Local services and self-help resources
Brighton & Hove City Council provides support for social care, education, housing, finance and related public services.
Go to the Brighton & Hove website for more Information
Community Roots is a group of sixteen community groups working together to provide prevention, wellbeing and recovery support for people with a range of mental health issues. Support for carers and families is also available.
A Freephone Central Access Point phone number is operated by a team of Community Navigators who can guide people through the support available and provide professional advice.
Self-refer online website
Tel: 0808 196 1768.
Open Monday to Friday 9-5pm.
To contact Drug and Alcohol Services call:
or visit this link
Brighton and Hove Recovery Service
Online information, resources and tips about how to support your wellbeing.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Home – e-wellbeing
Sussex Mental Healthline provides direct support for mental wellbeing and signposting to other services. Sussex Mental Healthline 24/7 telephone service:
0300 5000 101
Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (SPFT) is the specialist mental health service. Access to support is via GP and primary care team and other professional referral routes.
Find more information about the Trust
Support to navigate local services and make connections with people and places to support your health and wellbeing.
Social Prescribing Brighton & Hove | Together Co
01273 229 382
Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) provides support for adults (18+) experiencing a mental health crisis.
Anyone can refer: 0300 304 0078 – if the line is busy, an advice message will be given.
Preston Park Recovery Centre
People with mental health support needs can learn new skills and get involved in a variety of groups and activities. The Centre also provides access to a specialist employment service, a welfare benefits service and can refer onto other services as appropriate such as housing and health. Find out more
Mind in Brighton & Hove
Mind in Brighton and Hove 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.
Information and Support for all mental health issues.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393
Find out more
The searchable Warm Welcome Directory of winter activities and warm places to go has now been added to the council’s website under the cost of living section.
Warm welcome – Indoor activities and warm places to go this winter (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
MORE Local Resources
Brighton & Hove Sexual Health & HIV Brighton & Hove Sexual Health & Contraception Service (SHAC) is free, confidential & open to everyone.
Brighton & Hove Sexual Health and Contraception Service (brightonsexualhealth.com)
Brighton Health Lifestyles Team (Brighton and Hove City Council) Referral information attached, Referrals can be made via EMIS and SystmOne or the website, Patients can self – refer using the online form or by contacting 01273 294589
Brighton Health Walks https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/health-walks For people of all ages and abilities to be active and improve their health
Healthy Lifestyles Team https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/support-improve-your-health/sign-support-healthy-lifestyles-team Support with healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol, stopping and cutting down smoking, losing weight and general wellbeing
BeeZee Bodies https://beezeebodies.com/ Healthy Living Courses for Families and Adults tacking exercise and food, Courses for men. To qualify for this support need to have a BMI over 25
Active For Life https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries-leisure-and-arts/active-life-activities-adults#tab–be-active Free and low cost activities suitable for adults of all abilities and experience and those living with health conditions. Interested applicants need to complete a registration form to see if the activities would be suitable for them
Freedom Leisure – Manuel and referral form attached – firstname.lastname@example.org Health Referral programmes offer tailored support and expertise to those individuals or groups of people that require specialist exercise prescription to manage existing health conditions or prevent ill health. The scheme runs on a membership basis £29.50 a month 3-month membership agreement, but can be extended if need be
Ageing Well https://ageingwellbh.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Strength-and-Balance-Classes-List-Jan-2023.pdf Free and low cost excercise classes for the Over 50s
Hangleton and Knoll Project https://www.hkproject.org.uk/docs/news/2022-12-06-50+LeafletWinter22-Spring23.pdf Free and low cost exercise classes for 50+
Food Partnership https://bhfood.org.uk/cookery-school/community-cookery-courses/ Low-cost or free cookery classes for people on low-incomes and those living with dementia, learning disabilities, physical or mental ill health. Community gardening (for exercise)
Smoking advisors and services at pharmacies https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/support-improve-your-health/help-stop-smoking
Change Grow Live https://www.changegrowlive.org/brighton-hove-recovery-service/info
Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) https://www.oasisproject.org.uk/
Better Health NHS https://www.nhs.uk/better-health This website provides online support for patients to lose weight, quit smoking, get active and drink less alcohol and signposts to useful apps and local suppport groups
How Are You? Quiz https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/how-are-you-quiz/
Support to Quit Smoking https://quitnow.smokefree.nhs.uk/
NHS Digital Weight Management Programme https://www.england.nhs.uk/digital-weight-management/ Regional 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme that people can access via a smartphone or computer with internet access. Supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health.
Check your blood pressure reading https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-pressure-test/
BMI Calculator https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/
Fitness Studio Exercise Videos https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/
This Girl Can https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/ Tips on finding a low cost exercise that works for each individual and supporters hub
Sport England https://www.sportengland.org/ Tips on finding a low cost exercise that works for each individual
Trusted Care 6 Best Online Exercise Videos for Over 60’s Self Isolating (trustedcare.co.uk) Online exercise videos for the over 60s
Fitness Blender https://www.fitnessblender.com/ Free exercise videos and support with healthy diet
Best outdoor places to workout in Brighton and Hove https://3fspt.co.uk/best-outdoor-places-to-workout-in-brighton-and-hove/
We Are Undefeatable https://weareundefeatable.co.uk/ Tips and support for people with a range of health conditions to find exercise
Online Alcohol Support
Change grow live https://www.changegrowlive.org/brighton-hove-recovery-service/info Offer recovery-focused drug and alcohol support with some groups running online
Unit calculator https://alcoholchange.org.uk/alcohol-facts/interactive-tools/unit-calculator Use the unit calculator to find out how many units are in a particular drink, or to check how much you’re drinking
NHS Food Scanner App Scan the barcode to see how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in your food and drink then choose one of the healthier swap suggestions
NHS Weight Loss Plan App 12 week plan to help patients lose weight
Couch to 5k App Offers a very gradual build up for patients to improve their activity until they reach the full 5K distance
Active 10 App Encourages patients to complete 10 minutes walking every day
Drink Free Days App Support to keep some days of the week alcohol free and tracks how many calories and how much money is saved
NHS Quit Smoking App Supports patients to quit smoking and calculates how much money they have saved
Go Jauntly App £1.99 per month Walking and hiking tour guide app to connect with nature
Sidekick App A social health game which allows you to communicate, collaborate and compete with friends and colleagues, while improving your lifestyle
Calorie Counter + App Track your calories to help you achieve your weight loss goals
A New Service to support people in Sussex with their mental health and wellbeing.
By texting the word SUSSEX to 85258, people can access the free, confidential, 24/7 service for anyone who needs support with their mental health and wellbeing to help them get to a calmer place and have a text-based conversation with a trained, real time volunteer. If needed, texters will be signposted to local services in Sussex, including the Sussex Mental Healthline, Staying Well services and the Grassroots’ Stay Alive App to get continuous and longer-term support. Conversations are overseen by trained supervisors who monitor conversations 24/7. Clinical supervisors can escalate texters to the emergency services via a direct line if they are deemed at imminent risk.
Text SUSSEX to 85258, is delivered through the national text messaging service, Shout. It is one of a range of ways that people in Sussex can get help with their mental health. Find out about what other support is available at: https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/help