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Student Mental Health - Additional services available in East Sussex

Counselling & Support Services


Young Minds are the UK’s leading charity, supporting children and young people’s mental health.  Find Coronavirus advice and support and resources, relating to anxiety, low self-esteem, drugs and alcohol, being a young carer and many other areas where young people may need support.

YoungMinds on Twitter -

YoungMinds crisis messenger - Text YM to 85258 if you need to talk to someone right now.

Visit the Young Minds Website 

Our A-Z guide gives you advice on how to help your child with their feelings and behaviour, as well as mental health conditions and life events. We'll also show you where you can get help.

A-Z Guide


Barnardo’s offer support with issues such as:-

  • Employment, training and skills

  • Homelessness

  • LGBTQ young people

Visit the Barnardos Website 


The NSPCC offer support and advice for parents and carers, about how they can best support and protect children and young people.  They offer support with mental health, sexuality and sexual orientation, social media advice and many other topics.

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000

Visit the NSPCC Website 


i-rock is a drop in counselling and advice service for young people aged between 14 – 25. Open Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 6pm.
i-rock Eastbourne, Greencoat House, 32 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UT

You don’t have to be sent to see us by a doctor or teacher, you can just pop in. It doesn’t matter how big or small your problem is, we’ll do our best to help you. i-Rock is a drop-in, so you can just turn up when you’re free, but if you’d like to book an appointment you can do so online.

Currently due to the new social distancing rules we have had to temporarily close our i-Rock sites, however we are now offering virtual appointments via your smart phone as well as support via telephone and email. Please contact us via the email links on our Facebook pages to arrange contact with one of our team.

Also, check out our Instagram page, (irockeastsussex) where you will find tips on keeping yourself well and an Instagram live session on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4.30pm. 

i-Rock Eastbourne Facebook page -

If you would be interested in accessing a telephone triage please enquire at

Visit the i-Rock Website 


e-motion is a free online counselling project for young people aged 12 – 18, who live in East Sussex. You can communicate confidentially with a trained counsellor via email, or live messaging.

Visit the E-MOTION Website 


You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small.  Call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online

Contact us, you are in control. It’s confidential, and you do not have to give your name if you don’t want to. 

Visit the Childline Website 


Chat Health is a confidential texting service for young people aged 11 – 19. Young people can text the school health team about any concerns or health issues on 07507 332473.


We offer counselling in Newhaven, Lewes, Hailsham and Eastbourne, to anyone aged 16 years and above. We offer an initial introductory session where you can ask questions and tell us a little about why you would like counselling. 

A self-referral form can be found on

Visit the Sussex Community Website 


Our School Nurse will drop into school every other week.  You can confidentially discuss any health issue with her. She can give advice, support and guidance on both mental and physical health, and you can speak to her just once, or talk to her regularly.  Details on when the School Nurse is available will be given out by your tutor in September.


CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK - Rebuilding Lives Together

Call our Helpline: 0800 02 888 40

Child Bereavement UK on Twitter -  (@cbukhelp)

Our vision is for all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives, when a child grieves or when a child dies.

Visit the childbereavementuk website 


The Seahorse Project – Offering bereavement support for children and young people.

Telephone: 01323 434200 

Visit the St Wilfrid's Hospice Website 

DRAGONFLIES - Bereavement Support

Dragonflies offer families, children and young people a safe space to share their feelings and experiences, and provides creative and therapeutic activities alongside group discussion. For children aged 5-18 years, a series of peer group sessions are delivered by trained staff and volunteers across Hastings, Rother and Eastbourne areas. The project offers one to one counselling for young people aged 15 years plus, and early years support for children aged 5 years and under. 

Visit the Dragonflies Website 


Fegans aim to provide families most in need of parenting or therapeutic support with the care they require to become self-sufficient contributors to society and break generational cycles of behaviour. They provide a full range of professional counselling services in their centres and also in primary and secondary school for children as well as support workers that work with parents.

Visit Fegans Website


-          Works with young people aged 11-25 years

-          Aim to fully prepare young people for their future with good prospects, opportunities and social skills

-          Provides youth work, support services and opportunities for young people in the local area

-          Includes and accommodates the Square Youth Café and infopoint facilities

Visit the Hailsham Youth Service Website


Brighton and Hove, Hastings AND Eastbourne

In 2012 YMCA Dialogue counselling services were accredited by The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy

 Issues including

  • Difficulties with parents, family, friends, partners or someone else

  • Sadness, depression, unhappiness – maybe life does not seem worth living

  • Anger, outbursts, or being violent causing concern to those around them

  • Worries about school, college or work

  • Concerns about sex or sexuality

  • Alcohol, using drugs, using legal highs

  • Someone close has died or is very ill

  • Experience of abuse whether sexual, physical, emotional

  • Self harm

Visit the YMCA Counselling Service Website

Free apps endorsed by the NHS

DISTRACT APP: The FREE distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.

CALM HARM APP: Calm Harm is a FREE app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.  Its private and password protected.

Other useful contact details:

Police: 101 or email: (In case of emergency dial 999)

SPOA (Single Point of Advice – Children’s Services): 01323 464222 or email:

Domestic Abuse: The Portal, Helpline: 0300 3239985

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services): 01323 446070 or email:

Eastbourne Foodbank: 01323 409925, email:

Samaritans: if you need urgent mental health support, dial 116 123, where you can speak confidentially to a non-judgemental, empathic trained person who can offer you immediate help.

Please look after your Mental Health - Every Mind Matters!

With best wishes

The WCS Safeguarding Team

Willingdon Community School Safeguarding Team:

There will be a member of the Safeguarding Team monitoring this email address continually, whilst the school is partially closed.

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