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NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression

Are you feeling sad, lost or anxious? At NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies (formerly Time to Talk), we offer a range of talking therapies that can help you feel better. Our friendly therapists can help you work through your problems and support you to live life to the fullest again.

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

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Who can sign up to NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies?

NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies is a free service that can help you feel better.

You can sign up for this service if:

  • You are registered with a GP surgery in West Sussex or are an out-of-area student
  • You are over 18

If you also have certain long-term health conditions, our long-term conditions team can offer you tailored support for your mental health. Visit the long term conditions page for more information.

For more information about who is eligible for our services, visit our where to find us page.

What do you offer?

We offer talking therapies and other services to help support your mental health. These include:

  • Guided Self Help
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Counselling

We also offer courses and workshops, employment support, self-help books on prescription and we can signpost you to other services. You can find out more over on our treatments page.

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.

Our services are available as usual. 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.

  • Service Location:
    • Adur
    • Arun
    • Bognor
    • Chanctonbury
    • Chichester
    • Crawley
    • Horsham
    • Worthing
    • Mid Sussex
  • How To Access:

    You can self-refer to NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies at any time, day or night. You don’t need to speak to your GP first.

    Self-refer now

    You can also self-refer over the phone between 8am to 4.45pm.  If you leave an answer phone message outside of working hours, we will aim to respond to you the next working day.

    The number you call depends on where you live.

    If you live in:

    • Adur, Arun, Chanctonbury or Worthing call 01903 703540
    • Bognor Regis, Chichester or the surrounding area call 01273 265967
    • Crawley, Horsham or Mid Sussex (Burgess Hill, East Grinstead or Hayward’s Heath) call 01403 620434

    GP referral

    Your GP can refer you to NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies with your consent. They can send a referral form with information you provide about your mental health. Speak to your GP if you would like to discuss accessing talking therapies with them first.

    What happens next?

    Once you’ve self-referred or your GP has referred you, one of our team will be in touch with you for an initial assessment.

    We’ll then work with you to decide the best sort of treatment for you. 

    This might look like:

    • Video-call sessions
    • Face-to-face sessions
    • Telephone sessions
    • Online workshops

    We’ll support you every step of the way, helping you to make the most out of your talking therapy.

  • Contact Details:

    Contact one of our teams by visiting our where to find us page.

  • Opening Hours:

    We have appointments and courses from 8am to 6.45pm. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4.45pm.


  • How to find us:

    We have a number of locations across West Sussex – find your nearest on our where to find us page.

  • More Information:

    Online mental health support

    Every Mind Matters - provides expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing and make them part of your daily routine.

    Centre for Clinical Interventions – includes psychological therapy resources and general information about various mental health problems, including techniques that focus on a cognitive behavioural approach (CBT) to managing difficulties.

    Living Life to the Full – You can access free online courses for managing your mood on Living Life to the Full. You can also find out more about CBT.

    Books on Prescription (Reading Well) - Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs. The books are available to borrow from your local library. Selected titles are also available to borrow as e-books and audiobooks. Visit your local library website to find out how to join the library and access books electronically.

    Self Help Guides produced by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS. Titles cover a range of mental health issues.

    Rethink Mental Illness A-Z - This index covers everything from different mental health conditions to treatment and support and information for carers 

    Other support resources

    West Sussex Wellbeing - A free, friendly and impartial service for anyone in West Sussex. You can find out more about local activities and support for a wide range of health and wellbeing issues.

    Mind – Mind is national mental health charity. Their website includes resources, information and online support for anyone to access.

  • Directorate:
    Children's and Specialist Services
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