Mental Health

May 27, 2020

If you are struggling with your mental health do seek help. It may seem impossible to imagine things can get better right now, but they really can!

Urgent Problems

Most importantly, if you don’t feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe right now, seek immediate help. This is as important as a physical illness like Covid, and you are not wasting people’s time!

  • go to any hospital A&E department (sometimes known as the Emergency Department)
  • call 999 and ask for an ambulance if you can’t get to A&E
  • ask someone else to contact 999 for you or take you to A&E immediately


If you need some support right now, but don’t want to go to A&E, here are some other options for you to try:

Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: for a reply within 24 hours

Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19



Less Urgent Problems


If your problem is less urgent, you may find the website ‘Therapy for You’ which deals with local provision helpful. The Hub of Hope also offers an overview of local provision.




You can self-refer to a therapist without going to your GP by going through Mid-Essex IAPT

(improving access to psychological therapies). Call 01376 308704 or complete a form on




You can go on Big White Wall where there is guided support for a range of problems.  (



Should you find that you need counselling, and you are waiting a long time for it to become available, contact Councillor Maggie O’Connor (07788633756)  or Councillor Sophie Porter(07852976508) . We may be able to signpost you to local funding to help plug the gap till NHS services are available.



Being alone while isolating can be very difficult. There is a lovely group of people in the village available to chat to whenever you like. For further information please contact Maggie O’Connor (07788633756) or Sophie Porter (07852976508) or Janet walter (07941366234).



Defibrillators in Stock

Where they are

There are two defibrillators in Stock, one at the Village Hall, and one on the Heritage Centre (next to Stock Primary School) on Swan Lane.


How to access/Use


If someone has collapsed, and you dial 999 you may be referred to the nearest defibrillator. You will be given a code to unlock it. Simply follow the instructions, or watch the following clip to help understand how to use it. (You tube; How to use a public access defibrillator).


Last modified: May 27, 2020