Thinking Well (East Sussex Community Network)

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Thinking Well is a dedicated service for people with Personality Disorder.

Provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, it 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 available on our website here). 

What support is available?

The service offers drop-in, social and clinical sessions to help you self-manage your condition and avoid crisis. 

Support is provided at our Bexhill, Eastbourne and Lewes Wellbeing Centres.

Coronavirus Statement (25th September 2020)

To best protect the safety of our members and staff, we changed the way support was provided by our Thinking Well service from March so we could adhere to the Government’s advice on social distancing and infection control.

In place of building-based and face-to-face support, over the past few months, our teams have been supporting members over the phone and through online means.

Alongside our commissioner, we have been planning how we can resume some level of face-to-face support for our clients whilst balancing the needs, safety and wellbeing of our members and staff team.

Following Covid-safety guidance, we are in the process of risk-assessing the three Southdown Wellbeing Centres that we operate from (Eastbourne, Bexhill and Lewes) to ensure they can initially be used by staff in a socially-distanced safe way. We are pleased to say that, having put in place strict measures to minimise risk, some staff are now able to start working from certain Centres again.

We are currently evaluating whether some 2:1 support can take place on site at our Centres and are having ongoing discussions with our members about this. In addition, we are exploring the viability for offering outdoor light community groups focused around connection.   

In the meantime, we are continuing to offer a virtual timetable and are offering new groups to support members to maintain wellbeing during this difficult time. The timetable includes a Service User Network group starting at the end of September, and a Homework Club group every week for recovery skills reinforcement.

Whilst our current primary offer is the virtual groups, we are also offering phone support to members on their clinical days and Fridays.

As and when there are any changes to the support we are able to 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 Nathan Hayes by calling 07772 613938 or emailing nathan.hayes@southdown.org

Am I eligible?

The service is for people (aged 16+) with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder living in East Sussex.   

How do I apply?

Due to strictly limited spaces at the service, referrals are made through the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust only. Referrers from the Trust will be contacted when referrals to the service can be made.

You can also access recovery-focussed support at our Wellbeing Centres.

For more information please get in touch using the contact details below.

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Contact Details

Name: 
Nathan Hayes
Job Title: 
Project Coordinator for Thinking Well
Telephone: 
01323 405 344