Mental health support

Taking care of mental health

Do not suffer in silence, support is out there. Talk to someone right now.

Helpline: - 01206 485007 - offers free and confidential mental health support to Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.

The helpline is open 8am to 7pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays and provides a safe space for people to talk and to get support. It is run by the Essex Wellbeing Service and has been planned with members of the GRT communities.

The Smaritans - 116 123

Free support line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Try the 5 a day Mental Health Challenge
Travellers and Mental Health Crisis video by The Traveller Movement.

The Traveller Movement's previous Education Policy Officer Chelsea discusses what factors are contributing the mental health crisis in Traveller communities.

The suicide rate in the Traveller community is six times higher than the general population, according to the All-Ireland Traveller Health Study. This increases to seven times higher among Traveller men and 11% of Traveller deaths are accountable to suicide. Prejudice, poverty and a lack of accessible services are contributing factors.

The Traveller Movement - policy briefing addressing mental health and suicide among Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in England (2019)

Read it here.

Further Traveller Movement resources

See the full list of The Traveller Movement’s resources about health here.

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