If you feel unsafe and need immediate help, go to your local A&E department, where a psychiatric liaison team can help you.
Basildon University Hospital
Tel: 01268 524900
Address: Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL
Tel: 01702 435555
Address: Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 0RY
Out of session support
Counselling with me will be set at a weekly (sometimes fortnightly) pace, it’s not an on-call service. If you find that you are in need of immediate support out of session, you might find it useful to contact Samaritans. Samaritans have heard many people’s stories and you can discuss anything with them in complete confidence. You don’t have to be suicidal to call them for help & support. They can be reached 24/7 all year round on 116 123.
VitaMinds is is the NHS Counselling Service for Basildon and Brentwood. Check out their website to read more on what they can offer (not just counselling).
TherapyForYou is the NHS Counselling Service for Southend, Castle Point and Rochford. Their website has useful information & short online courses that aim to help people understand their thoughts and feelings better.
NHS – Get fit for free has some great tips and pointers to help us look after our physical health for free, and research shows our physical health is linked to our mental health.
Therapist Aid is a website with loads of useful stuff that’s available for anyone to use. It’s full of things that are designed to promote understanding and awareness about a whole range of different topics (anxiety, depression, grief, relationships, self-esteem etc.) through videos, worksheets, guides and an interactive section.
Getselfhelp is another useful website that’s designed to provide you with materials and tools that can help you take control of your thoughts and feelings.
Beacon House has excellent resources related to developmental trauma.
Truth Project: I will be heard is part of the Independent Enquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and offers victims and survivors the chance to share their experience, either in writing, over the phone or in person.
There are so many different helplines and charities out there, so here’s a useful and comprehensive list of Mental health helplines provided by NHS.