Employment & Volunteering

If you are in work and are having problems

Work can be beneficial to our mental health, giving us financial security, identity, contact and friendship with other people, a way of putting structure into our lives and an opportunity to meet goals.

However, if things are going wrong at work, our mental health and wellbeing will suffer.  It is important to seek advice and support as soon as problems begin.

You might want to begin by talking to somebody informally and in confidence, whether at work or outside of work to get some support.  Could you speak to a Human Resource or Health and Safety adviser? Check whether your workplace has an employee assistance scheme. Remember to use your full holiday entitlement and take proper breaks.

See National Mind’s guides to Disabilty Discrimination and How to be Mentally Healthy at Work and Rethink’s Booklet Work and Mental Illness.

You can find Employment Advice online at AdviceNow .

ACAS and The University of Law, Guilford offer telephone advice on employment matters.

Citizens Advice Bureau local centre provides employment advice locally.


If you are looking for support to retain or to find work

Different organisations offer support and assistance to find and retain employment.

There are Disability Employment Advisers at JobCentre Plus in Edward Street and Hove. They can advise you and also refer to the Employment Support Scheme run by SCOPE.

If you are already under the care of the statutory mental health services, you might be able to access support from the following:

The Work & Learning adviser if you are a service user of the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Team

The Brighton & Hove Employment Service at Southdowns Housing organisation if you are a service user of the Brighton & Hove Recovery Services – speak to your Care Co-ordinator about a referral to the service.

Brighton & Hove City Council have a Supported Employment Team. To access the team you need to be receiving social care services funded by Brighton & Hove City Council. If not receiving services, you can contact Access Point for an assessment for eligibility for the service.

The Friends Centre, The Whitehawk Inn and Portslade Adult Learning all have free or low cost courses to help with job related issues such as interview skills, confidence, CV writing etc.

If you are looking for Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering can be a great way to build skills and confidence, meet people and meet new challenges. There are various options for volunteering in Brighton & Hove.There are several opportunities to volunteer within Mind in Brighton & Hove.

Find out more about volunteering opportunities across the City at the Community Base Volunteer Search or at the Volunteer Centre.

Further Information

  • For more services providing information and support about employment and volunteering, look in our directory
  • If you need advocacy about an issue to do with mental health and employment, our advocacy team might be able to help.
  • If you need individual advice, contact our advice and information team.