East Sussex Mental Health Directory of Community Support

Mental health services

Sussex Mental Healthline

This helpline can be reached in East Sussex between 5pm and 9am and all day during weekends and bank holidays

  • Tel: 0300 5000 101

The Samaritans

If you, or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans run a 24 hour helpline

  • Tel: 08457 909090

Primary care and psychological therapies

Health in Mind

The free NHS service for residents of East Sussex experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood. Our skilled therapists provide the support you need to feel positive and in control again. Rapid access courses, secure online referral, one to one therapy, by phone, online and face to face.

Available across East Sussex

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Health in Mind

Suicide prevention

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

We work locally and nationally with communities, organisations, services and individuals, helping them to become ready, willing and able to effectively support someone at risk of suicide.

Available in Brighton & Hove

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Support for survivors of suicide

Counselling partnership

Free to access, timely support for those bereaved by suicide or at current risk of taking their own life.

Available across East Sussex

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East Sussex Community Network

Wellbeing centres

Get Well, Stay Well, Prevent Crisis – Drop in support for adults (aged 16 years +) available 5 days a week

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Wellbeing Centres

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Peer Support Service

Get Well, Stay Well, Prevent Crisis – People who have their own lived experience of mental health challenges who will offer support alongside you to take control of your mental health and stay well

Available across East Sussex

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Peer Support Service

Thinking Well

Get Well, Stay Well, Prevent Crisis – Specialist day support for adults living in East Sussex living with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Thinking Well

Staying Well Space

Get Well, Stay Well, Prevent Crisis - Out of hours support available 7 nights a week for adults (aged 16 years +) experiencing acute distress due to their mental health.

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Staying Well Space

Mental health support for people from BME communities

Bad Nerves, Mental Health

Friends Families and Travellers provides confidential and private mental health support for Gypsies and Travellers

Available across East Sussex

  • Tel: 01273 234 777

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Social prescribing to improve people’s mental wellbeing

Community Connectors

When everyday life is effecting your mental health and wellbeing, we work in partnership with GPs to help you access local services and activities that can help

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Community Connectors

Easy access service for people with complex lives

Seaview

Practical services for complex lives

Available in Hastings

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Mental health, housing, employment, education and wellbeing support for young people

I-Rock

Young people (ages 14–25 years) are welcome to pop in and see us to seek support around wellbeing, education, employment, housing and mental health

Available in Hastings

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Education and group support for younger people

A mix of services to support 16–24 year olds’ mental health and wellbeing

Available across East Sussex

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Sussex Downs College Community Learning Courses

A wide range of activities and learning experiences which we can tailor to support people with mild to moderate mental health issues.

Available in Eastbourne and Newhaven

Tel: 030 300 39861

Email: gemma.peacock@sussexdowns.ac.uk

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Employment and job retention support

Employment Support

One-to-one support to gain and retain employment, self-employment, voluntary work and education. For adults (aged 16 years +) living in East Sussex who have mental health challenges and are accessing secondary care

Available across East Sussex

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Employment Support

Work in Mind

One-to-one support to gain and retain employment, self-employment, voluntary work and education for adults (aged 18 years +) – referrals are accepted direct from Health in Mind teams only

Available across East sussex

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Work in Mind

Advocacy and representation

POhWER

Information and advocacy services for people who need support because of problems with their mental health

Available Across East Sussex

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Recovery college

Sussex Recovery college

Educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase your knowledge, skills and promote self-management.

Available at the Hastings and Rother Campus and the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, High Weald, Lewes and Havens Campus

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Sussex Recovery college

Discovery College

A learning journey to wellbeing for children, young people (ages 12 to 20 years) and supporters (relatives, friends and carers)

Available at the Hastings and Rother Campus and the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, High Weald, Lewes and Havens Campus

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Discovery College

Low cost counselling services

Sussex Community Counselling

Low-cost counselling by a BACP-accredited service offered in Newhaven, Lewes, Hailsham and Eastbourne (includes funded youth counselling in the Havens area)

Find more information about this service on 1Space: SCDA Sussex Community Counselling

Counselling Plus Community

A charity which offers confidential affordable counselling to people aged 16 years +, in Hastings & Rother, at times of stress, change, pain or loss.

Available in Hastings, Bexhill, Rye and Northiam

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Counselling Plus Community

Self-help mental health resources

Books on Prescription

Self-help books for adults, young people and families available from your library for people who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem

Available across East Sussex

  • Tel: 0345 6080196

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Wellbeing boxes

Boost your wellbeing and take ownership of your health by borrowing a wellbeing box from your library. Each box contains interactive resources, local service information and literature about different areas of wellbeing, using the Five ways to mental wellbeing. To reserve a box talk to a member of library staff or book online. Family Wellbeing boxes and Teen Wellbeing Bags are also available to borrow for free.

Available across East Sussex

  • Tel: 0345 6080196

Find out more about this service on 1Space: Wellbeing Boxes

Football therapy

Football therapy

A free, drop-in session aimed at any adult (male or female) who is going through mental well-being issues of any kind.

Available in Lewes

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Service user involvement and engagement

People in Partnership

If you want to help shape the experience and improve the quality of mental health services, we can work alongside you to do so.

Available in Hastings and Rother, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown People in Partnership

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