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.

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

Mind relaxation tips

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

Connect In 

Telephone befriender service in the Hastings area.

The Befriending Service

This project supports people in Newhaven and Hailsham who might benefit from a weekly call from a trained volunteer.

Independent Age

A befriending phone service for older people.

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.

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.

Men’s mental health

Men's Sheds

Local spaces for men to connect, make friends and enjoy activities. There are groups all over East Sussex.

Men's Health library resources

East Sussex Libraries share a collection of online tools and resources to support men's mental health and wellbeing.

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.

Men's padlet

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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