Local help available


Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Offers crisis care for people in urgent need of help with their mental health.

  • Sussex Mental Healthline is now available 24 hours, every day.
  • Psychological support is also being offered to people who have general concerns about their mental health.
  • Time to Talk: Free Talking Therapies service to help with anxiety and depression.
    • Services now being offered by phone, video and webinars.
    • The CBT waiting time is still long.
    • Referrals from GP’s by email or self-referrals online.



An alliance of organisations working across West Sussex to offer a single point of access for Mental Health services. Visit their website here.


Sussex Oakleaf / BHT Sussex

Free support for people with mental health needs, those with a personality disorder and individuals at risk of homelessness.

  • Offering assessments and referrals welcomed.
  • Up to 12 1:1 sessions over 3-6 months.
  • Services running online and by phone.
  • Groups are being held on Zoom.
  • Help desk open from 10:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday on 01273 645400.
  • Contact them on Website and Facebook.
  • Advice and information on Facebook.
  • Be OK : Free mental health support for people aged 16 to 25.
    • Accepting referrals.
    • Virtual youth group every other Thursday afternoon 14:00 to 16:00.
    • Facebook and Website for contacts.


YMCA DownsLink Group

Youth advice centre at Foyer, open to community as well as residents.

  • Any young person under 16 in need of mental health support, can be supported with referrals to our Mind The Gap service, YMCA Dialogue Counselling or Youth Emotional Support.
  • Mind the Gap – Looking to open up service to 11- 25 year olds.
  • e-wellbeing – A website for young people around their emotional health and wellbeing:
    • Online information
    • Signposting
    • Self-referral link.

Relate North & South West Sussex

Counselling and support on all aspects of relationships, for individuals, couples, families and children and young people aged 11 to 19.

  • Counselling continuing online and by telephone.  With all safeguards in place, some face to face counselling offered.
  • Also now available are one-off counselling sessions, for people who may be experiencing anxiety and stress due to the current situation.  Subsidies dependent on income are offered. 
  • For more information or to make an appointment call 07423 147915, Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00.

Capitol Project Trust

Mutual support to improve mental health and rebuild confidence and skills through training, involvement and volunteering.

  • interactive supportive service via telephone, text and email providing regular contact to members.
  • internal Facebook group to provide information and assist people to make informed decisions.
  • Fortnightly newsletter.
  • Contact by telephone on 01243 869662 to register for more information.


Mind in Brighton & Hove


Peer Mentoring in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex

They provide Volunteer Peer mentors who will meet with you weekly for 12 weeks. They have lived experience of mental health issues and can support you to:

  • Build on your recovery and help maintain your mental health
  • Feel less isolated
  • Develop new skills or start new social activities
  • Improve your confidence and realise your potential
  • Look at opportunities to be more involved in your community

To find out more, please contact: t: 01273 666950 e: info@mindcharity.co.uk or visit www.mindcharity.co.uk

Community Mental Health Advocacy

Our advocates can:

  • Help you to access services
  • Provide relevant information to help you consider your options
  • Help you to ask for changes to your care or treatment
  • Support you to prepare for meetings or appointments
  • Help you to tell people what you want or need

The contact details are : t: 01273 666950 e: info@mindcharity.co.uk or visit www.mindcharity.co.uk


Crawley Wellbeing

A public health funded council employed free service, that supports the health and wellbeing of those who live and/or work in Crawley. Advice and support on how to make small changes to improve health and wellbeing.

  • Referrals possible by phone or email.
  • Telephone, email and online consultation service to support clients in a wide range of areas, including: weight management | exercise/ physical activity | nutrition | smoking cessation | alcohol reduction | sleep | low level mental health | general wellbeing
  • Find out what is being offered on their Facebook page and website.


Carers Support West Sussex

Carers Support West Sussex is a local charity working with and for family and friend carers. Their vision is to bring the day forward when family and friend carers are seen, heard, and included. They run Support Groups, a Carer Response Line, help carers access equipment to assist them in their caring role or provide funds so that carers can do something for themselves.

Get in touch on 0300 028 8888, email info@carerssupport.org.uk or visit www.carerssupport.org.uk to find out more.



Safe in Sussex


Domestic violence service for West Sussex. Get help from there here.

  • Freedom programme
    • childhood experiences support
    • 5 online groups
  • Outreach – starting a helpline as cannot go into the community.


Autism Support Crawley

Support group for and by parents and carers of children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum or with other social communication difficulties.

  • Dedicated volunteers are using their Facebook page to provide support and signposting.
  • More information on their website.


Sussex Recovery College

Free educational courses that focus on mental health and recovery

  • Moving activity online.
  • Courses will be open to all and enrolment via website.


Rethink Asian Mental Health Helpline

Helpline providing confidential, emotional support and information in Asian languages for anyone affected by mental health issues.

  • Service still available via single phone line.
  • Free call number and opening times are given on the Rethink website


Streetlight UK

Specialised support service for women involved in prostitution across Sussex, Surrey and London.

  • Sussex and Surrey teams continue to support women involved in prostitution by providing self-care kits, online outreach, and 1-2-1 support.
  • Contact them online here


Online National Resources


Details of national mental health charities and support groups.


NHSMental health and wellbeing

Information, support and self-help with stress, anxiety or depression, including:


NHS – Every Mind matters

Coronavirus and wellbeing

Lots of tips, links and videos including:

  • Getting urgent support
  • 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
  • Looking after children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak
  • 7 simple tips to tackle working from home
  • Mental wellbeing while staying at home


Mental Health Foundation

How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Includes tips and information in connection with:

  • Saying at home
  • Loneliness
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Working



Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Information to help you cope if:

  • you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
  • you’re staying at home and avoiding public places
  • you are self-isolating



Supporting those living with an eating disorder and their loved ones through

  • a Helpline now available from 09:00 – 20:00 every weekday
  • Solace online peer support group
  • Raising Resilience weekly online workshops for family and friends – for more information, email or call on 01925 912806
  • Nexus telephone support service for parents, siblings, partners, and others caring for a loved one who has an eating disorder.



How to be happier while working from home

Simple steps that can be taken to help making having to work from home less stressful and more enjoyable.

Dorset Recovery Education

A range of online media where the Dorset Recovery Education Centre (REC) and Discovery Project share resources around mental health, wellbeing and recovery:

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