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:
NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies is a free service that can help you feel better.
You can sign up for this service if:
For more information about who is eligible for our services, visit our where to find us page.
We offer talking therapies and other services to help support your mental health. These include:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
We’ll support you every step of the way, helping you to make the most out of your talking therapy.
Contact one of our teams by visiting our where to find us page.
We have appointments and courses from 8am to 6.45pm. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4.45pm.
We have a number of locations across West Sussex – find your nearest on our where to find us page.
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.