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Coronavirus help and support

If you need extra help in coping with the effects of coronavirus, see our pages on Coronavirus – help and support.

Find out about changes and disruption to adult social care services.

3. Self-help for good mental health

During uncertain times

It is normal to sometimes feel anxious at this time, whatever your personal situation. Many of us will also face significant new challenges which may make us feel low.

This page signposts ways that you can help yourself. If you continue to have concerns about your mental health please visit Mental health services and support.

The following resources have some tips on how to support and manage our own mental health and wellbeing.

There are also many national mental health helplines which offer expert support and advice.

Self-help mental health resources

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters offers simple steps to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing:

NHS approved Apps for mental health

These apps support good mental health for a range of issues and have been assessed against NHS standards:

Health In Mind resources

NHS audio wellbeing guides and mindfulness

Free Mindfulness Project

A range of mindfulness sessions and resources offered free by qualified teachers during the Coronavirus pandemic:

Mind relaxation tips

East Sussex College open courses

ESG offers adult (19 plus) community learning opportunities which are usually free and currently online.

  • Street learning is for adults living in Wealden and Eastbourne and includes wellbeing activities such as mindfulness
  • Community learning courses are open to 19+ adults living in East Sussex and include wellbeing and creative courses

Mind Wellbeing projects in Hastings and Eastbourne

Workshops and information to support positive mental wellbeing, and awareness and understanding of mental health. The service works with young people who live in Hastings and Eastbourne, and people of any age with long-term conditions (such as a mental health condition or physical disability).

There is further information and contact details on the Mind website.

ESCC Libraries services

East Sussex Libraries have pages on wellbeing with lots of resources and signposting. If you live or work in East Sussex you can also access free e-books and audiobooks.

Our libraries offer self-help books for people who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem.

Befriending phone services to combat loneliness

NHS Volunteers Service

‘Check in and chat’ is a telephone service offered by volunteers if you are feeling isolated due to the pandemic, and / or have mental health issues. The service is open 8am to 8pm each day.

Chit-Chat

Chit-Chat aims to help reduce loneliness and increase human contact. Trained volunteers oversee the phone line and social media. The chit-chat line is open 9am to 9pm, seven days per week.

  • Phone: 0333 002 0333
  • Calls cost no more than national rate calls to 01 or 02 numbers. They count towards inclusive minutes on mobile and landline packages.

Find more information on 1Space: Chit-Chat

Community Reach

If you are feeling stressed, isolated or low and would like a weekly ‘caller companion’ check in service. For anyone living in East Sussex.

Connect In (Hastings)

Find more information on 1Space: Connect In

Join Together (Hailsham area)

This is a temporary befriending service during the pandemic set up by SCDA.

Find more information on 1Space: Join Together

Independent Age

A befriending phone service for older people.

  • Freephone: 0800 3196789
  • For more information visit the website: Independent Age

Age UK East Sussex

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is currently offering a chat service with calls once a week from a friendly volunteer matched to you.

  • Phone: 01273 476704
  • For more information visit the website: Age UK

Mobilise Cuppa (for all carers)

Join other carers for a virtual cuppa and supportive chats twice a week. There is also lots of helpful information on their resources page.

Men’s mental health

Southdown’s People in Partnership have put together a ‘padlet’ of information on services and information to help with men’s mental health.

  • Let’s talk men’s mental health padlet

National Peer Support Service

Side by Side (offered through National Mind)

A supportive online community, where you can feel at home talking about your mental health and connect with others who understand what you are going through. The community is open to anybody who has an experience of mental health problems, or is closely connected to someone that has. It’s available 24/7 and moderated daily from 8.30am until midnight.

To join: Side by Side

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