Mental health service open to self-referrals

A MENTAL health wellbeing service is changing the way it operates so that people here in 1066 Country can refer themselves to its advisers.

Health in Mind is a project run by the Turning Point charity and Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and tackles lower level mental health issues such as mood swings, anxiety and stress. At the moment most people who use it are referred by their GPs but now anyone concerned about their state of mind can get in touch and sign up for an assessment with one of the service’s qualified team. The idea is that early intervention can prevent smaller issues developing into fully-blown mental health problems.

Service manager Claire Jones said: “We all go through low points in our lives and it is not unusual to experience symptoms such as stress, anxiety and low mood. People shouldn’t be afraid to ask for a bit of extra support from time to time, which is why we are encouraging them to make the first step and self-refer.”

Anyone wanting to refer themselves can call 0300 003 0130 or e-mail healthinmind@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk to request a form.

For anyone who wants to find out more about the service, there will be a “Live well, be well” community event on Saturday April 2, from 2pm until 4pm in the Together Resource Centre, Stockleigh Road, St Leonards.