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NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression in long-term health conditions


Our services are available as usual during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are following Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust guidelines and measures to ensure you are safe when receiving treatment. If you have any concerns about how Covid-19 may affect your treatment, get in touch.

Do you live with a long-term health condition? NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies for long-term health conditions (formally Time to Talk Health) is a free talking therapies service that could help. 

NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies is not a crisis service and we are not able to provide crisis support. If you are in crisis and need urgent support please contact one of the following services:

  • Sussex Mental Healthline: 0800 0309 500 (24hrs)
  • The Samaritans: 116 123 (24hrs)
  • 111 and ask for crisis support
  • Your local A&E department
  • Stay Alive App
  • Your GP and request an urgent appointment

We support adults in West Sussex to cope with one or more of the following diagnosed long-term health conditions:

  • A cardiac (heart) condition
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary (lung) Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes - Type 1 Type 2 or gestational
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Long Covid - ongoing symptoms for 12+ weeks
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions

At NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies for long-term health conditions, we know living with any of these conditions can be really difficult - you may become worried, anxious or low in mood, which can lead to even worsening health. Our friendly, qualified team of clinicians work with your physical health clinicians to help you if you’re struggling to adjust to a new diagnosis or experience problems coping as your condition progresses.

How will it benefit me?

Our clinicians can support you to:

  • Help you understand the impact of low mood or worries on your health and vice versa
  • Overcome your fears, anxieties or low mood related to living with a long-term health condition
  • Reduce the impact of your long-term condition on your day-to-day life and relationships
  • Make and sustain healthier lifestyle changes, no matter how big or small
  • Reduce the impact of your condition on your work life, including support from our specialist Employment Advisor

What therapy is available?

After your assessment, we will recommend next steps for you, either from the range of treatments we offer or another service.

We offer:

  • An online self-help programme supported by one of our clinicians
  • Group sessions by video including:
    • Building emotional resilience
    • Living with long Covid
    • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • One-to-one weekly sessions by telephone, video or in person, at venues across West Sussex.

Our partners

We partner with IESO, an online therapy provider. You may be referred to IESO after your initial assessment with NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies. IESO works via an easy to use platform which can be accessed using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Find out more in the video below.

Watch the animated video below which explains self-referral to talking therapies services for anxiety and depression.

What our patients are saying

“NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies and my allocated therapist was a life saver for me. My therapist was kind and supportive throughout. She helped me to recognise warning signs, not use avoidance and to work through my fear and panic.” – NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies patient

 “My therapist was great, I could not have picked a better match for me. My therapist made me feel like me again and I have not felt like that for such a long time. I now have the skills to live a better life. Thank you so much”. – NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies patient


  • Service Location:
    West Sussex
  • How To Access:

    You can ask your healthcare nurse, doctor or GP to refer you, or you can self-refer to NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies for long-term health conditions using the online referral.

    You can also ring us on 01273 666480 Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm.  If you leave an answer phone message outside of these hours, we will respond to you the next working day.

    You can also email us on: sc-tr.LTCreferrals@nhs.net

    Once you’ve referred, we will arrange a time to complete a telephone assessment with you. 

    Assessments usually take place Monday to Friday between 8am-3pm. Please allow yourself an hour in a confidential space to talk through what your needs are. In some circumstances, we can offer face-to-face assessments. Please ask if you have particular requirements regarding your assessment. 

  • Contact Details:

    Tel: 01273 666480
    Email: sc-tr.LTCreferrals@nhs.net

  • Opening Hours:

    We have appointments and courses from 8am to 6.45pm. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.


  • How to find us:

    We deliver the NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies service for long-term health conditions in venues across West Sussex. When you have your initial assessment, we will work with you to find the best location for you, or provide you with treatment you can access online or on the telephone.

  • More Information:

    Online mental health support

    • Living Well Programme is a free six-session self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition across West Sussex and is run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
    • Time to Talk offers a range of talking therapy treatments for adults with common mental health problems like anxiety and/or depression not impacting on the long term conditions listed above.
    • The wellbeing hubs is a free, friendly and impartial service which comes from your local authority, the NHS and other partners, where you can find out more about local activities and support services.
    • Mind in Brighton and Hove is a mental health charity offering some services in West Sussex, including participation services, peer mentoring and mental health advocacy (IMHA, Community and Children/Young Persons).

    Support for living with diabetes

    • Diabetes UK offers a range of online information, booklets to download, practical advice e.g. recipes, forums. There is a helpline staffed by trained counsellors, with knowledge of diabetes.

    Support for living with a heart condition

    • British Heart Foundation offers a range of information and booklets about heart conditions and living with heart conditions. There is a helpline staffed by Cardiac Nurses and Information Support Officers. There are also details of support groups.

    Support for living with COPD

    • British Lung Foundation offers information about lung conditions and living with lung conditions. There is a helpline available and details of local ‘Breathe Easy’ support groups.
    • COPDBreathe Easy support groups is run by members, encourages meeting others with COPD to share experiences and learn about living with the condition.  There are groups throughout the UK. 

    Support for living with IBS

    • IBS Group is an online community support group specifically for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome.  Support to learn ways to cope with condition.

    Support for living with Asthma

    • Asthma UK offers health advice and resources for those living with Asthma, including an Asthma Attack Risk Checker.

    Support for living with MSK pain

    • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy lists MSK issues by body part which links to advice, guidance and exercises for pain. These MSK self-management resources are supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

    Support for carers

    • Carers UK is a national charity for carers providing support and advice; has a helpline and online forum.
    • Carers Support West Sussex is a county-wide service offering practical advice, information and emotional support (including counselling, online and telephone support), support groups, social events and access to low cost activities. Details of specific support groups can be found via the website.

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    Children’s and Specialist Services
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