Useful Links

Below are a list of organisations both local and national who may be able to support you with your mental health an emotional wellbeing, please click on the name of the service to visit their website.

Local Minds

Mid North East Essex Mind (For Colchester based students) – 01206 764600 –
West Essex Mind (For Loughton based students) – 01371 876641 –
South East and Central Essex Mind (For Southend based students) – 01702 601123 –

At University

University of Essex Student Wellbeing

Local Mental Health Services

Health in Mind (For Colchester based students)
Healthy Minds (For Loughton based students)
Therapy for you (For Southend based students)

Peer Support

Students recovering from a mental health and/or substance misuse problem can access a service called Futures in Mind where they can talk to and get support from people going through a similar experience. The following groups run near campus.


Young People’s Welcome Cafe
A friendly social group for young people (aged 18 – 30) affected by mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues. Come and Join us to talk and meet like-minded people in a safe space.
Every other Tuesday, 2pm – 4pm
Firstsite Gallery, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Contact 01206 764600

Welcome Cafe and art, craft and music
Friday, 1pm – 3pm
Friends Meeting House, 6 Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF
Contact 01206 764600

Saturday Welcome Cafe
First Saturday of the month, 10am-11am
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High St, Colchester CO1 1JH
Contact 01206 764600


Coffee & Chat
Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm
Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton, IG10 1RB


Welcome Café Rochford
Tuesdays, 1pm – 3pm
82 West Street, Rochford, SS4 1AS
Contact 01376 312126

Useful Websites

Students against Depression
Young Minds