Work in Mind (East Sussex)

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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 (COVID-19) Statement

A message to our clients:

During these uncertain times we would like to reassure you that we are still operating and are here to support you.

“During these unprecedented and rapidly changing times, the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients and wider local communities, is at the very forefront of our plans to respond to the coronavirus public health major incident.” - Neil Blanchard, Chief Executive - Southdown

We will be adhering to the social distancing advice set out by the government. This means that we will be offering telephone support rather than face-to-face support until further notice.

If you are a current client of this service, your worker will be in touch with you by telephone in the next few days.

In the meantime, if you have any urgent questions about your support, or have a new enquiry about our service, please contact Byron Woods by calling 07825 253150 or emailing

Please visit the NHS website for the latest advice on what to do if you think you might be infected or at risk, and how you can prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Click here to read the latest message from Southdown’s Chief Executive.

We would like to wish you and your family well and we will update this page when our telephone support model changes.

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

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01323 340 151/ 07825 253 150