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 Lewes, Hastings & St Leonards and Eastbourne Wellbeing Centres.

Coronavirus Statement (13 July 2020)

To best protect the safety of our clients 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 clients over the phone and through online means.

As transmission of the virus has started to reduce and lockdown measures have been lifted, alongside our commissioner, we are now starting to plan how we could resume some level of face-to-face support for our clients.

Using covid-safety guidance, we are currently risk-assessing two of our Wellbeing Centres (Eastbourne and Hastings/ St Leonards) to explore how they can be used in a socially-distanced safe way. 

The next phase of this transitional process will see a reduced staff team starting to work from the Centres and once safe to do so, they will begin offer a limited amount of 1-2-1 face-to-face appointments for new Thinking Well clients. Regrettably, while social distancing measures remain in place, will not be in a position to deliver group work from the centres as they partially re-open, however will be continuing to offer remote 1-2-1 and group support for new and existing clients of the service.

In addition, alongside work on our buildings, we are talking to our clients and teams to ensure their needs, safety and wellbeing are prioritised.  

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 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