Health in Mind is a free NHS service for anyone in East Sussex aged 18+ who is experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties such as stress, anxiety or depression.
You can refer yourself directly to them by using their online self-referral form.
You may also wish to contact them on:
At Foundry we understand the importance of prioritising the Mental Health & Wellbeing needs of our Patients.
Our Wellbeing Team, made up of Social Prescribers, Mental Health Practitioners and Support Coordinators work together to triage / assess patients presenting with mental health problems. Ensuring the best member of the team is allocated to help.
Foundry offer a drop-in session for Young People aged 11 - 18years.
Every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm at Foundry: St Andrew's, Southover Road, East Sussex, Lewes, BN7 1US*
*Sign in with the reception staff upon arrival
(note: we now offer pre-booked appointments during this session, just call 01273 480888 and speak to a member of the reception team)
The session provides:
A meeting with a qualified Health & Wellbeing Youth Worker
A chance to talk, in confidence, about the main issues affecting you
An opportunity to get some immediate advice and guidance including;
•Signposting to organisations that can support (Including online resources)
•Referral to other specialised organisations/services
This session is staffed by a qualified Health & Wellbeing Youth Worker provided by the Young People's Centre (Impact Initiatives)
Men's sheds (or Sheds) are similar to garden sheds - A place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making & mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men's Sheds are the opposite. They are about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.
Come to Lewes' Men's Shed, have a cuppa, biscuit and meet everyone.
When and where?
• Every Monday from 10am to 2pm & Wednesday from 12pm to 3pm at Waterside Centre, 1st Floor, North Street, Lewes, BN7 2PE
We have two Mental Health Support Coordinators working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, based at our St Andrew's practice site. Employed by Southdown Mental Health, they offer non-clinical mental health support to our patients.
✔ Improve your mental wellbeing
✔ Feel more in control of your mental health
✔ Become more connected with others
✔ Think about your options
✔ Gain confidence in your day-to-day life
✔ Build your self-esteem
✔ Arranging the best way to communicate; either face-to-face in the GP practice, or by phone or video call appointments
✔ Providing time and a confidential* space to discuss what you feel is affecting your mental health
✔ Providing short-term support, starting with an initial meeting to establish your needs and goals
✔ Understanding and discussing how wider social and other problems can contribute to your mental health challenges, e.g. social isolation, finances, housing and work-related stress
✔ Assisting with referrals (with your permission), to community services specific to your personal needs, including therapy and counselling options
✔ Linking you to a clinical Mental Health Practitioner in your GP practice (if appropriate)
✔ Exploring other non-medical options
• Advise or prescribe medications (however, they can support you to book a GP appointment)
• Work with anyone currently in crisis but can refer back to the clinical team
• Diagnose mental health conditions
• Provide counselling or therapy services
Referral via a GP or Practice Nurse
Patients whom have a diagnosis of a severe mental illness (SMI) will be invited to have an annual physical and mental health check with our GP's and nurses. SMI conditions include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and history of psychosis.
We know that prevention and early identification can significantly reduce the likelihood, seriousness and impact of health conditions.
We also know that people living with SMI are:
• At greater risk of physical ill health
• More likely to develop preventable conditions like diabetes, heart disease, breathing conditions and some cancers
The appointment is an opportunity to raise any health concerns you may have. It will include:
Measurements and screening of things like your weight, risk of diabetes and your heart health, and the impact of these on your life.
Discussions around your lifestyle, such as your activity levels, the foods you usually eat, if you smoke, and your alcohol intake.
Checking you have access to routine screening programmes, which monitor your health and find problems earlier.
Discussing how you might improve your health, including supporting you to access services which could help you identify and meet your health goals.
Asking how you are doing and what else you might need.
All elements of the health check are optional and you can ask questions on the day.
If you want to, please feel free to bring someone with you to the appointment.
Many things affect your health and wellbeing. From feeling isolated or lonely, stressed by work, money and housing problems. Sometimes it's the stress of managing long term conditions.
That's where Social Prescribing comes in and it starts with a conversation. It might be a conversation you've just had with your doctor, or with another person in the practice.
e team. They will refer you to a social prescribing link worker.
The Social Prescriber is there to listen to you, and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you feel better.
They might introduce you to a community group, a new activity or a local club. Or they might help you find legal advice or debt counselling. They might just help you find information and guidance: a bit of inside knowledge on your situation or what local resources there are. They could even support you to create something new such as a gardening club, a fishing group, a ‘men’s shed’ or knit and natter group.
Social prescribing can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.
Studies show that people get better and feel better faster than those treated with medicine alone. And because it works, it’s happening more and more.
For more information about social prescribing visit england.nhs.uk
Loneliness and isolation are known contributors to poor mental health.
Foundry have introduced the following social groups for patients to attend, creating opportunities to meet new people, stay active and learn new skills.
Come along for a chat with people of all ages, in a nice relaxed atmosphere where you can make new friends, find others who have similar interests, or just sit and relax.
• Every Monday & Thursday from 10am to 12pm at St Mary's Church, Church Room, Church Hill, Ringmer
• Every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm at The Dorset Pub, Lewes
£1 per session contribution towards drinks and breakfast items.
If you require any further information please call Julie 07429 345490
Here we have gathered a selection of useful links to Mental Health and Wellbeing services, both local and national, that you may find useful in offering you personalised advice and guidance.
• East Sussex County Council to search through a range of local mental health support services and organisations
• NHS Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust to search for advice on a wide range of mental health conditions, including the symptoms you may be experiencing and where to get support.
• East Sussex Community Information Service to search for a variety of local events, groups and support services.