredited in the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapy Services (APPTS) by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Combined Committee for Accreditation.

This FREE service is available to all patients registered with a GP practice in mid Essex and is open to people aged 17 and over.

You can self-refer and don't need to see a GP first.

After your needs are assessed you will be offered the most appropriate care with a trained professional, which may include a short course of counselling to help you manage your current mental health problem including

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Depression including pre and post-natal
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addiction
  • Living with a long term condition such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain or IBS.
  • Providing care for a loved one, friend or family member

Treatment sessions may be by phone, online, in groups or face-to-face. Treatment options are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a structured therapy where you will set goals you want to reach and work on changes you can make to patterns of thoughts and behaviours to help you attain your goal. 

You can self refer to Health in Mind without seeing your GP by:


If you are looking for extra support with your mental health you can log on to Silvercloud - a free and secure online self-help programme that is proven to help with anxiety, stress and depression.

Why choose online support?

Access is immediate with no GP referral required. You can log onto the system from your computer, smart phone or tablet at any time of the day or night.

This means that you can slot your therapy into a time that suits you, instead of having to attend in person or trying to squeeze sessions into a busy week. You have the freedom to choose to complete your weekly therapy sessions in the environment of your choice and at a time that suits you.

How does online therapy work?

Programmes consist of informative and interactive modules which you can complete at your own pace to help improve your wellbeing.

A supporter from mental health charity Mid and North Essex Mind will guide you through the SilverCloud programme at your own pace, where you will learn effective ways of managing feelings of anxiety, depression and stress. You will have up to six online reviews with your supporter, roughly every two weeks, to help you make progress.

The self help modules are easy to use with tools and activities to help you think better, manage your life and livewell. The goal of each module is for you to take the information and techniques learned – and to start applying them in your day-to-day life. At regular intervals, your MIND supporter will check your progress and provide feedback and guidance.

Is this service right for me?

  • I am currently experiencing low mood and/or anxiety.
  • I would like to make active changes to improve my wellbeing.
  • I can commit to 1-2 hours a week logging onto the online programme, independently in my own time.
  • I can commit to regular practice of helpful techniques to improve my mood.
  • I have access to the internet. 

If you answerd yes to the above five questions, then we reccomend  signing up by clicking the link below.


All Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (formerly CAMHS) across Southend, Essex and Thurrock are now known as the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS).

Jointly commissioned by all seven Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups and Essex County Council, the EWMHS service is provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

Who is the service for?

The service is for anybody aged between 0-18 living in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas and is free at the point of entry. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25.

You may be referred to the EWMHS if you have one or more of the symptoms listed below:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Behavioural and conduct disorders
  • Emerging personality and attachment disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Deliberate self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Substance misuse
  • Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Prolonged bereavement problems

This service can be accessed with seeing your GP. During working hours (9am-5pm, Monday - Friday) please call 0300 300 1600. For the out of hours crisis support, please call the general NELFT switchboard on 0300 555 1201 and ask for the EWMHS Crisis Support Service

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