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Service Type: Mental Health and Employment Support
Service Location: Sussex

Work and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Work and Wellbeing Team - General enquiries

workandwellbeing@southdown.org

01323 340 156

About the service

Being in work can help maintain good mental health. It gives us a purpose, promotes independence and can improve the way we feel about ourselves. Our Employment Specialists will work with you to help you secure or retain a job that is right for you.

The Work and Wellbeing service provides specialist employment support for people living with mental health challenges across Sussex. We will not only support you to achieve your vocational aspirations but also explore other issues that are affecting your ability to secure or sustain employment.

Provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the service is part of Brighton and Hove’s UOK Brighton & Hove network of mental health support and the West Sussex Pathfinder.

What to expect

You will receive one to one support from an Employment Specialist to create a ‘journey to work plan’ tailored to your needs and interests. This is followed by a rapid job search, support throughout the recruitment process and, once in work, time-unlimited support for both you and your employer.

Am I eligible?

Support is available for adults aged 16+ living in Sussex who are using a mental health service and are motivated about exploring their work and/or learning goals. We also offer a specialist service for young people who are accessing services from NHS Early Intervention Teams.

How do I apply?

  • In Brighton and Hove, we accept referrals from NHS Mental Health Teams or via UOK Brighton & Hove Central Access Point.
  • In West Sussex, we accept referrals from NHS Mental Health Teams working in the area
  • In East Sussex, we accept referrals from individuals (download a self-referral form at the bottom of this page) and NHS Mental Health Teams working in the area

To make a referral, please download and complete the referral form at the bottom of this page and email this to workandwellbeing@southdown.org. You can also contact us on this email address with any general enquiries, or call us on 01323 340 156.

For any area-specific enquiries, please contact one of the following Team Managers:

Brighton & Hove
Paul Turk
Tel: 07805 811 186
Email: paul.turk@southdown.org

East Sussex
Sam Ewing
Tel: 07964 113757
Email: sam.ewing@southdown.org

West Sussex
Becky Burge
Tel: 07896 923266
Email: becky.burge@southdown.org