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 (11th January 2021)

To best protect our members’ 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 a Virtual Groups timetable that replicates a similar group structure to the one previously offered on site. Phone support also remains available as a form of additional support, on each member’s clinical day and Fridays.

The three Southdown Wellbeing Centres that we operate from (Eastbourne, Bexhill and Lewes) have been risk-assessed using Covid-safety guidance for 2:1 face-to-face support. However, due to the recent tightening of restrictions again, at this present time we are only able to provide a remote service to our membership and no face-to-face sessions.

Our Virtual Groups timetable includes a Behavioural Activation workshop throughout the beginning of the year, with the aim of supporting members to develop and maintain a healthy routine and structure. This will later transition into a Graded Exposure workshop to support members to consider what they need to safely adapt back to face-to-face working and activities when this becomes possible. A community group focused on connection will be running on Wednesday’s until outdoor groups can be safely offered. The Recovery Support Group will continue to run every Monday afternoon.

We have kept in touch with our members to ensure their needs, safety and wellbeing are prioritised.

We hope to return to face to face groups and support sessions when government guidelines allow. As and when there are any further changes to the support we provide, we will update this page.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about your support, or have a new enquiry about our service, please give us a call.

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