East Sussex mental health directory

Mental health services

If you suspect you are showing signs of mental ill-health the first thing you should do is visit your GP. Mental health issues are common and treatable. The sooner you seek help, the better.

Sussex Mental Healthline

This helpline is open Mon to Fri 5pm and 9am, and 24 hours at 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

Health in Mind

Free NHS service for East Sussex residents who are experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood. Skilled therapists provide the support you need to feel positive again. Rapid access courses, secure online referral and one-to-one therapy by phone, online and face to face.

Available across East Sussex

Find more information on 1Space: Health in Mind

Suicide prevention

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

Work with communities, organisations, services and individuals to help them to become ready, willing and able to effectively support someone at risk of suicide.

Available in Brighton & Hove

Find more information on 1Space: Grassroots Suicide Prevention

Counselling partnership

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

Available across East Sussex

Find more information on 1Space: Counselling partnership

East Sussex Community Network

Wellbeing centres

Drop in support for adults (aged 16 years +) available 5 days a week

Find more information on 1Space: Southdown Wellbeing Centres

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Peer Support Service

People who have lived experience of mental health challenges will support you to take control of your mental health and stay well.

Available across East Sussex

Find more information on 1Space: Southdown Peer Support Service

Thinking Well

Specialist day support for adults living in East Sussex who are living with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.

Find more information on 1Space: Southdown Thinking Well

Staying Well Space

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 on 1Space: Southdown Staying Well Space

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 on 1Space: Sussex Community Counselling

Counselling Plus Community

A charity which offers confidential affordable counselling to people aged 16 years + at times of stress, change, pain or loss. Available in Hastings, Bexhill, Rye and Northiam.

Find more information on 1Space: Counselling Plus Community

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

Find more information on 1Space: Bad Nerves, Mental Health

Access local services to improve your mental wellbeing

Community Connectors

When everyday life is affecting 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 on 1Space: Southdown Community Connectors

Easy access service for people with complex lives

Seaview

An open access wellbeing centre in Hastings for people who are on the edge of society for a variety of reasons.

Find more information on 1Space: Seaview

Support for young people

I-Rock

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

Available in Hastings, Eastbourne and Newhaven

Find more information on 1Space: i-Rock

Education and group support for younger people

A mix of services to support people aged 16 to 24 years with their mental health and wellbeing.

Available across East Sussex

Find more information on 1Space: Southdown Education and group support for younger people

Sussex Downs College Community Learning Courses

Activities and learning experiences which can be tailored to support people with mild to moderate mental health issues.

Available in Eastbourne and Newhaven

Find more information on 1Space: Sussex Downs College

Employment support

Employment Support

Offer 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 are using a mental health service.

Available across East Sussex

Find more information on 1Space: Southdown Employment Support

Work in Mind

One-to-one support to find and retain emploment, 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 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.

Find more information on 1Space: POhWER

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 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 on 1Space: Discovery College

Self-help mental health resources

Every Mind Matters (One You)

National web resource with a personal plan, expert advice and practical tips - One You

Books on prescription

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

Wellbeing boxes

Boost your wellbeing by borrowing a wellbeing box from your library. Each box contains interactive resources, local service information and literature, following the 5 steps to mental wellbeing (connect, be active, take notice, keep learning, give).

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.

Find more information on 1Space: Football therapy

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 on 1Space: Southdown People in Partnership

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