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.

If you live in north east Essex

In north east Essex (Colchester and Tendring districts) you can get help from the service through Health in Mind* so you’ll often hear our Colchester and Tendring district STaR workers mentioning that name. You can call Health in Mind yourself on 0300 330 5455 or ask your GP to refer you.

If you live in mid Essex

In mid Essex (Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree Districts) you can get help from the service through Mid Essex IAPT*. IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. You can fill in an online self-referral form on the Mid Essex IAPT website here or ask your GP to refer you.

Download our leaflet on our STaR service

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* Health in Mind and Mid Essex IAPT are 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. www.healthmind.org.uk If you want to understand a little more about Mid Essex IAPT, please visit its website. www.hpft.nhs.uk