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West Sussex residents with anxiety and depression can now contact Time to Talk directly
05 May 2015

People living across West Sussex who experience anxiety and depression can now contact a local NHS support service – Time to Talk - directly.

Sussex Community NHS Trust’s Time to Talk service is friendly and approachable, 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.

Until now access to the service needed a referral from your GP but people living across West Sussex can now contact the service directly by simply phoning their local Time to Talk team.

  • In Adur, Arun, Worthing and Chanctonbury on 01903 703542.
  • In Bognor, Chichester and surrounding area on 01243 812537.
  • In Crawley and Horsham on 01403 227048.

There is already an existing service In Mid Sussex which can be contacted on 01444251084.

Ed Brennan, Sussex Community NHS Trust’s general manager, Time to Talk, said: “We are passionate about offering treatments for people who may be reluctant to visit their GP and seek advice and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to contact Time to Talk directly.

“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.”

Dr Ali Parish, West Sussex-based GP, said: “I’m delighted that Time to Talk is making its service more accessible. I’ve seen people really turn their lives around after years of struggling thanks to this fantastic service.

“The sad thing is some people never pluck up the courage to visit their GP, so this new option, in addition to the GP referral route, is a very positive move.”

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

For more information on Time to Talk visit: http://www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/t2t