Self Help and Self Management

  • The Hub – Free Community Cafe

    Provided in partnership by the Chemin Neuf Community Hove and Kennedy Street, The Hub community cafe welcomes those that are homeless or coming out of rehab for free food and drink and an opportunity to have a chat. Located at St. Patrick’s church in Hove (see map below), the community cafe will also be host to a variety of other events throughout the day.

    For more information please follow the link to the flyer below.

    The Hub Flyer

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  • Refugee Radio

    Refugee Radio is a charity that was formed by refugee and human rights workers in 2008. They are run by a board of Trustees, including refugees and broadcasters who support refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. They run community projects supporting people experiencing mental health issues, isolation and social exclusion; using radio and music to give a voice to those who do not have one.

    Working with refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants Refugee Radio provide practical support and advice as well as cultural activities in order to help individuals and promote social change.

    By using radio and the media to raise awareness of their situation, Refugee Radio provide an opportunity for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants to share their experiences in a range of projects, enabling their voices to be heard and to campaign for human rights. See their website for more information on projects as well as access to podcasts and documentaries.

    They provide a weekly Resilience Support Group which provides support with issues including stress, depression, PTSD and Anxiety; and also a casework service that provides advice and support with health, housing, benefits, work and education.

    Support group Flyer

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  • My Life Brighton & Hove Online Directory

    Supported by Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Clinical commissioning Group, My Life is an online directory listing local Brighton and Hove as well as national organisations and services to support everyday living.

    The directory separates out services into easily navigable categories, helping you find the right organisation for your specific needs.

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  • Al-Anon Family Groups

    Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. Al-Anon hold regular meetings where members share their own experience of living with alcoholism.

    Al-Anon does not offer advice or counselling, and has no religious or other affiliations. There are meetings on most days in Brighton and Hove at varying times of the day and evening; see website or call for details.

    A new meeting is opening in Kemp Town, on a Monday evening, from the 26th November.

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  • Books on Prescription

    Brighton & Hove Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme is designed to support people with mild to moderate mental health conditions. A core list of self-help books have been tested and recommended by organisations such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of GPs and are available to borrow from local libraries.

    To view the list of books available, please follow this link. For more information about the Books on Prescription service please see their information page on the Brighton and Hove council website, available below.

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  • Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service

    Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service can provide access to talking therapies, a guided self-help service, and a community support service, which can offer talking therapies and courses to promote wellbeing. This is an NHS service, and is free of charge.

    Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service also offers SilverCloud – free online supported CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), tailored to your specific needs. These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression, anxiety and stress.

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  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Self-Help Resources

    This website offers CBT self-help information and resources including worksheets & handouts.

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  • Coming Off Psychiatric Medication

    Website that aims to give up to date information about psychiatric medication, how it functions and the withdrawal process.

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  • Expert Patients Programme

    Sussex Community Foundation Trust EPP offers free self-management courses for people living with any long-term health condition. They are designed to help you to take more control of your health by learning new skills and techniques to provide tools and techniques to help you manage your condition better. The courses are aimed at a wide range of people, reflecting diversity in terms of different health conditions and age groups.



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  • Gardening for Health and Wellbeing – B&H Food Partnership

    This project offers individuals of all ages and levels of fitness, complete beginners or experienced growers, the opportunity to get outdoors in a number of community gardens across Brighton & Hove to engage in a wide range of activities based around gardening. Under the supervision of experienced gardeners, you will engage in activities such as planting and seed sowing, harvesting produce, clearing ground in preparation for food growing and general site maintenance.
    People often say that gardening and getting outdoors has improved their mental wellbeing and stress levels. Some say it has helped them to lose weight or exercise more. Those involved with the community gardens often enjoy the chance to meet new people and gain skills, or even try new foods. B&H Food Partnership give advice to people that want to try gardening as they are keen to help more people to benefit.

    Extra support
    Some specialist gardens offer more tailored services – such as support for people with additional needs or therapeutic activities for those with mental health issues. Their new ‘Sharing the Harvest’ project can offer extra support to people with learning disabilities or those with experience of homelessness, mental health issues, abuse and addiction to get involved at community gardens.

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