As part of World Mental Health Day 2018, we have gathered together a handy list of mental health services available in Thurrock for young people! There are others available, but these are some of the main ones you (or a young person you know) can access.
Inclusion Thurrock has a psychological therapy service and recovery college for those aged 18+, offering effective talking therapies. Their website also has some handy resources and self-help guides.
Promotes positive mental health and relief from emotional distress with the use of a variety of services. These services are developed with input from the people that use them and include:
- The Counselling Project;
- Day Services;
- Stepping Stones Employment Project;
- Befriending Scheme;
- Wellbeing Centre.
Community mental health
Information and advice with short-term intermediate care assessments to assess your mental health needs. The Community mental health team can then offer advice and guidance on how your needs may be met or offer support with a referral process so the appropriate social and health services can be accessed.
Thurrock Open Door
Coaching and mentoring based mental health support for young people in Thurrock up to the age of 25, helping to address any barriers that may prevent you from reaching your aspirations.
Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS)
EWMHS offers advice and support for stress, depression, anxiety, self-harm, difficult to manage behaviours and developmental difficulties. This is for ages 0 to 18 (up to the age of 25 with special education needs) living in Thurrock or anywhere else in Essex.
EWMHS also work with MindFresh which is a website and smartphone app that allows you to search for support/resources in your area and then see ratings and reviews from other people – just like an Amazon review!
Young Carers support
There’s support available for young carers in Thurrock, too. This is support for all those brave young people who give practical and emotional support to a relative who has:
- A disability;
- An illness;
- A mental health condition;
- An alcohol problem;
- A drug problem.
If you’re aged 8 to 18 years old, you can get support from Thurrock Council’s Young Carers.
Those aged 4 to 8 can get support from the Sunshine Centre.
There also a number of national mental health support services, such as Young Minds.
If you’re experiencing mental health problems yourself or you know someone who could use some support, we hope you’ve found this helpful.
People often keep mental health problems hidden and secret, but there’s much more awareness now and lots of help available, as you can see from reading the above! Please don’t suffer in silence: be a good friend to yourself and others and seek support.