Work in Mind (East Sussex)
About the service
Work in Mind is a free service providing employment-related support for adults accessing East Sussex Health in Mind’s mental health services.
Our Employment Specialists provide tailored support and guidance to help you progress towards your work aspirations and overcome any barriers you are facing.
The service works in partnership with East Sussex Health in Mind so that we can offer people accessing psychological therapies the opportunity to receive specialist employment support at the same time.
Work in Mind is identified as an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.
Coronavirus Statement (19th July 2021 - Step 4 update)
At Southdown, we’re heeding the advice to proceed with caution and there will be no changes to our office and community work arrangements across the organisation until September at the earliest. This includes the continuation of social distancing and wearing of face coverings for staff and clients. Staff will also continue to take Lateral Flow Tests prior to attending one of our buildings or conducting any in-person work.
We have resumed in person support and are meeting clients outside, or inside Covid safe venues (in certain circumstances). We are also continuing to offer phone support where this is appropriate.
Clients will be contacted prior to support to ask a few COVID safety questions in order to keep both our clients and staff safe.
In accordance with Southdown requirements detailed above, staff will be taking Lateral Flow Tests prior to all in person appointments.
What does the service provide?
We provide one to one support to help you:
- Secure or retain paid work
- Secure voluntary work and work experience as a stepping-stone to achieving paid employment
- Explore education, qualifications and courses
How does the service work?
We will discuss with you what your employment-related needs are and support you to achieve your goals.
Where possible, we will provide support in line with your time spent with Health in Mind services.
"My course of therapy finished a week early as I have made such strides in rebuilding who I am. I am still engaged with Work In Mind, on a weekly basis, and my adviser is simply fantastic at what she does! I've had jobs brought to mind which I wouldn't have considered and the little nudges and encouragements have kept my motivation high, resulting in a record week of six job interviews, and two promising leads." - Client of the service.
Am I eligible?
The service is for adults living in East Sussex who are experiencing common mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depression, and are accessing Health in Mind services.
How do I apply?
We accept referrals from Health in Mind teams only. Please speak to your Health in Mind practitioner or clinician who can refer you directly to us.
For more information about Health in Mind’s free courses and therapy to help with stress, anxiety and low mood visit www.healthinmind.org.uk.