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Time to Talk Health - supporting people who live with a long-term health condition

 

Our service is available as usual during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are continuing to follow all Government 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? Time to Talk Health is a free talking therapies service that could help. 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 Time to Talk Health, 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.

We are not a crisis service. If you need urgent support, please either request an urgent appointment with your GP or contact:

  • Sussex Mental Healthline: 0800 0309 500 (24hrs)
  • The Samaritans: 116 123 (24hrs)
  • 111 and ask for crisis support
  • or your local A&E department
  • Stay Alive App 

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:
  • One-to-one weekly sessions by telephone, video or in person, adhering to social distancing measures at venues across West Sussex.

What our patients are saying

“Time to Talk Health 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.” – Time to Talk Health 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”. – Time to Talk Health 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 Time To Talk Health 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 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.

  • Contact Details:

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

  • Opening Hours:

    Our core therapy hours are Monday – Friday between 9am-5pm but please ask if you require appointments outside of these weekday times.  Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

  • How to find us:

    We deliver the Time to Talk Health service 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.

    Quick links

  • Directorate:
    Children’s and Specialist Services
  • Reference Directory ID:
    22972