Southend, Essex & Thurrock Children's & Adolescent's Mental Health Service

Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS)

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

The service covers Southend, Essex and Thurrock and is open to young people between the ages of 0-18, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs.

Any child or young person experiencing mental health difficulties as well as any parent, guardian or professional can access the service for help and guidance.

There are lots of ways to access the service.

  • A child or young person can contact us directly
  • Any parent/guardian or professional such as a teacher, school nurse or GP can contact us on behalf of the young person

When the service can help?
Everyone goes through ups and downs, but sometimes feelings or behaviours can start to get in the way of day-to-day living. When this happens, it might be time to seek some help.

We can support people with a range of mental health difficulties faced by young people, which can include:

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessional thoughts
  • Sleep problems
  • Body image and eating difficulties
  • Behavioural and emotional difficulties
  • Trauma and loss
  • Parenting and family difficulties

These are some of the things we can help you with. If we feel SET CAMHS is not right to help your particular need, then we can put you in contact with a number of different organisations who might be more appropriate.

What the service can do
SET CAMHS offer a range of both individual and group talking therapies such as;

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioural therapy)
  • Trauma focused therapies
  • Play based therapies
  • Art and creative therapies
  • Psycho-dynamic therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Medication

Journey through the service
Waiting times may vary but SET CAMHS aim to see people within 12 weeks. However, if you find that things become more stressful while you are waiting to be seen, contact SET CAMHS as soon as possible for support.

Contact details
To contact the service between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, you or someone on your behalf can;

Call SET CAMHS: Freephone 0800 953 0222


If you need urgent help or out of hours help;

Call NELFT out of hours: 0800 995 1000

pdf Download the SET CAMHS Directorate (9.07 MB)

  document Download the SET CAMHS referral form (568 KB)