Mental health

Types of support

Help and support is available to help you cope with mental health problems.

Treatment may include self-help, talking therapies, medication and – if necessary – 24-hour support, which may take place at home or in hospital.

Talking therapy

Talking therapy involves talking to someone who is trained to help you deal with your negative feelings. They can help anyone who is experiencing distress.

Anyone can ask their GP for talking therapy. Talking therapy is provided locally by Inclusion Thurrock. The service is available throughout the borough and is designed to help you cope with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

You can find out more about talking therapy at NHS: benefits of talking therapy.


If you and your GP agree you would benefit from medication, there are various options that can help with conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, mania and other mental health problems.

Taking medication for your mental health is no different to taking antibiotics for a disease, and it does not necessarily mean you will be taking them for the rest of your life.

Side-effects for most medication – such as antidepressants – usually only last for the first 2 weeks, so always try and stick to your prescription and make sure you discuss any concerns with your GP or specialist care provider.

You can find out more about antidepressants at NHS: antidepressants.

Support from other organisations

Support is also available from: