Assert wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

Assert is closed from 22nd December 2022 to January 3rd, 2023.

Please note Assert does not provide mental health or crisis servicesPlease contact the following organisations for support:

  • Sussex Mental Heath Line: 0300 5000 101. Mental Health telephone support and information service. (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Staying Well services. Supporting those at risk of going into crisis across Sussex. Self-referral at:
  • Mental Health Rapid Response Service: 0300 304 0078. NHS urgent response service for adults who are in a mental health crisis and at immediate risk of harming themselves or others. (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Samaritans 116 123 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • If you are in immediate danger or are worried about someone who is, please call 999 immediately.

Other ways to get help:

  • Call NHS 111 and select option 2 for mental health.
  • Text SUSSEX to 85258

Further support and resources can be found at and the free Stay Alive app. 

Shout is a volunteer-led digital service that offers real-time support to people who need immediate help with their mental health. A trained volunteer will listen to the issues the texters are facing and help them reach a calmer place. If needed, they will be signposted to local mental health services for continuous and longer-term support. This digital initiative, which is delivered through the national text messaging service Shout, was launched locally in July 2022 and is one of a range of support services available in Sussex to help people who are experiencing or are at risk of a mental health crisis. Other support includes Sussex Mental Healthline which offers telephone support and information – and the Staying Well services (  a self-referral option for people who are at risk of going into a mental health crisis. 
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