Spotlight on… MENTAL HEALTH

Staying safe advice
Staying Safe Advice

Going into another lockdown has put extra pressure on everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. In this section we’re highlighting some local and national resources you can use to refer/signpost others to or make use of yourself. 


  • Clacton Crisis Cafe offers support between 5pm and 11pm, currently by phone. Professionals can refer in, or self-referral is possible through 111.
  • Summit offer a 10-week mindfulness course online and other mental health support. They can be contacted on 01255 429778.
  • Reach Out for Mental Health offer a befriending listening service for anyone feeling suicidal or experiencing a tough time. They are not suitable for anyone with acute mental health difficulties. Contact them on 07898 220384


  • Samaritans provide a 24/7 listening service available by phoning 116 123. They also provide an email service and letter writing service, as well as a self-help app.
  • Calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2 will put you through to a mental health Crisis Response Service which connects you to trained EPUT staff. This is also a 24-hour service for adults. 
  • Mind have a lot of resources and courses on their website – Mind 
  • Text SHOUT to 85258 at any time to receive instant support by text – useful if it is not possible to speak aloud.
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is available from 5pm to midnight every day on 0800585858 or 08088025858
  • Sane offer services to anyone affected by their own mental illness or someone they care about. Available every day 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000
  • Papyrus offers suicide prevention support for those up to 35 years old. Phone on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209697. Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Weekends/Bank Holidays 2pm-10pm. 
  • NHS Crisis Services Directory Find Crisis support services – NHS ( for support in your local area

This information was provided by Community Voluntary Services Tendring in their newsletter. You can sign up to their newsletter via their website at Contact Us – CVS (