East Sussex mental health directory
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.
- Every Mind Matters (national)
- Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 10 ways to look after your mental health
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
- Videos and other resources for managing anxiety and improving wellbeing
NHS audio wellbeing guides and mindfulness
- Mental wellbeing audio guides to help you through feelings such as anxiety or a low mood
- NHS mindfulness gives you an introduction to mindfulness and links to resources
Mind relaxation tips
- National Mind suggest 8 relaxation tips for your mental wellbeing
East Sussex College open courses
ESG offers adults (19 plus) community learning opportunities which are usually free and online. You might want to boost your wellbeing by trying something new and creative or improving your employability.
- Website for latest course information: Community Learning
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.
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.
- Library service and self-help books
- List of recommended books and e-books for mental health and wellbeing
Phone services for wellbeing support
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.
- Call to register on 0808 196 3646
- Or visit the Volunteer Responders website
The goal of this national organisation is to help reduce loneliness and increase human contact. Trained volunteers oversee the phone line which is open 9am to 9pm, seven days per week. Callers (18+) can chat for up to 20 minutes each time.
- Phone: 0800 001445
- For more information Hullo
Telephone befriender service in the Hastings area.
- Phone: 01424 444010
- Or register online
The Befriending Service
This project supports people in Newhaven and Hailsham who might benefit from a weekly call from a trained volunteer.
- Phone Julie on 07920 526226 (also if you are interested in volunteering)
- Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: Befriending
A befriending phone service for older people.
- Freephone: 0800 3196789
- Website: Independent Age
Age UK East Sussex
The Community Emergency Response Team are offering a chat service with calls once a week from a friendly volunteer matched to you.
- Phone: 01273 476704
- 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.
- Register to join: Mobilise
Farming Community Network helpline:
A national helpline for farmers which offers a chance to talk to someone who understands the challenges. You can call between 7am and 11pm every day if you need help with stress, depression, alcohol or drug dependency, isolation or have other worries.
- Phone: 03000 111999
- Website: FCN Helpline
Men’s mental health
Local spaces for men to connect, make friends and enjoy activities. There are groups all over East Sussex.
- Website: Men's Sheds
Men's Health library resources
East Sussex Libraries share a collection of online tools and resources to support men's mental health and wellbeing.
- Website: East Sussex Libraries
Room to Rant (16-25s) rap and lyric workshops
A relaxed weekly space for young men to rap and get stuff off their chest, run by experienced and accomplished rappers. Now running in Eastbourne, with an online group for those who can't meet in person.
- Website Room to Rant
Mankind Support Group
Mankind was set up in 2020 by Eastbourne friends to help support men who have mental health worries, or just need someone to talk to without judgement.
- Website Mankind
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
Podcasts about men's mental health
- UK Men's mental health podcasts aiming to get men talking about mental health more: Manup!
- The Mental Health Foundation podcast focussed on men's mental health: Four men talk mental health
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. It's 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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