Brighton & Hove has a range of day services, wellbeing groups and activities that will be able to help you depending on the level of help you may be looking for. These range from practical support, counselling services, wellbeing groups all of which aim to develop resilience and skills.
A lot of services are run by voluntary organisations, sometimes in partnership with the NHS. Some services are specifically for those seeking support around mental health issues and others might have mental health as just one of the areas they cover. Most of these do not need a referral from a GP and you can contact them yourselves. Some run on a drop in basis.
If you'd like information about wellbeing drop-ins and social spaces that people can access in the city, please have a look at our Social Spaces section.
Brighton Housing Trust Mental Health and Wellbeing Service offer groups and workshops, drop-ins and peer support opportunities for anyone living in Brighton & Hove experiencing emotional difficulties or mental ill health. These aim to enable people to learn ways to build resilience and cope with the challenges and changes in life they may be faced with. Anyone can refer themselves by contacting BHT by phone or email.
There are two Recovery Centres in Brighton and Hove - Preston Park Recovery Centre and Frederick Place Recovery Centre both run by Southdown Housing Association.
The Recovery Centres are for all adults in Brighton & Hove aged 18 and over who are registered with a Brighton & Hove GP Practice. You can just refer yourself or be referred by other agencies including, GP’s Secondary mental Health Providers and Voluntary organisations.
Preston Park Recovery Centre has café facilities, a varied activity programme that assists wellbeing and recovery, information and advice on mental health issues, IT services and free internet facilities, Peer Support systems and more. Caseworkers work alongside clients to help develop and implement a recovery action plan.
Frederick Place Recovery Centre has recently opened and is home to Southdown's Recovery College, and offers Peer Support services and one-to-one appointments with recovery workers.
Grow offers the chance to enjoy beautiful local countryside in a range of ways, as part of a friendly, accepting & supportive group. Experience a balance of:
• just being in magical surroundings with picnics, tea & chat by the fire, relaxation & mindfulness.
• choosing from a variety of activities eg nature walks, conservation tasks, gardening, creative sessions, woodworking.
The project is free and includes transport and lunch.
A high quality, low-cost ear acupuncture service for people affected by stress, anxiety and depression, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency, and those living with HIV.
Ear acupuncture comes from a system of traditional Chinese medicine. It is extremely effective and can be used alone or alongside other therapeutic interventions.
Individuals find they benefit from regular attendance, and report feeling less stressed and anxious and note improvements in their energy and mood, better sleep patterns and a more positive sense of well-being.
Art in Mind are a Brighton based community group for people with experience of mental health issues who are passionate about raising awareness about mental health issues through art. They create artwork using a range of exciting media such as photography, paint, film and puppetry and much more. They show their artwork in exhibitions, museums and in the mental health and education resources that they create and with the other great groups and organisations that they work with.