Peer Support Service (East Sussex Community Network)
The Peer Support Service is provided by Peer Specialists, people with lived experience of mental health challenges, who can support you to take control of your mental health and stay well.
The service is part of a network of mental health recovery support, called the East Sussex Community Network (for more information download the leaflet below - translated versions are also available on our website here).
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Coronavirus Statement (11th January 2021)
To best protect our client and staff safety, we have changed the way we provide support in order to adhere to the Government’s advice on social distancing and infection control.
In place of building-based and face-to-face support, our primary form of support is currently via an online timetable, in place of the groups previously offered in our Wellbeing Centres. Phone support also remains available, to continue to support our clients with their recovery and wellbeing.
Last year, we resumed some face-to-face support with our clients where it was essential and in a socially-distanced safe way. Due to the increased risk of transmission from the new strain of Covid-19, we will continue to offer the majority of our support by telephone and online means as detailed above. Only when it is absolutely essential will we consider a face-to-face appointment and our Peer Support Specialists will discuss with clients individually if it is felt that their circumstances meet this criteria.
This is reviewed regularly in line with the Government Covid-safety guidance. As and when there are any changes to the support we provide, we will update this page.
In the meantime, if you have any urgent questions about your support, or have a new enquiry about our service, please contact us by phone or email using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
What support is available?
One to one support
Drawing on personal experiences of mental health challenges our Peer Support Specialists will work with you to support recovery and prevent crisis, enabling you to identify and maintain positive coping strategies and self-management tools.
Our trainer Peer Specialists will work with you for up to 6-8 sessions enabling you to identify goals and overcome challenges that will help you move forward in your recovery and maintain positive health and well-being. This includes managing your mental health, identifying your strengths and interests, connecting with the local community and exploring options such as volunteering, returning to work or other beneficial activities.
Drop in sessions (currently paused due to Coronavirus - see statement above)
Where can I access support?
Am I eligible and how do I apply?
The service is available for people aged 16+ living in East Sussex with mental health support needs. To apply, contact us on the details below. We accept self-referrals and referrals from organisations and providers on behalf of individuals.
Accredited Peer Mentoring Training
Do you have lived experience of mental health challenges?
If you are interested in Peer Support/Mentoring, we provide a OCN Level Two Award in Peer Mentoring. This qualification provides a deeper understanding of the role of a mentor and will provide you with the skills, knowledge, competency and confidence to mentor others using a recovery focused/peer support approach.
Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic and in line with the Governments guidance of social distancing and staying safe, current courses have been adapted to be delivered on-line. This will involve a combination of tutor led support and remote learning.
Application forms are avialble in the 'Downloads' section below. For futher information contact email@example.com