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Mental Health Support

One in four people in the UK experiencing mental health challenges each year and those that don’t most likely knowing somebody who has.

Our services are holistic, person-centred and recovery-focused. This means that we work with you to tailor support to enable you to manage your mental health as well as address other issues that are impacting on your happiness and wellbeing. To help develop our services to be the best they can be, we involve people with experience of mental health challenges, whose insights and expertise are invaluable.

Employment Support

Unemployment can have a major impact on mental wellbeing and physical health. It can cause depression, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem. Finding or returning to work can reverse the adverse health effects of unemployment as well as help to escape poverty.

If you are unemployed and have mental health challenges, we can help you overcome barriers that are preventing you from accessing work and secure or retain employment that suits your needs.

We provide a range of services that provide support through an approach called Individual Placement and Support (IPS), recognised as best practice by the Centre for Mental Health.

To ensure our support is joined-up, we work in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health clinical teams. We also work with local Job Centres and employers to increase opportunities for people with mental health challenges to secure and retain employment.


All our services are free and available for adults aged 18 and over. Please note: eligibility and access to our services varies depending on how support has been commissioned. More information is available within each service page below.

Useful resources

There is a wide range of support available across Sussex from a variety of providers, including Southdown. The East Sussex Mental Health Directory of Community Support, West Sussex Pathfinder and UOK Brighton & Hove are useful websites that signpost to mental health support available.

Mental Health and Employment Support services

Selected Stories

"They saved my life"

A client shares their story about receiving Employment Support and accessing our Wellbeing Centres and Staying Well service.

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"Coming here has made me feel I’m somebody"

Meet one of our clients from Preston Park Recovery Centre in Brighton and Hove.

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"Work is part of recovery"

One of our clients tells us how our Supported Employment service has had a positive impact on her life and wellbeing.