Additional support for people needing urgent help with their mental health

People across Sussex struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are being offered additional telephone and crisis support to help them cope.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has expanded the Sussex Mental Healthline - 0300 5000 101 - to provide a 24/7 service to people needing urgent help with their mental health. 

As well as crisis support it will provide psychological support to people who have general concerns about their mental health. 

Registered clinicians are at the other end of the freephone number to provide help, support and advice to anyone who needs it, at any time of the day or night, regardless of their age or where they live in the county.

The team at the Sussex Mental Healthline can offer advice and support to callers who are experiencing a crisis in their mental health, and if needed they can refer them to one of five newly created urgent help hubs for assessment and treatment. 

Dr Rick Fraser, Chief Medical Officer at Sussex Partnership, said: “We know that the coronavirus outbreak is affecting people in different ways, and it is important that anyone experiencing a crisis in their mental health knows where to turn for help.

"We've increased the number of specially trained mental health staff available to take calls on the Sussex Mental Healthline. If you have any concerns about your mental health, or that of a friend or loved one, you can call and ask for help and advice at any time of the day or night. And if additional care and treatment is needed the team can refer you on for urgent help. 

"We hope that offering this additional support through the Sussex Mental Healthline will help people experiencing a mental health crisis access the help that they need at the right time, and that we can help to alleviate some of the pressure on other local health and care services as we all respond to keep patients safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

General advice about how to manage your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak is available at www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/coronavirus as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

The Sussex Mental Healthline can be reached on 0300 5000 101.