West Sussex Young Persons Advocacy Service

Who is the service for?

  • Young People between 11 and 19 years old with mental health issues
  • Living in the communities of West Sussex
  • 11-19 year olds in a mental health unit but not detained under the mental health act (informal patients)
  • 11-19 year olds with an undiagnosed mental health condition having difficulties accessing mental health services

For young People aged 11 – 19 living in Brighton and Hove or West Sussex who are inpatients or in the community. We listen to and support young people, we are on your side and can talk to you about your choices, give you information and help at meetings.

All Mind advocacy services operate independently of the mental health or social services. You will be listened to and treated with respect. The service offers you the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence about issues relating to your treatment. We do not share information with other agencies without your permission unless you or someone else is at risk.

We will not tell you what to do or make judgements but help you to make choices and say what you want from services.

Service Opening Hours

We can meet you in our central office, near your home, at school or a place you feel more comfortable. All our young peoples advocates work on a part time basis and are contactable via our central office.

How to Contact Us:

B&H Community Advocacy
Mind in Brighton & Hove
51 New England Street
Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4GQ

Tel: 01273 66 69 50, Fax: 01273 66 69 51




crisis help

If you are feeling suicidal or in crisis the best thing is to talk. Speak to somebody you trust or contact a service who can offer you support. If you think that somebody that you know might be suicidal – ask them.

The National Mind Booklets How to Cope with Suicidal Feelings and Suicide Supporting Someone Else both have lots of helpful information.

You can contact your GP or call the NHS 111 number who can help you to access specialist mental health telephone or face to face support.If you are known to mental health services and need urgent mental health support you can contact your care co-ordinator.

At the evenings and weekends, you can contact The Mental Health Rapid Response Service  (MHRRS) on 01273 242220

The Samaritans:  116 123 offer 24 Hour Confidential emotional support for anyone in a crisis. Can also email, text 07725 909090 or drop-in 10 am – 10 pm at Dubarry House, Newtown Road (near Hove Park Villas) Hove, BN3 6AE.