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World Mental Health Day 2020

Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day

Following the spread of COVID-19 and the changes we are all experiencing to our daily lives it seems fitting that the theme for 2020 is ‘Mental Health for all’. Good mental health helps us to manage our personal relationships and deal with any obstacles and changes that may come our way.  It also helps us to remain engaged with work, learning and community activities.  This goes to show that maintaining good mental health is just as important as physical exercise.

Many of us will experience highs and lows but maintaining our mental health can be easier for some than it is for others with 1 in 4 people experiencing some kind of difficulty each year.  The impact of COVID-19 is likely to see this number rise and nobody should feel too ashamed or embarrassed to open up or seek the support they need.

SCDA offers Employability and Well-being services to people across East Sussex, including support for those experiencing mental health difficulties. 

If you are aged 25+, unemployed and feel your mental health is affecting your ability to find work, or access training and community activities, SCDA can offer tailored 121 support via our Aspirations Project.

Last year, SCDA Aspirations was able to help 74 people across East Sussex manage their mental health.  Our support has enabled:

  • 16 participants to start paid work
  • 12 participants to start volunteering or complete work placements
  • 21 participants to access training courses or education
  • 15 participants to access counselling or wellbeing therapies
  • 6 participants to engage in sports and fitness activities

If you feel this kind of support is for you please contact the team by phone or email.

Tel:        01273 516347


Whatever your circumstances, we won’t judge you.  What we discuss will remain confidential.

For further support is available with our Sussex Community Counselling services.


The SCDA Employability Team offers a range of programmes to support people across East Sussex who are not in employment. We help people to find opportunities in volunteering, training, work experience, finding work and sustaining employment – more information can be found on our web pages listed left.

Employers – are you looking for staff? 

We work with many local organisations to help employers hire exceptional candidates. We fill vacancies in all sectors, from construction to administration and health and social care.  We offer an end-to-end, tailored recruitment package and all this for FREE. Contact our Employment Co-ordinator to arrange a free consultation to discuss your staff recruitment.

The benefits of employing disabled people Over 7.7 million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. Historically there has been a significant gap between the proportion of disabled people employed compared with non-disabled people.Encouraging applications from disabled people is good for business. It can help you to:

  • increase the number of high quality applicants available
  • create a workforce that reflects the diverse range of customers it serves and the community in which it is based
  • bring additional skills to the business, such as the ability to use British Sign Language (BSL), which could result in large savings

The costs of making reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabled employees are often low. The benefits of retaining an experienced, skilled employee who has acquired an impairment are usually greater than recruiting and training new staff. It is also good for the individual.

Disability Confident We are working with employers to:

  • engage and encourage them to become more confident so they employ and retain disabled people and those with long term health conditions
  • increase understanding of disability and the benefits of employing or retaining disabled people
  • ensure disabled people have opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations
  • make a substantial contribution to halving the disability employment gap

Please get in touch to book an appointment with one of our team on 01273 519114

Find out more about the Disability Confident campaign or

The Government has launched the Disability Confident campaign to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled employees. You can view a range of videos on the Disability Confident YouTube channel.

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