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!
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:
Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19
- If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.
- contact your GP for an emergency appointment or the out of hours team
- call NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct 0845 46 47 (Wales). They will direct you to the nearest appropriate care.
- contact your local crisis team if you are already under their care
- Go to mind.org.uk where there is a yellow button for ‘I need urgent help’ and follow instructions.
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. (bigwhitewall.com)
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