Practical support

If you are an adult living with a mild to moderate mental health problem and need information, advice and practical support to get help from other local services and organisations our free Support Time and Recovery Service (STaRS) is here to help.

STaR workers work with you and other local organisations to make sure you can get the help you need with things like housing, debt and finance problems, how to job seek and where you can go to volunteer. They can also introduce you to groups and activities local to you if you are feeling lonely and isolated.
They are there to help you for a short period of time and will get an action plan in place with you as soon as you meet them. They will arrange to visit you to meet you in the community if needed and can also support you on the phone.

How to get help from the STaR service

You can get help from the service through Health in Mind* so you’ll often hear our STaR workers mentioning that name. You can call Health in Mind yourself or ask your GP to refer you.

If you live in north east Essex the number is 0300 330 5455.

If you live in mid Essex the number is 01376 308704.

You can also refer yourself online – visit the website to find out more.

Download our leaflet on our STaR service

* Health in Mind is what a GP may refer you to if they think you can benefit from the support it manages. If you want to understand a little more about Health in Mind, please visit its website.

Support & Friendship Group

Our bi-monthly Support & Friendship group is open to anyone experiencing stress, anxiety and/or depression. We know that living with a mental health problem can be very isolating, our group is an opportunity to meet others going through a similar experience while enjoying coffee and cake in the relaxing Batte-Lay Tea Room at the Minories in Colchester.

When: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: The Batte-Lay Tea Room, the Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UE

The Minories welcomes us to use their venue, water is provided but please note normal café prices remain.

Please call our STaR team on 01206 764600 or email for more details.