Mental Health and Wellbeing

Need Help Now?

24/7 Telephone Mental Health Support:

Call NHS 111 Option 2 for Mental Health Available 24/7 to anyone, of any age, registered with a GP in Sussex. Offering assessment, treatment & advice.

Samaritans on (Freephone) 116 123

Text the word SUSSEX to 85258 to access this free, confidential, 24/7 service to have a conversation with a trained volunteer. The volunteers offer real-time support to people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and need immediate support.

•  Visit a Staying Well service (available in Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing, evenings and weekends). Find your local Staying Well service.

Local NHS Mental Health Service

Health in Mind: East Sussex

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:

T: 03000 030 130


Mental Health and Wellbeing support at Foundry

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.


Donna Tookey

Social Prescriber (Adults under 65 years)
I am Foundry's Social Prescriber for ages 22-64 years. I work with patients who have social isolation, debt, addictions, housing issues, as well as those who need support and advice on healthy lifestyles, sleep, diet etc. I am able to signpost to local support groups and give one to one appointments.

Claudette Lovett

Social Prescriber Children and Young People
I’m a Social Prescriber for Children and Young People, employed by Foundry. I can work with 9-22 year olds, covering a range of support needs including mental health and anxiety signposting, support with ASD/ADHD forms, accessing groups and activities in the local area, support with healthy minds and lifestyles.

Maria Graves

Social Prescriber (Adults 65 years+)
I am an Age UK Social Prescriber working in conjunction with Foundry. As a Social Prescriber I offer non-medical support and advice to older people and their carers. I can advise on a range of services, support and activities available in the local area, such as befriending services for those with social Isolation.

Amy Perkins

Health & Wellbeing Advisor
My role is to support patients on the Severe Mental Illness (SMI) register to explore outcomes following on from their physical health check. I help them to explore services, groups and activities that can support them to improve their health and wellbeing.

Emily Pearson

Health & Wellbeing Youth Worker (11-18years)
I am a qualified Health & Wellbeing Youth Worker provided by Impact Initiatives. I run the Health & Wellbeing drop-in session for Young People (11-18), every Thursday / 4pm -6pm at Foundry: St Andrew's, offering self help advice, a chance to talk in confidence, signposting and referral to specialist support services.


Social Prescriber (Adults 65 years+)
I am an Age UK Social Prescriber working in conjunction with Foundry. As a Social Prescriber I offer non-medical support and advice to older people and their carers. I can advise on a range of services, support and activities available in the local area, such as befriending services for those with social Isolation.

Sally Welch & Sarah Burlumi

Mental Health Support Coordinators
We're Mental Health Support Coordinator offering non-clinical support within your GP practice. Working with you, we can support you to improve your mental wellbeing, feel more in control of your mental health, become more connected with others and build your self-esteem.

Debbie Garwood

Mental Health Practitioner
I am a Mental Health Nurse who works as part of the Emotional Wellbeing Service at Foundry. I can provide up to 6 sessions for patients experiencing mental health difficulties who are not currently receiving support from other mental health support services.


Mental Health Care Coordinator
Care Coordinators help to co-ordinate and navigate care across the health and care system, helping people make the right connections, with the right teams at the right time. They can support people to become more active in their own health & care and are skilled in assessing people’s changing needs.

Call 01273 480888 or Submit a request online via Anima

to receive help and support from our Mental Health & Wellbeing Team

What we offer to support our Patients

Health and Wellbeing Support for Young People

Health and Wellbeing Drop-In Session for Young People

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;

•Self-help advice
•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)

Lewes Men's Shed

Lewes Men's Shed

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

Any questions then simply pop along for a chat. Alternatively you can visit their website, or email,

Mental Health Support Coordinators

Mental Health Support Coordination

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.

They can support you to:

✔ 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

They can support you by:

✔ 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

They are Not able to:

• 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

SMI Health Checks

SMI Annual Physical Health Check

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.

Why it is important to attend?

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

What will the health check involve?

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.

Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

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 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

Social Groups

Social Groups

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

Swims for Wellbeing

Swims for Wellbeing

This collaborative project offers Foundry Patients the opportunity to access outdoor swimming sessions at Pells Pool, Lewes. Find out more about this initiative here.

For referral information contact us on 01273 480888.


Information and support for you

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.

Local Services

A listing of local organisations, offering advice and support, incl. self referral into free and low cost counselling services

Digital Self Help

Immediate access options to mental health support services online

Suicide Prevention

Help and Support for people with thoughts of suicide and for those concerned about someone else

Bereavement & Loss

Support and advice for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one

New Parents

Services and advice for managing your mental health as a new or expecting parent

Young People

Emotional and mental wellbeing support and advice for young people

Older People

Mental health support and advice for older people


Wellbeing support services for members of the LGBTQ+ Communities


Support and advice services for those with ADHD and Autism

Eating Disorders

Advice and Support for those struggling with a eating disorder

Health & Lifestyle

Health and Lifestyle guidance that supports good mental health
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Support and advise for those struggling with an addiction

Further Advice and Guidance


•  East Sussex County Council: Mental Health Services and Support to search through a range of local mental health support services and organisations.

•  East Sussex County Council: Family Hub to find information and support for families with children aged 0-19.

•  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.

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