Useful links

These are links recommended by LiVE project members, but for a comprehensive list of support groups and projects go to Mind in Brighton and Hove’s Directory of Services 

[Page last updated 18 January 2017]

  • Mind in Brighton & Hove (MBH) works to promote good mental health in our city and across Sussex. It seeks to empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community.   There is a really useful directory of local mental health services on the website, as well as info on MBH’s projects & services.
  • Ecominds, from National Mind, promoted better mental health through green activities.  Although projects have completed their Ecominds-funded work, many projects remain active, having secured further funding or having succeeded in becoming sustainable social enterprises. Check out their directory.
  • Grow is for people who’ve experienced depression, anxiety, stress & other mental health issues.  It offers the chance to enjoy beautiful local countryside in a friendly & supportive group.
  • MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people. Based in Brighton and Hove, it provides local services as well as a number of national initiatives
  • The East Sussex section of ABLEize provides an ever growing list of disability, mental health and special needs groups, clubs and support services
  • Amaze supports parents of children with special needs and disabilities.
  • As You Are (AYA) provides affordable counselling and group work for depression, stress and anxiety for people living in Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing.
  • Brighton and Hove Carers’ Centre supports those caring for partners, relatives or friends with mental ill health.
  • Brighton Women’s Centre (BWC) has been supporting women in Brighton and Hove for over 35 years. Our aims are to empower women and promote independence in a safe, women-only space. The services we offer include counselling, groupwork, open access drop ins, holistic therapies, volunteer training and self development courses
  • CALM is a national project aimed at men’s mental health and suicide prevention – based on the research that men don’t ask for help or talk about their mental health – and the high prevalence of suicide (the largest cause of death for men aged 20-45)
  • The Clare Project is a self supporting group based in Brighton and Hove open to anyone wishing to explore issues around gender identity.
  • The Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.  It was set up when it was realised there was a need for a service bringing together the information required to help individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area.
  • Creative Future is a registered charity that gives those excluded by society the chance to reintegrate through their own talents, by providing training and support for artists & writers, whether beginner or advanced.
  • Choice and medication is a site that provides information for the local area on medical conditions and approaches in medication.
  • See here to view and take part in current City Council community consultations across Brighton and Hove.
  • Doc Ready helps you get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health
  • Brighton and Hove Healthwatch is the local consumer champion for health and social care.  It has an online forum, Brighton Pulse, where you can share feedback on health and social care services in the City
  • The Hearing Voices Network  includes an online forum.
  • It’s Local Actually is a new feature on Possability People’s website. It is a direct link to loads of different groups, programs, schemes and services that are available in Brighton & Hove. For anyone and everyone!  
  • The Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard is a community organisation providing support services run for and by LGBT people. Their mission is to listen, support and inform.
  • The Mental Elf ‘s aim is to help you find just what you need to keep up-to-date with all the reliable mental health research and guidance
  • My Life is an easy-to-use, online directory listing local Brighton & Hove and national organisations and services that support everyday living, helping people to stay healthy, happy, and as independent as possible.
  • OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related conditions such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). It offers support and information to anybody affected by OCD, works to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and frontline healthcare workers and strives to secure a better deal for people with OCD.
  • Outside In aims to provide a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world either because of mental health issues, disability, health, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as art
  • Pathways to Health provides 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
  • Peer Support 4 Mental Health is a new initiative which aims to promote and share information among mental health peer support groups in Brighton, Hove and across Sussex.
  • Possability People (formerly the Fed Centre for Independent Living) promotes independence and dignity for all disabled people. It works to identify gaps when services are being planned and developed and to ensure the needs of disabled people are included.
  • The Sussex Partnership Recovery and Wellbeing page includes the ROCK (Recovery Orientated Community Kit), a community toolkit for developing and supporting social inclusion and recovery within different geographical areas of the Partnership.
  • Right Here Brighton and Hove is a project led by young people aged  16 – 25, aiming to promote the mental & emotional wellbeing of young people in this age group locally.  Their website tells you about getting involved in activities, campaigning and volunteering.
  • Safe in the City gives help and support to escape a range of violence and abuse, and to keep safe.
  • Self Injury Support provides a text, email and phone support service for girls and women dealing with issues of self harm.  Their consultations are confidential and run by female volunteers
  • Brighton Branch of Soteria are a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people experiencing ‘psychosis’ or extreme states.
  • Speak Out is an organisation providing independent advocacy for people with learning difficulties in Brighton and Hove.
  • The Synergy Creative Community is an organisation led and run by people with an interest in and experience of mental health care. The group’s mission is to develop a community network of peer support and creative exchange (art and music).
  • Where To Go For is a really useful website for young people aged 16 – 25 and professionals supporting them in Brighton and Hove, with an online map & guide to support services (also available in an easy mobile phone version for smart phones.
  • And for those looking to stop smoking, the Quit Smoking Community may be of use.