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The World Health Organisation defines mental health as: 
"A  state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."

Wellbeing is rather more difficult to define, but there is consensus around the following definition: "Being comfortable, healthy or happy." 

We have put this page together to enable you to access a range of links and resources, including national organisations, that promote and support the wellbeing of children and adults.

Click here for our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

Useful Mental Health and Wellbeing Contacts

Mind (Mid and North East Essex)

For information on support and local services available: https://mnessexmind.org/how-we-can-help/

For out of hours or crisis support: https://mnessexmind.org/how-we-can-help/out-of-hours-crisis-support/

If you need help to find services available in the local area for those ages 18 and under, please call Mind: Mid and North East Essex on 01206 764600, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm for a chat and they will do their best to signpost you to the relevant service.


Information, advice and support for parents: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

Parents Helpline: Call our Parents Helpline for detailed advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to the age of 25.

Call us for free on 0808 802 5544 from 9:30am - 4pm, Mon - Fri.

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service

The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties. The service covers Southend, Essex and Thurrock and is open to young people between the ages of 0-18, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs.

Any child or young person experiencing mental health difficulties as well as any parent, guardian or professional can access the service for help and guidance.



Whatever your worry, you can talk to Childline, they are there to listen and the call is free: 0800 1111 or you can get in touch via their website: childline.org.uk/kids

Helpful tools to start a conversation about stress and anxiety with a child or loved one: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/videos/managing-stress-anxiety/

Strategies to help feel calmer if experiencing stress and anxiety can be found in 'The Calm Zone': https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

Mental Health and Wellbeing Quick Reference Guides

Mental Health and Wellbeing Videos

Recovery and Return Programme
The following videos provide helpful advice and information to support parents'/carers' emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Video 1 - Looking after yourself - 28 minutes -   https://youtu.be/fVcUC8FdlDg

Video 2 - Looking after your family - 39 minutes - https://youtu.be/5-tXf73M5wI

Useful Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

Place2Be offers a variety of different mental health and counselling services to meet the needs of young people and their parents and carers: https://www.place2be.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

For information and advice about mental illness: https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/ 

Mental Health UK

Mental health information and support: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/information-and-support/

Mental Health Foundation

A-Z of mental health conditions with links to support and self-help resources: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families 

Advice and guidance for parents and carers to help them support a child or young person experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing: https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/

Helpful podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems: https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/child-in-mind/

Parent Talk from Action for Children

Advice and activities to support children and parents with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. They also offer one-to-one chat facility where parents can speak to a qualified parenting coach about any concerns: https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/mental-health-wellbeing/

Beat Eating Disorders charity

For information, advice and support on eating disorders: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/


Emotional Wellbeing Hub where you can find a range of resources, tools, videos and more, focusing on yours and your family's emotional wellbeing: https://www.barnardos.org.uk/support-hub/emotional-wellbeing

The Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Comprehensive guides to a range of areas on the Mental Health and Wellbeing of young people: https://www.acamh.org/learning

Reading Well

Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. Many of the titles listed can be found in your local library, where they can be taken a out for free, in a range of formats: Interactive Book List

National Literacy Trust

In partnership with children's mental health charity, Place2Be, the National Literacy Trust has created a book list in support of their research findings, which suggest children and young people who read and write in their free time have significantly better mental wellbeing than their peers: Children's Happiness and Wellbeing Book List

Love Reading 4 Kids

Anxiety and Wellbeing - 50 Books to Help Children Cope: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/blog/collections/anxiety-wellbeing-helping-young-ones-cope-6083

Local Government Association - Don't Be Left in the Dark:  https://www.local.gov.uk/dont-be-left-dark-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health

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