Mental Health Support


If you are concerned about your mental health, you should visit your doctor. Your GP can help you find out what treatment, support or therapy is available. Your GP can also help you to access specialised mental health services if you have a more serious mental health condition.
If you don’t have a GP you can visit the Eastbourne walk-in centre without needing to be registered at Eastbourne railway station, BN21 3QJ, t: 01323 726650
If you are in crisis visit your local A&E department or access these services:

Samaritans National Helpline: 116 123 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.

Sussex Mental Healthline – a telephone service providing support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals.
T: 0300 5000 101 (5pm to 9am and all day during weekends and bank holidays).

Non-Crisis Support

Health in Mind – a county wide free NHS service delivered in partnership by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Turning Point. They offer assessement and brief interventions/treatment for mental health problems including self-help material, telephone support, courses and therapy. Over 18’s only. T: 03000 030130,

Eastbourne & District Samaritans – offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
The Haven, 13 Bolton Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3JT
T: 01323 735555 (local call charges apply), e:
For disabled access follow the signs through the front gate of the Haven to the lift entrance.
Alternatively, contact us by telephone prior to your visit (01323 735555 – local call charges apply)

Rethink Mental Illness – provides expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. The Eastbourne Engagement Project Service can be reached at 01323 644027.
19 Gildredge Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 4RU.

SANE – aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness, raising public awareness, exciting research and bringing about more effective professional treatment. Text support: Textcare provides one text per week for five weeks or ongoing by request. It is not a crisis service, an application form for the service needs to be completed online at The website also has an online forum.
Helpline t: 0300 304 7000 4.30pm-10.30pm every day of the year.

BiPolar UK – a national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers. The nearest support group is in Lewes. It is free to attend and are open to anyone affected by bipolar, including family, friends and carers. Meetings are 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7.00pm – 9.00pm at Lewes Your Way, 47a Western Road, Lewes, BN7 1RL., t: 0333 323 3880

Recovery Partners – peer support from specialists who live with mental health challenges themselves and are professionally trained and supervised. Services include one to one support, drop-ins, group discussions, workshops, coaching sessions and other activities, all provided free. Brightview, 6 Saffrons Rd. t: 07960 122525
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Mind – advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding and offer workshops, pop up sessions and one to one conversations in Eastbourne that promote emotional wellbeing. The website offers information about mental health problems, supporting someone, treatment options and practical issues., t: 07825 683530, e:

Cruse Bereavement Care – national charity for bereaved people. They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. They have a Freephone national helpline, local services, and a website specifically for children and young people. William & Patricia Venton Centre, 6-12 Junction Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3QY, t: 01323 642942, e:

Relate – provides relationship support and mediation for couples and families, sexual therapy, life skills courses and company training. t: 01273 697997 (Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm)
Adult Social Care – Anyone can ask for an assessment of social care needs. You can do this for yourself or on behalf of someone you know. They will respond to your request within three working days. Call our contact centre: telephone 0345 60 80 191

East Sussex Community Network – a network of recovery-focused services designed to help people get well, stay well and prevent crisis. The network works closely with local hospitals, GPs and specialist health services to provide joined up support for people.
Tel 01323 405 334 or email

Eastbourne Wellbeing Centre – Wellbeing Centres and an Outreach Service are provided as part of the East Sussex Community Network. They offer a range of support (including one to one sessions, group sessions and workshops) to help people develop skills and resilience to regain and retain control of their life.
Brightview, 6 Saffrons Rd, BN21 1DG. Tel. 01323 405330

Southdown Community Links – offers individually tailored coachingfor people with mental health needs and people with autism. It offers 12 sessions of coaching to enable people to take part in community activities, build up networks of support, identify goals in line with the individuals interests and develop skills. It is a free service open to all adults 16+ who have mental health needs and autistic people 16+ who have autism and mental health needs. You can self-refer.
T: 01273 405800 or 07805 863176,

Southdown Peers in Partnership – works with people affected by and interested in mental health to improve mental health and wellbeing services across East Sussex. To enable people to share their experiences of mental health services in East Sussex they have formed a Mental Health Consumer Network. The Network’s aim is to improve the quality of mental health services, and includes people with mental health challenges, carers and local service providers. A strategic group from the network regularly meets with the East Sussex County Council Mental Health commissioner.
Peer Specialists can help you identify what your goals are to create a training and personal development plan.
Student Buddies support people with mental health challenges to do any course, including settling in or help if you are struggling on an existing course.
The Project is a free service open to East Sussex residents aged 16 and over, who have a mental health need or are a Carer for an adult with a mental health need. The Project also encourages service providers to get involved. T: 01323 340151 e:

POhWER – provides information, advice and advocacy services for people who need support because of problems with their mental health.
T: 0300 456 2370 e: w:

Sussex Recovery College – offers educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase your knowledge, skills and promote self-management. This may help you take control and become an expert in your own wellbeing and recovery and get on with your life despite mental health challenges. Whether you work with people with mental health challenges, use mental health services or care for someone who does, learning more about self-management and recovery will enable you to make the most of your strengths, talents and resources and help you to achieve whatever it is you want in your life or work. T: 0300 303 8086, e:,

Care for the Carers – offer specialized support for carers of people with mental health support needs across East Sussex. They offer support, information, advice, carer groups, free counselling sessions and training.
T: 01323 738 390 e:

Counselling Partnership Survivors of Suicide – the project supports people who are suicidal and those who are bereaved by suicide. Both suicidal individuals and those bereaved by suicide can find themselves without anyone who will listen to them and in the case of the bereaved, many unanswered questions. The service aims to provide a safe space for this client group, suicidal clients are offered one to one and to date clients have been able to access this support immediately. Bereaved people are offered a person-centred service depending on the stage of their bereavement and their own personal experiences, sometimes this will be access to a support group and sometimes may be information/support and or attendance at an inquest.
The service operates across East Sussex and is free to access. To contact the service telephone Sussex Community Development Association on 01273 519108 or email, they accept self-referrals as well as referrals from other services.

Possability People – a Sussex based disability charity working to make more things possible for people in their life, no matter what their situation. They have a range of services from independence and care to help and advice and employment and volunteering support. They work with disabled people, older people, younger people or anyone with an impairment or long-term health condition. This includes Mental Health.
T: 01424 234 460, e:,

Shinewater Shaftsbury Centre – an advice and counselling centre situated in the heart of Shinewater providing a free advice and counselling service to the whole Eastbourne community. t: 01323 760 654

There are also many useful websites which support a range of mental health issues, here are just a few:

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Includes specific information which provides a tailored range of information for young people, parents, teachers and carers. A-Z from ‘Surviving Adolescents’, ‘Anxiety’, ‘ADHD’ to ‘When a parent has mental illness’.

Mental Health Foundation
Dedicated to finding and addressing sources of mental health problems

Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practice skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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Eastbourne Volunteers, 1 The Labyrinth, 7 Mark Lane, Eastbourne, BN21 4RJ
Tel. 01323 381811


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