All about NELFT's new EWMHS

EWMHS stands for the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service. EWMHS provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

What is EWMHS?

EWMHS stands for the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service. EWMHS provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

Our service is available to young people from the age of 0-18 or up to the age of 25 if they have special educational needs.

EWMHS offers advice and support for stress, low mood and depression, anxiety, self-harm or difficult to manage behaviours as well as support for neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ADHD or ASD.

The way in which we offer support can differ from young person to young person as every journey is unique. We are currently leading the way with our innovations in digital support for young people and we have a number of resources available online. These can be found at www.nelft.nhs.uk/my-mind or on the app store and do not require a referral to our service.

For some young people their emotional well-being may be having a significant impact on their day to day life and in these cases we may offer a short period of face to face support either in 1:1 sessions or in a group. For more information about the types of difficulties we support and the type of support offered please see our Support page

Who are we?

EWMHS is part of the NHS. There are a number of different people working across the EWMHS team to support young people and their families. These include:

  • Mental health workers
  • Assistant psychologists
  • Youth offending workers
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Family therapists
  • Play therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists

What is our approach?

At EWMHS we believe in supporting young people to put their Mind first, to take time to look after their own mental health and well-being and to value their mental health as much as their physical health. That is why we developed the My Mind App and website to allow young people to access lots of trusted and reliable self-help resources for some of the most common mental health concerns. We know that the majority of young people that come to mental health services do not need long periods of support and in fact many say they find the advice they were given was the most helpful. So we’ve gone ahead and popped it all online for you to access, without having to be referred or come in to our services.

We also understand the importance of families and the unique pressures and concerns child mental health can cause so we have included resources and support for you too. It can all be accessed in exactly the same way.

For those young people who need some additional support EWMHS is happy to take a referral from anyone. You can refer yourself, your brother, sister, friend or child.

When we offer direct support this is  tailored to meet the needs of each young person individually and no two sessions will ever look the same. We can offer support at various different locations and times depending on what works best for you.

What types of support do we offer?

The type of support will vary depending on the type of concern and the severity. All of our direct support options aim for young people to meet their own goals. They include:

  • Online self–help
  • Sign-posting to other organisations such as Big White Wall
  • Crisis support
  • Specialist assessments
  • Face to face therapy either individually or in groups.

Where are we?

We have offices and clinics across much of Southend, Essex and Thurrock and will be as flexible as possible in where we offer to see you. Get in touch and we can talk this through.

How to get in touch and refer?

At EWMHS we believe in an open and easy to access service. That is why you can refer yourself! If you feel like you might benefit from some of the self-help resources on offer you can access these for yourself for free by signing up to My Mind here.

If you would like to speak to someone for more information about the services we offer and to find out about what support might be available for you please call our Single Point of Access team on 0300 300 1600 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday to be put through to the three CSPAs and seven Locality teams across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.