Mental Health and Wellbeing

Food poverty advice

Please see the attached flyer for for information and services on food poverty Food Poverty Flyer

Online Safety in Lockdown and Beyond

Right now, children will be spending a lot more time online. The following link has some tips and advice to help you keep your children safe online during lockdown and beyond Online safety in lockdown 16.11





Do you have a child or young person at school in Brighton & Hove?

If you have any concerns about their Emotional Mental Health and Wellbeing you are invited to talk to a Primary Mental Health Worker from the Schools Wellbeing Service.

Telephone consultations are available over half-term.

Please email or call 01273-293481

You will need to send/leave us your name and phone number and a Primary Mental Health Worker will call you back.

Whilst we aim to call back within two days, please be aware we may have a high demand so your patience is appreciated.

This is not a crisis number – if you require immediate support you need to contact your GP, call CAMHS duty care on 03003040061 or go direct to A&E

For information on different services available, please visit


If you are worried or concerned about your mental health or wellbeing or that of a friend, Find Get Give has resources to help.

From books, to apps, to videos, it provides you with details of local services. Extensive information and resources can be found on their website at and also across their social media sites.



This guide  was designed by young volunteers aged 16-25 from the YMCA Right Here project in Brighton and Hove project, but it was informed by local parents and carers who gave their time to talk to us about their experiences of supporting their children through mental and emotional challenges.



For support and information for children and their families after the death of a parent or sibling, visit Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity. They have been supporting bereaved children since 1992 and  continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK. This includes in-depth therapeutic support in individual, group and residential settings, as well as a Freephone National Helpline, training for professionals and specialist publications.


For confidential support and advice for young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, visit Papyrus is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Their vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts. Their mission is to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.


For emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide contact the Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans. They deliver the Samaritans’ vision by making it their mission to always be there for their callers and provide the best support possible. The Brighton, Hove and District Branch is a community in its own right and reflects the diversity of the community their volunteers are drawn from. Call any time, day or night on 116 123.


For confidential support, advice and access to service if you are worried about a young person’s substance misuse, visit or call the consultation line on 01273 293966 Monday– Friday between 12 and 3pm. ru-ok? works alongside under 18s whose lives are affected by substance misuse in Brighton & Hove.  They believe in equal opportunities for all and will strive to help young people to lead safe and happy lives, whilst respecting their views, beliefs and individual needs.  They offer free, confidential, expert advice and support.


You should also consider contacting your GP. They can provide advice, and where appropriate arrange support services for you.




Here are two phone numbers young people as well as parents and carers can call if you want information or advice on mental health and wellbeing:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Duty: 0300 304 0061 (9am-5pm)

Sussex Mental HealthLine: 0300 5000 101 (5pm-9am, weekends, bank holidays)




The Mix provides support to under 25s – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Young people can get in touch and access support online, via social media or via the free, confidential helpline.


ChatHealth is a secure and confidential text messaging service for young people, aged 11-19. It provides easy and anonymous access to a healthcare professional for advice and support. Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm excluding bank holidays. If you live in Brighton & Hove, you can text 07480 635423.

Chat with a counsellor about anything. It’s a 1-2-1 session – so it’s just you and Childline. They can give you help and support with whatever’s worrying you. Click here for more information or call 0800 1111. Talking to a childline counsellor in 1-2-1 counsellor chat is private. This means that whatever you say stays between you and Childline.

The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258. Finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right  now. YoungMinds Crisis Messenger aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will  listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.




Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.


The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a LifeBox. Here you can store photos and memories that are important to you.

Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. 10 minutes a day is all you need to see real changes.