Self-help and Wellbeing

Emotional support for refugees

You will have suffered significant loss and you may be struggling to adapt to your move.

You may have suffered physical injuries and been through difficult and traumatic experiences. It is completely understandable that you may be feeling low, anxious or emotional. 

For information to help you understand what you might be struggling with and how you can access our National Health Service (NHS) for help, please visit


NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies

NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies is an NHS service offering free, confidential talking therapy to adults registered with a GP in West Sussex.

If you’re feeling low, anxious or worried, talking therapies can really help you. Time to Talk can also help people with depression, phobias, social anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorders, health anxiety, low self-esteem or low confidence, relationship difficulties and bereavements. Talking therapies are available in person, on the phone and via video call.

How can I access the service?

You can self-refer to NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies – you don’t need to speak to your GP first. If you would rather speak to your GP first, they can refer you with your permission. You can self-refer by phone, or you can complete an online self-referral form. Visit the NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies website to find out more about how to contact them. Once you’ve self-referred or your GP has referred you, one of the Time to Talk team will be in touch with you for an initial assessment.

More information

More information can be found on the NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies website. There are also useful links to online self-help resources.

The Time to Talk service is provided by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Chathealth for young people

ChatHealth is a secure and confidential text messaging service for young people, aged 11-19. It provides an easy and anonymous access with a healthcare professional for advice and support.

The service provides information about sensitive issues on:

  • stress and anxiety
  • bullying
  • self-harm
  • alcohol and drugs
  • sex, contraception and relationships
  • sensitive issues
  • any other health matters you are concerned about

Texts will be responded to by the school nursing team within one working day.

The service also provides more information about accessing other local services including getting help with emotional health, weight management and healthy relationships.

For more information click on this link.

Staying Well Crawley

If you’re struggling with your mental health and need support outside normal working hours, Staying Well, Crawley is here for you. Get help and advice from professionals in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment. They also provide support for carers, who may need support with their own mental wellbeing due to the pressure of caring for someone with episodes of mental ill-health.

Click here for more information.

Pathfinder - West Sussex

Pathfinder West Sussex is an alliance of organisations working together to enable people with mental health support needs, and their carers, to improve their mental health and wellbeing. 

Pathfinder offers: 

  • A single point of access to mental health and wellbeing support.
  • A range of services to support people with their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Advice, information and signposting, including clear information about what support is available locally.
  • Access to a clinical service provided by nurses and occupational therapists from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for some clients. 

Pathfinder has 10 hub locations in West Sussex. 

You can contact the Crawley hub by telephone 01293 534782 or by email 

Please see below leaflets for more information about the service.

Pathfinder Clinical Services

Pathfinder Services with contact details