Support for anxiety and depression now more accessible for people living in West Sussex
01 February 2017

Support for anxiety and depression now more accessible for people living in West Sussex

People living in West Sussex who experience anxiety and depression can now make a self-referral online to access support from our Time to Talk service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).

Time to Talk is a friendly and approachable service offering talking therapies for people who are struggling with psychological issues such as stress, worry and depression. It is part of a national initiative to bring psychological therapies closer to where people live.

People have been able to self-refer to the service since 2015 by making a phone call to their local Time to Talk team. However, some people including men, young adults and people from black, ethnic and minority groups, can find it hard to make that initial contact by phone, and have said that they would feel more comfortable communicating to a health professional online.

Ed Brennan, General Manager, Time to Talk, said: “We are passionate about offering treatments for people who may be reluctant to visit their GP or speak to a member of our team to seek advice. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to self-refer to our Time to Talk service. By offering people the opportunity to now self-refer online, via the service’s website: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/ttt, we hope that may more people will make initial contact with us and get access to the professional support they need. If you are struggling and need our support, we’d urge you to get in touch with our team of therapists so that we can help you move forward with your life as soon as possible.”

Time to Talk offers a range of support including guided self-help via the phone, face-to-face and now online. They also offer group courses, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and counselling.

To make a self-referral:

  • Online: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/ttt
  • Call your local team:
    • Bognor Regis and Chichester area – 01273 265967
    • Crawley and Horsham area – 01293 843300 or 01403 227048
    • Mid Sussex area – 01444 251084
    • Worthing, Lancing and Shoreham – 01903 703540

See the service video online: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/ttt.