Stressed out, anxious or feeling low
Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544
Freephone: 116 123
Chelmsford and Mid Essex Telephone: 08457 9090 90
Basildon and Thurrock Telephone: 01268 412000
Southend Telephone: 01702 611911
Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Telephone: 01206 561234
Regional Office (South East & East Anglia) Telephone: 01293 610 660
Provides free, confidential support for people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
Telephone: 0808 808 4994
Emotional support for children and young people on issues relating to child abuse, bullying etc.
Helpline: 0800 1111
PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)
National Confidential Helpline – HOPELineUK: 0800 068 41 41
(Mon-Fri 10am to 10pm; Weekends 2pm to 10pm; Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm)
Text: 07786 209697
Bar N Bus Trust
Counselling for young people aged 11-18. The organisation deals with a range of issues, including bullying, loneliness, stress, alcohol and drug issues and relationship difficulties. Counselling takes place at secondary schools in the Castle Point area during term-time only. They also operate a mobile bus project which goes out into the community with a free tea and coffee bar and an area to socialise and relax.
Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service
Telephone: 01206 710771 (Colchester) or 01255 434601(Tendring) - 24 hour answerphone
y.e.s. provides a confidential, non-judgemental and informal service for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 within Colchester and Tendring, who are facing difficulties in their lives.
Emotional wellbeing and mental health service (EWMHS)
Telephone: 0300 300 1600
Provided by NELFT NHS Foundation Trust, this service is for anybody aged between 0-18, living in Essex. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25. Any young person experiencing Emotional wellbeing or mental health problems, or any parent, guardian, professional or teacher of a child who is experiencing Emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties, may access the service.
You can access the service in two different ways:
By a referral to the service via your GP, or other professional, or
By self-referral, via telephone to the main EWMHS contact number (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)
For out of hours and weekend Crisis Support Service, please call the general NELFT switchboard on 0300 555 1201 to be put through to immediate Crisis Support help.