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Time To Talk – talking therapies service in West Sussex

Time to Talk is an NHS service offering free, confidential talking therapy to adults registered with a GP in West Sussex.

If you’re feeling low, anxious or worried, talking therapies can really help you. Time to Talk can also help people with depression, phobias, social anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorders, health anxiety, low self-esteem or low confidence, relationship difficulties and bereavements. Talking therapies are available in person, on the phone and via video call.

How can I access the service?

You can self-refer to Time to Talk – you don’t need to speak to your GP first. If you would rather speak to your GP first, they can refer you with your permission. You can self-refer by phone, or you can complete an online self-referral form. Visit the Time to Talk website to find out more about how to contact them. Once you’ve self-referred or your GP has referred you, one of the Time to Talk team will be in touch with you for an initial assessment.

More information

More information can be found on the Time to Talk website. There are also useful links to online self-help resources.

The Time to Talk service is provided by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.



Many young people suffer with mental health problems and often find it hard to know where to go for help. If you are feeling low, anxious or feel you are not coping then book an appointment with a Doctor. We can help!

The links below are specially designed for young people who need help with their emotional wellbeing. DocReady is a website that can help you prepare for seeing a doctor about your mental health.

Looking after your mental health

It’s OK not to be OK
Click here for Information and resources for children and young people.

Looking after your childs mental health

Click here for Information and resources for parents and carers


The team at e-wellbeing has gathered resources cocreated with young people, to provide support during the holidays.

  • e-wellbeing’s COVID-19 module – A youth-friendly practical guide on COVID-19, with tips to help young people’s emotional health and wellbeing during the pandemic. Click on this link to access the module on e-wellbeing’s website:
  • Crisis Support – The festive season is not always a celebratory occasion and can have an impact on mental health. If you, or a young person you are supporting needs support over the holidays, e-wellbeing has listed some services you may like to refer to. Please follow this link:
  • Suicide Awareness Guide – We have a new interactive and informative guide for young people experiencing suicidal thoughts. This includes links to a wide range of services across Sussex and can be accessed by young people, and/or parents, carers, or professionals. Click here to access the guide:
  • Getting Ready for Therapy Video – With many services moving to online delivery formats, we consulted with YMCA Dialogue Counsellors, and e-wellbeing’s participation group to cocreate an animated video guide for young people accessing therapy online for the first time. Click here to watch the video guide:

Parenting Support Service at West Sussex Mind


– One-to-one telephone support before joining. 

– Fortnightly online peer support meetings for parents/carers (To start mid Jan)

– Talks by ‘Experts by Experience’.  

– Closed Facebook group 

– Casual Virtual Coffee mornings 

– Signposting as appropriate.  


External referrals through Help Point – 0300 303 5652 (Mon to Fri, 10am to 4pm) or email


An overview of free for learners online courses via Recovery College for Feb/March start.

Do I need to have a mental health issue to attend the college?

You need to have a mental health issue or be a relative, friend or carer of someone with mental health issues or be a member of staff of one of the partner organisations. Currently the college is free to people with moderate to severe mental health challenges, their supporters (relatives, friends and carers) and staff.


West Sussex Mind – Support for young people, 16-25

Free support for people aged 16 to 25. If you are a young person and looking for help with your mental health, we have dedicated youth workers who can help.

West Sussex Mind

West Sussex Mind – Support for Young People

A fantastic website with lots of videos and information about mental health.

Use this website to find local services in the Shoreham area. You can contact Youth Emotional Support (YES) via this link!

Free confidential Online counselling for young people


2 brilliant ‘mindfulness’ websites with cool videos to help with stress, anxiety and low mood

A website for anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food

2 websites to help young people who have lost a loved one.

Counselling service for children and young people 
If you need to talk, about any problem, Childline and Samaritans are always available 
A helpful website for preparing to see the doctor

ESTEEM offers young people aged 14-26 the chance to take part in volunteering opportunities, 1:1 career mentoring and personal development projects.