Work in Mind (East Sussex)
Work in Mind is a free service that provides tailored employment support to help people with mental health challenges secure or retain work.
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 follows the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model and is identified as an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.
What does the service provide?
We provide one to one support to help you:
- secure or retain paid work, part or full time
- secure voluntary work and work experience as a stepping-stone to achieving paid employment
- progress education, qualifications and courses
- address barriers that are preventing you from accessing work
- develop skills to improve your confidence and self-esteem
- improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing
How does the service work?
An Employment Specialist will work with you to identify what your vocational goals are. They will then develop an action plan to help you to achieve them as well as address any barriers that are preventing you from accessing work. Practical support includes help with applying for jobs, writing CVs and preparing for interviews.
If you are already in employment and would like support to retain your job, an Employment Specialist will work with you and your employer to explore challenges you are facing and to consider what options are available.
"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.