Thurrock residents are being reminded of the ways they can access free advice and guidance as part of Mental Health Awareness Week this May.
Taking place from Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May, the national week aims to raise the profile of looking after our mental health which couldn't be more important at this time.
Cllr Allen Mayes, Cabinet member for health, said: "It's important that residents keep an eye on both their physical and mental health, and seek help if they feel like they need it - especially as our contact with others is restricted during these difficult times.
"We need to raise the profile of mental health and de-stigmatise the act of seeking help and reaching out. It is OK not to be OK and there is support available if you need it from our many services across the borough.
"This year's national theme of 'kindness' is also important to reflect on and I encourage all residents to look out for and be considerate to others, whilst following social distancing guidelines."
Thurrock and Brentwood MIND, Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) and Inclusion Thurrock offer a tremendous range of support for adults and older residents. NELFT and Kooth also offer a number of services for children and young people to support their mental health, with all services currently being provided by telephone and video conferencing.
If you require additional support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action is supporting the physical and mental health of our vulnerable residents. This includes a dedicated befriending service as well as supporting with access to essential supplies and medicines.
Local services are listed below.
|Thurrock and Brentwood Mind||A self-referral service providing support and counselling on a range of mental health topics to help you understand your difficulties and make choices about the help you need to resolve them||01375 391 411|
|Inclusion Thurrock||Access 'talking therapies services' such as interventions and therapies, and an adults recovery college to support your mental health||01375 898 680|
|Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)||A service providing mental health care, including a service for health and social care professionals to help them manage stress and emotional difficulties. A support line is also available for adult residents experiencing a mental health crisis./td>||111, then select option 2|
|NELFT and Kooth||A range of online support and guidance for children and young people's mental health||0300 555 1201, if under 18 years-old|
|Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action||Local community response partnership for coronavirus (COVID-19), providing support to vulnerable residents without friends or family to help||01375 511 002|
National guidance on mental health is also available on the Mental Health Foundation website.
For details on further support available, including resources by Public Health England, go to our Mental Health web pages.