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Poor mental health should not be ignored. It is not a stigma. It can range in severity from anxiety, mild depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to severe depression, hearing voices and suicidal thoughts that need immediate treatment. Mental health distress can affect children as well as adults.
If it is not an emergency situation, you can make an appointment with your GP. Your GP can decide whether to treat you themselves or refer you to an alternative service.
If you are experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties such as stress, anxiety and depression, you can self-refer to a service called Health in Mind (primary mental health care). This is a free NHS service for anyone in East Sussex.
- Self-referral forms are available online at: www.healthinmind.org.uk
Children services come under CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). Referral can be through the GP and other services. You can also self-refer by calling 0300 304 0050.
It is important that everyone has access to support, advice and guidance to ensure good levels of mental health. The Race Equality in Mental Health Service (REMHS), which focuses on tackling inequalities in accessing services, is also available for help and support. You can phone them on 01273 336355 or email:Val.Biggs@eastsussex.gov.uk.
If you are having a mental health crisis or are in an emergency situation then you should present yourself to the A & E department of the local hospital for a mental health assessment.
In the Hastings area you should present to the A & E department at the Conquest Hospital which is open every day of the year 24 hours a day.
- The address is The Ridge, St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex. TN37 7RD.
- You can also call them on 01424 755255.
Also, if you are in emotional distress, struggling to cope and have suicidal thoughts, then a charitable organisation called the Samaritans operate a service 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They are a listening service. The main way to contact them is by phone. You can call them for free on 116123.