Supporting Your Own MHWB

 “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen


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If you feel you are struggling, or in need of some advice and information, there are lots of organisations, charities and groups – locally and nationally – that offer guidance relating to aspects of your own mental health and wellbeing.

Mind in West Essex


‘Mind provide services that are practical and rooted in the reality of people’s lives. We provide information and support to anyone who is affected by mental health problems, primarily in West Essex’.

A new crisis mental health phone line has launched across Essex. The 24-hr service launched by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) offers immediate and specialist support to adults experiencing mental health crisis.

Anyone in need can dial 111 at any time and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2)

Healthy Minds (West Essex IAPT) Harlow 


Offering free and confidential talking therapy and practical support for adults with common mental health problems including anxiety and depression

EWMHS (Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health 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

Self referral: 0300 300 1600

Out of hours and weekend Crisis Support Service: 0300 555 1201 (ask for crisis team)


24/7 365 days a year, there is someone there to listen to you if you are worried about yourself, or anyone else.

Telephone: 116 123 for free

Essex Wellbeing Service


Have a whole host of articles that provide advice and guidance to support your mental health on their website.

There is an option to take an online assessment to help you understand more about your health needs, prioritise them and find the right support for you.

Anna Freud – National Centre for Children and Families


Work in collaboration with children and young people, their families and communities and mental health professionals to transform children and families’ mental health.

AFC Crisis Messenger – text AFC to 85258 for free 24/7 crisis support

Rethink Mental Illness


An advice and information service that offers practical help on a wide range of topics, including information on living with mental illness, medication and care.

Advice and Information helpline 0808 801 0525 (open Mondays – Fridays)

Webchat service 10.00am – Monday to Friday


NHS Mental Health Support Services


Information on how and where to access support, including how to access urgent help

Information explaining common feelings and symptoms such as stress, anxiety or low mood

Find out more about specific mental health conditions

Advice for life situations and events

Self-help to promote mental health and wellbeing

Shout Crisis Text Line


Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks in the UK, for anyone in crisis. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. At the heart of the service is a team of volunteers who take people from crisis to calm every single day.  

Text ‘Shout’ to 85258



The Campaign Against Living Miserably – a leading movement against suicide. 125 people a week die by suicide: CALM exists to change that

The helpline and webchat are open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

CALM helpline 0800 58 58 58 CALM webchat


Further Information: (click on each link to take you to the relevant page)


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


- NHS self-help Guide - Controlling Anger

- Problems with Anger Self-help Guide NHS Information


Anxiety and Panic Disorder

- Anxiety Self-help Guide - NHS Information

- NHS Self-help guide - Anxiety

- Social Anxiety Self-help Guide - NHS Information


- Bereavement and Grief Self-help Guide - NHS Information

- NHS Self-help Guide - Bereavement

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Depression / Low Mood

- Depression Self-help Guide - NHS information

- Depression

- NHS Self-help Guide - Depression and Low Mood

Eating Disorders

- Eating Disorders 

- NHS Self-help Guide - Eating Disorders 

Obessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)







Sleep Problems

Sleep Problems and How To Manage Them

- Sleep Problems and Insomnia Self-Help Guide - NHS Information