Anyone can get a mental health problem. Did you know that 7.8% of people in Britain meet the criteria for the diagnosis of anxiety and depression and between 4 and 10% of people will experience depression in their lifetime.

The overall number of people reporting mental health problems has been going up in recent years.

Approximately only 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem is currently getting any kind of treatment. 

A person’s diagnosis may change several times during their life.

Essex Repsite

Our Services

We provide care and respite for people with a mental health diagnosis and their carers…

Established since 1994 Essex Respite and Care Association (ERCA) provides a person centred service of support to adults diagnosed with a mental health condition and their carers living in Essex.

ERCA provides support to promote social engagement in the community and assistance with life skills. Our clients are encouraged to work towards achieving their personal goals and they are supported to live healthier, more organised and happier lives. We often work alongside and in partnership with third party agencies such as the NHS and the Local Authority, agreeing and implementing care plans. Our support visits take place Monday-Friday from 8:30am-6pm and visits are normally between 1.5 hours – 6 hours long.

How we help

Our clients enjoy target focused, leisurely or therapeutic visits with support workers. These activities can include sorting paperwork, organising and cleaning their home, shopping and engaging in exercise such as walks, swimming or cycling to name a few. We also support with attending health appointments such as doctors, dentist, opticians appointments etc. Our support helps to build self-esteem and confidence in our clients and they are less isolated within their community.

We also provide carers caring for those with a mental health diagnosis much needed respite and the opportunity to talk to someone who understands their situation.

Count on us

We strive to provide excellent support

Support Individuals with Mental Illness

Social & Therapeutic Activities

Attending Medical Appointments

Help Achieve Personal Goals

Support & Respite For Carers


"Debra was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia when she was 19 years old and whilst attending university. Due to becoming unwell, she was unable to complete the course. Debra become increasingly anxious and paranoid and she began isolating herself within her family home. Debra was admitted into hospital when she was 26 years old for 3 months…."

Get in touch

Call our confidential support line on 01245 353855.
Our office is open 9am to 2pm Monday - Friday

Making A Difference

ERCA commit to continually trying to support the client in bettering their life

ERCA invest time and energy in what is and in what can be

ERCA staff strive to be uplifting and motivating

Make a difference

ERCA commit to continually trying to support the client in bettering their life

ERCA invest time and energy in what is and in what can be

ERCA staff strive to be uplifting and motivating

Person Centered

ERCA support clients to work towards their goals

ERCA support clients to take control over their lives

Clients have choice over the support they receive

ERCA welcomes and listens to any client and carer feedback

Dignity & Respect

ERCA treat clients and their carers with dignity and respect regardless of their culture, religion, age, race, sexual orientation and disability

All staff accept and respect clients and their carers' confidentiality and individuality

ERCA respects a client’s right to make their own decisions and choices about how they want to be supported

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