Mental Health


Essex Based Mental Health Support for Children & Young People

  • Essex Safeguarding Children's Board offering advice and guidance related to Children's safeguarding

  • Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) ​in Essex schools and colleges . To find more about the roll out of the Mental Health Support Teams click here.

  • Southend, Essex & Thurrock Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS): 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. SET CAMHS Leaflet

  • Referral to SET CAMHS can be made for a child or young person between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday call SET CAMHS: Freephone 0800 953 0222 or Email: If you need urgent help or out of hours help; call NELFT out of hours: 0800 995 1000

  • SET CAMHS Clinician of the day number: If you have any concerns about children/young people already open to SET CAMHS, you should contact the relevant local team where a Clinician of Day will respond (on 0800 953 0222). 

  • Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service This site has been designed to provide you with information, practical tips and advice so that you get the support you need, when you need it.


A selection of websites available with information
and support on mental health for children & young people:

Barnardo’  A charity that works with families and children in many ways including counselling, support
for young carers and children affected by exploitation.  A free and confidential service dedicated for children and young people up to the age of 19.
ChildLine also offers an online confidential live one-to-one chat. Helpline: 0800 1111.

Children’s  Guidance and support for young carers who are forced to grow up early and
miss out on the same opportunities as other children.

Kids  General information about physical and emotional wellbeing for children.  A national mental health charity that provides comprehensive information and support on all mental
illness. Helpline: 0300 123 3393.  Provides information and advice on child mental health issues. Offers a helpline
specifically for parents: 0808 802 5544 (Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4pm).

National Institute of Mental  Comprehensive information on mental health conditions across all ages.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)  Offers information to adults who are
concerned about the safety or welfare of a child. Helpline: 0808 800 5000.

▪  Offers confidential, 24-hour emotional support to anyone in crisis. Helpline: 116 123 (UK).

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