Looking after your mental wellbeing is as vital as looking after your physical health but it can be difficult to know where to start and what types of support and information there are available.
If you are looking at ways and ideas to help you, our section on ‘How to look after your Mental Health’ has information about self help options and information for any age.
Our Directory also includes a section for younger people
You might feel that you want more medical help and to be able to access treatment for your mental health. If so, a good place to start is your GP who will have a range of options to help you including referring to counseling or other support, further ideas for self help such as the books on prescription scheme as well as prescribing medication if you both agreed suitable and referring on to other services. Look at our page on GP’s here.
We have included the main mental health services for children and young people below. You can find further information about these and other services on the Sussex Partnership Website. The statutory Services for young people generally work with children and young adults up to the age of 18. There are some exceptions such as the TAPaS (to age 25) and EIPS (to age 35) - more details on these services below.
Community Mental Health Services for Children and Young People
Community Mental Health Services for Children and Young People
The Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People (age 4-25) offers support to young people who are experiencing mild depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and relationship issues. The service provides a range of community based short term therapeutic interventions for children and young people who do not meet the threshold for Specialist CAMHS.
Short term interventions will include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialogue Face to face Counselling including Specialist Black Minority & Ethnic (BME) and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) counselling
- e-motion online counselling
- Support groups to help with such issues as worry and anxiety
- Brief Interventions offering support and advice
- Family Interventions
Making a referral
- You can make a referral directly by going to https://www.brightonandhovewellbeing.org/children-and-young-people
- If you would like further advice about the support available to you or someone you know, or would like help completing the referral form you can contact the Youth Advice Centre (YAC) or the Mind in Brighton and Hove Advice Service on 01273 66 69 50
The Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service is a partnership between Here, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, Mind in Brighton and Hove and YMCA Downslink Group in collaboration with G.P. practices across the city.
Seeking other help, advice and guidance
- www.findgetgive.com is a website where you can find information about mental health services and support available for people aged 25 and under in Brighton and Hove, including details on self-referral options. If you have visited a service, you can leave them a review and a star rating. You can also access help and advice pages to find books, podcasts, apps and other handy tools that can help with wellbeing.
- If you are a parent you can view the parents and carers page to find helpful resources and tools to support yourself and your child around mental health.
- The Youth Advice Centre (YAC) are able to offer expertise in a wide range of areas. The team aim to provide young people in the local area with a safe and friendly environment where they can access helpful advice and support.
Young Person's Services
Brighton & Hove also has a range of other services 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 to develop resilience and skills through to treatment and specialist mental health services.
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. These include:
Youth Advice Centre (YAC) Has drop in sessions to provide young people with impartial advice and information on a wide range of issues.
Young Peoples Centre provides free informal and confidential services for young people aged 13 - 25.
Right Here Brighton & Hove is a participation project led by young people aged 16 - 25 who campaign, raise awareness of mental health issues for young people and build individual resilience through peer support and activity programmes.
No Panic – Youth Helpline is a confidential helpline for those aged between 13 and 20 years old which aims to help young people with anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and the specific anxieties that young people experience
www.findgetgive.com is a website where you can find information about mental health services and support available for people aged 25 and under in Brighton and Hove, including details on self-referral options. If you have visited a service, you can leave them a review and a star rating. You can also access help and advice pages to find books, podcasts, apps and other handy tools that can help with wellbeing.
The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service
The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service is a community based service for young people aged 14 to 35 years, who have had an experience that could be a symptom of psychosis.
Early Intervention means getting help for any problems when they start, before they develop into a more serious illness - the earlier someone gets help, the more quickly support can be put in place to help their recovery. Anyone can refer to the EIP Team in Brighton and Hove. This could be the young person themselves, their family, carer or a concerned acquaintance.
You can find more information for young people in Brighton & Hove around mental and emotional wellbeing and services on the Righthere website.
You can find more information about Mental Health and Children and Young People on the Young Minds website.
The pressures of student life can trigger a number of mental health issues. Coping with the course workload, perhaps living away from home for the first time juggling work or other commitments with studying and coping with finances are just some of the factors that can effect a student's mental health and wellbeing. In addition to the other help detailed on this page, students can find support at their university or college's support services. For example counselling services at Sussex University and Brighton University.
National Mind have produced a booklet, How to Cope with Student Life.
This video shows students at Sussex University talking about mental health.