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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS)

A service provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), called Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS), has replaced Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

This 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. Any young person experiencing emotional wellbeing or mental health problems, or any parent, guardian, professional or teacher of a child who is experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties, may access our service.

Call 0300 300 1600 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday to be put through to our three CSPAs and seven Locality teams across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

For our out of hours and weekend Crisis Support Service, please call the general NELFT switchboard on 0300 555 1201 to be put through to immediate Crisis Support help.

For more information please see EWMHS Info Booklet - Click here

Types of conditions and issues that can be referred to the service:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Behavioural and conduct disorders
  • Emerging personality and attachment disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Substance misuse with co-existing mental health needs (dual diagnosis)
  • Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) - with co-occuring mental health needs
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - with co-occuring mental health needs
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Prolonged bereavement problems


Who to contact


Opening Times

When is it on

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00. Out of hours service call the general NELFT switchboard on 0300 555 1201

Other Details


Age Ranges
0-18 year olds
Referral required
Referral Details

You can access our service in two different ways:

By a referral to our service via your GP, or other professional,
By self-referral, via a phone call to the main EWMHS phone number: 0300 300 1600.

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
19-25 years
11-16 years
17-19 years
SEN Provision Type


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  •  Last admin update: 04 Aug 2021

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