Supported self-help

This free, six-week programme gives you tools to help you understand and manage your feelings – with regular calls from us to guide and support you

Supported self-help can make a positive difference to your mental health. It’s a free programme that works with you, to support you to recognise and understand your emotions.

Over six weeks, we’ll give you information, resources and regular phone calls to help improve how you feel. You can choose from one of eight pathways:

  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • coping with grief and loss
  • loneliness and feeling lonely
  • low self-esteem
  • low mood and depression
  • managing anger
  • managing stress
  • understanding menopause

Supported self-help is a one-to-one guided service, not a counselling service. But our self-help mental health workers use some counselling-based skills in their support.

Who is it for?

If you are 18 or over and are experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, isolation, anger, grief and loss, or menopause, our supported self-help programme may be for you.

  • You don’t need a diagnosed mental health problem to do the programme
  • You don't need a referral from your GP
  • It is suitable for anyone who feels their emotions are getting on top of them.

Supported self-help is provided locally by West Sussex Mind in partnership with national Mind and the service covers the whole of England. When you sign up to the service, you can choose to get help with one of West Sussex Mind's mental health practitioners or those at another local Mind.

How does it work?

Once you've signed up, we'll get in touch to talk about the issues you're dealing with. If supported self-help is right for you, we'll invite you to a 40-minute session to discuss in more detail what support you're looking for and agree a programme of support together.

For the next five weeks, we'll schedule 20 minutes with you (on the phone, in person or via video call) to find out how you're doing and give you any support you might need. We'll also send you materials to help you understand and manage your feelings. These might include:

  • Explaining how and why we experience difficult emotions
  • A thought diary
  • Mindfulness techniques.

In your last session, we'll review how you're feeling, discuss ways in which the course has helped, and explore whether West Sussex Mind can support you in other ways, as well as letting you know about other relevant services.

How do I sign up?

Visit the national Mind website to find out how the programme works, who it is suitable for and to sign up. You can use national Mind’s virtual referral assistant, Limbic, who will help you decide if the service is right for you and guide you through the sign-up process.

Hear from local Mind practitioner, Helen, and Christian, who has benefited from supported self-help, in this video from national Mind.

If you have further questions before signing up to supported self-help, you can email us at

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