All Children and young people's Mental Health Services across Southend, Essex and Thurrock are provided by NELFT NHS Foundation Trust under the title: Emotional wellbeing and mental health service (EWMHS).
The service is for anybody aged between 0-18 living in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas and is free at the point of entry. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25.
You may be referred to the EWMHS if you have one or more of the symptoms listed below:
- Mood and anxiety disorders
- Behavioural and conduct disorders
- Emerging personality and attachment disorders
- Eating disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Deliberate self-harm and suicidal thoughts
- Substance misuse
- Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Prolonged bereavement problems
To download the EWMHS service booklet, click on the link below:
Contacting the EWMHS service
There is just one main EWMHS number to remember.
Call 0300 3001600 to access the EWMHS during working hours 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday.
For the out-of-hours Support Service, please call the general NELFT switchboard on 0300 555 1201.
For any further information about the new EWMHS, please visit: http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-ewmhs
All general enquiries will be replied to within five working days and all referrals will be screened by a specialist EWMHS health professional within two working days.
Open Up, Reach Out – year 3 update
The NHS in Essex and the three councils have updated their plans to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people across the county by publishing Open Up, Reach Out year 3.
Put together by the seven CCGs, Thurrock Council, Southend Council and Essex County Council, the fiver-year Local Transformation Plan sets out the work to be done over the remaining three years and summarises what has already been achieved in years 1 to 3.
In year 2 the new Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Service was embedding in the community with great progress on: recruitment and mobilisation of the staff and teams, the promotion of the open access supported referrals into the service from Children, Young People, their families / carers, Schools and other professionals.
We continued to invest in children and young people’s services with investment into the crisis service, engagement with children and young people and schools support.
This year 3 document is a refresh of the local transformation plan, showing what has been achieved so far and the priorities for action over the next fewyears.
You can download the older versions below, including a short summary version of the original plan: