Mental Health

Supporting members of staff at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

A key part of your wellbeing and health is mental health. Mental Health as a continuum, ranging from having good mental health to poor mental health, compared with how much support that person receives.


The team are here to help you, whether it’s improving your mental Health and wellbeing or maintaining it. People work in an environment with lots of stressors around, which can impact on a person’s mental health. There are workshops and other forms of support available to help you maintain good mental health. One of the main ways support is offered is through CareFirst, and find out how to contact them, please ask your line manager, or email

Samaritans have launched new, confidential support lines for health and social care workers and volunteers based in England and Wales.  All calls are answered by trained Samaritans volunteers, who provide confidential, non-judgemental support. The line is open 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week.

0800 069 6222

You can find more information here.

The NHS has produced some audio guides for mental wellbeing. This includes guides for low moods/depressions, Anxiety control, low confidence and sleep patterns.

This ABC Guide to personal resilience is a simple set of ideas for maintaining and enhancing your personal resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are now offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA -England) training to staff, free of charge. The course, usually valued at £300 per person aims to give people the skills to support their colleagues and others around them who are going through an emergency mental health situation.

Attendees are required to attend four, online “live “training sessions as well as completing pre-course learning prior to each live session.  The total learning hours is approximately 18-20 hours over a two week period.  Through a blend of instructor-led live sessions and self-learning activities, you will:

  • Develop practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Gain confidence to reassure and support a person in distress
  • Learn how to guide them to further support for recovery

Please be aware that a wide range of mental health topics are covered within this training, some of which can be emotionally challenging. 

In order to continue to support our people though the COVID recovery, we are currently prioritising places for our people who manage people. We do recognise however, that wellbeing champions within teams may not always be the manager so please also apply if you have an interest in this course and have discussed this with your line manager as we hold a waiting list. Until further notice these sessions will be delivered by MST.

If you would like to apply for a place on this training course please click here

If you have any questions please contact us on the following email –