VitaMinds is a FREE local NHS talking therapies service. We’re here when the pressures of life, Covid and everything else feel too much. No need to see your GP, simply refer yourself in minutes online. Get in touch today and start lifting some of that pressure.

A free and confidential NHS service

Open as usual to help you during Covid-19 

If you are struggling to cope then VitaMinds can help. VitaMinds works in partnership with the NHS to offer a range of therapies to adults 18-years and over, who are registered with a Basildon and Brentwood GP.

It’s a FREE service and you don’t need to visit a GP. Simply click the button below to get help or call us on 01268 977 171.

We help people with:

• Depression
• Low mood due to a physical condition (such as diabetes
or pain)
• Excessive worry or anxiety
• Panic attacks
• Sleep problems
• Stress
• Phobia(s)
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Experience of a traumatic event

How it works

Start your journey

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Asking for help can seem like a big step, but it won’t seem so daunting once  you know what to expect. We offer a broad range of services to suit a variety of circumstances, so your journey with us will be unique to you.

How to access the service online

The form should only take about 5 minutes.

self referral

How to access the service by phone

Call us on 01268 977 171 during these hours*:

8am – 8pm Monday to Friday

9am – 12.30pm Saturday

We’ll take some details from you and arrange an appointment.


We’ll book you in for a telephone assessment which usually take 1 hour. Please try to find a private, quiet place beforehand.

We are not an emergency service and are not able to help with immediate crisis situations. If you need immediate help please contact either your GP or go to the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital (24hrs).

Alternatively, if you’re experiencing a crisis and need a person to talk things through with, you can call the Crisis Teams in your area.

Do you need urgent help?
Find a Crisis Team in your area
Our Services

We have several workshops and groups available, as well as online therapy.

Psychological Therapists

Psychological therapists are trained professionals who can help people to deal with problems that significantly interfere with their lives.

Workshops & Groups

Workshops and groups are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an ‘evidence-based treatment’ for anxiety- and depression-based problems.

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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Some of the trained staff within the service are called psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWP). They are trained to be able to guide you through a range of self help materials that are specific to your difficulties.

Group for depression: ‘behavioural activation’

Feeling low? Struggling with motivation? Stopped doing things you used to and want some support to get back on track?

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Long term conditions team

Our Long Term Conditions team can support individuals improve their overall wellbeing. We work with a range of problems including: diabetes, coronary heart disease/heart failure, COPD…

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Stress & worry

This 6-week group course aims to help you better understand stress and worry. It provides management techniques and strategies to reduce daily stresses and concerns.

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Stress & low mood within long term health conditions

This 6-week group facilitates reflection and discussion about the impact of your physical condition. We can help you manage stress, feeling low, anxious or depressed.

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Sleep workshop

This one-day workshop aims to help you identify causes of sleep problems and offers you a chance to learn different ways to improve your sleep.

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Online therapy

We offer online treatment options, which are accessible from your smart phone, tablet or computer at home, any time of the day or night.

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Guidance and Information


Self Help Resources

Concerned About Someone

GP/Professional Referral

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Vita is an award-winning, CQC registered healthcare provider