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Come along for a cuppa and a chat to see how we can help you return to work.

Take The

First Step

Your journey back to work starts here.

Feeling low or anxious about finding a job? We can help you gain the confidence to get back into employment.

1 in 4


will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year

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HeadsUp – Who we are

HeadsUp provides emotional support and practical job seeking advice to people in Essex, Southend and Thurrock. Our participants are currently unemployed and will have experienced some form of common mental health problem, but with our help, feel ready to job search or find appropriate employment and training. HeadsUp is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

We know that the idea of getting back to work after a period of unemployment can be really daunting. However, we believe that returning to work or education can provide you with loads of amazing benefits such as a boost in self-confidence, purpose, an opportunity to make new friends and the chance to learn new skills.

We work with people who are out of work (this could be due to unemployment, but may also relate to caring for loved ones or raising a family) and suffer from common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or low confidence. Our participants do not need to have a formal medical diagnosis and can refer themselves to our project.

We work to develop self-confidence, resilience and wellbeing, as well as helping with the practical aspects of finding a job and developing skill sets.

We know the first step is the hardest but we’re here to help

We don’t preach, we don’t judge, we just support and guide you through the process. And what’s more, the person who will be with you every step of the way has been in your shoes: our peer support workers have experienced different mental health problems and unemployment themselves, meaning they can support you on your journey by drawing upon their own experiences.


Click on the play button for a quick overview from one of our Peer Support Workers about how HeadsUp can help you on your journey back to work.

Boost your confidence with 1-2-1 support, workshops and links to employers

Along with the one-to-one support you will receive from your peer support worker, you can attend a workshop designed to explore and boost your mental well-being and resilience. This is an important part of the HeadsUp programme because as well as benefitting from practical help with things like CV writing and applying for jobs, it’s also really important to work through how you feel about returning to work emotionally.

We also offer you the chance to attend Skill Pods, which are tailored sessions designed to help you develop practical skills such as using IT to job search, interview techniques and of course making sure your CV presents your skills and experiences in a great light.

Find out more

Download our leaflet here, and to find out how to contact us and get involved click here