Health and Wellbeing

Local mental health services

On this page you can find details of urgent mental health care, Brighton and Hove Community Wellbeing Servicefree counselling services, specialist counselling sevices,  low-cost counselling services  and other support

For details of services and help on campus click here

For details of national mental health charities and organisations click here

For details of free online resources and tools click here


Help in a crisis

If you or someone you know have reached crisis point and feel at risk of self harm or of harm to others, there is help at hand:

Emergency services

 If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm - either to yourself or someone else - then phone 999

Go to your nearest A&E

Go to your nearest hospital with an Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department. In some hospitals, this will be called the Emergency Department. There are staff on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, who will be able to assess you and give you the appropriate help

Mental Health Rapid Response Service (NHS)

Call 0300 304 0078, 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Brighton and Hove’s Rapid Response service offers mental health support for people who feel at risk to themselves and/or others or if someone feels concerned that a person is at risk to themselves and/or others due to their mental health.

Face-to-face assessments for all agreed urgent referrals will be delivered within four hours, either at a patient’s home, in a GP surgery or at one of the local service clinics

The Sussex Mental Healthline

Call 0800 0309 500, 24 hours a day.

The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. You do not need an appointment

Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans 

If something's bothering you or you feel you can't cope, you can call in on any day between 10am and 10pm

Dubarry House,Newtown Road,Hove,East Sussex,BN3 6AE 

Or call  01273 772277 (local phone rates) or  freephone  116123 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

NHS 111

Call the NHS 111 service if you urgently need help or advice but it is not a life-threatening situation.There are leaflets in all languages available on the NHS 111 website


SANE is a UK mental health charity who run a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.

Open 4.30pm-10.30pm daily

0300 304 7000


Community Wellbeing Service

The Brighton and Hove Community Wellbeing Service (NHS)

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service offers a range of support if you are experiencing emotional difficulties such as feeling anxious, low, or depressed. They are an NHS community-based service supporting people from age 4 years upwards in Brighton and Hove. They offer a Young People's service and an Adult service.

Young people (aged up to 25)

The Children and Young People's service offers support to young people who are experiencing mild depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and relationship issues.  They provide 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

Fees: FREE

Access: You can visit the Youth Advice Centre (YAC) general advice drop-in for a referral, or fill in the self-referral form online


Telephone: 0300 020 060

Adults (aged 18+)

The Adult service offers therapeutic support to people through the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. The service provides different types of talking therapies if you are experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories and obsessive compulsive disorder. IAPT is an NHS national initiative designed to expand mental health support and offer NICE recommended evidence-based treatment for adults experiencing anxiety and depression.

Fees: FREE

Access: GP referral or fill in the self-referral form 


Telephone: 0300 020 060


Free counselling

BHT (Brighton Housing Trust) Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

BHT offers a variety of activities that help people to learn ways to cope with the challenges and changes they may be faced with:

  • One to one sessions with trained counsellors
  • Wellbeing groups with trained counsellors
  • Practical life-skills workshops
  • Practical advice and signposting with a dedicated caseworker
  • Peer led groups and activities
  • Peer support volunteer and mentor training
  • Women only counselling and drop in provided by Threshold Women’s Services

Fees: FREE for residents of Brighton and Hove

Access: self refer on 01273 929471 or email completed self-referral form to


Dialogue - YMCA Downslink Group

YMCA Dialogue offers a free 1-1 counselling service for 13 to 25 year olds.

Fees: Free to people aged 13-25 years old

Access: You can self-refer using the details on the YMCA DLG website, or get a referral through the YAC (Youth Advice Centre) general advice drop-in


Costed Counselling

YPSN (Young People's Support Network)

YPSN is a CIC (community interest company) working with young people (11 to 25 years of age) struggling with negative life issues.

  • 1-1 counselling service (You will be offered up to six sessions at first, after which time you will be able to choose how many sessions you feel you need in discussion with the counsellor.)

Fees: Able to offer subsidised counselling places

Access: You can contact the service through the website here.


Specialist counselling sevices

Breakeven Sussex

Breakevern Sussex provide counselling for anyone affected by problem gambling. Their experienced counsellors are trained specialists in working with problem gambling and they can offer support whether you gamble yourself, or are adversely affected by the gambling of a family member or friend.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse support all bereaved people. They offer 1-1 support and a group drop in.

Mankind UK

Mankind offer 1-1 counselling, therapeutic groups and couples counselling for men who have been sexually abused and their partners, friends and family.

Young Oasis Centre

Young Oasis are a specialist service providing free individual, confidential, arts-based therapy for young women (aged between 18 -25) who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or disadvantage in their early lives. They offer a confidential space to work with a therapist to explore the impact of any difficulties in your life.

Terrence Higgins Trust

THT operate an online counselling service for anyone living with HIV in the UK.

LGBTQ+ Counselling

Click here for information on LGBTQ+ specific counselling and support


Low-cost counselling

As You Are Centre

As You Are provides affordable counselling and group work for depression, stress and anxiety for people living in Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing. They offer 1-1, group work and workshops.

Fees: Open to both adults and children with fees operating on a sliding scale from £8 to £35 per session

Access: You can book an assessment via phone or online, using the contact details available on their website

Marriage Care

Marriage Care offers a local counselling service for those experiencing relationship difficulties. You do not have to be married to access this service. They specialise in marriage preparation, relationship counselling and relationship knowledge.

Fees:  They don’t charge a fixed fee, apart from an initial registration fee of £10. You will never be turned away because you cannot afford to give very much but all counselling clients are asked to give a donation in advance of each session

Access: you can refer yourself by contacting them directly, using the contact details on their website

Psychology Sussex

Psychology Sussex are an independent practice of psychologists, psychiatrists and psycho-therapeutic counsellors offering comprehensive psychological treatment for a wide range of difficulties including a range of specialist psychological health care services. They are currently offering low cost places with trainee psychodynamic counsellors, trainee counselling psychologists, and traineed clinical psychologists. All trainees are supervised by their clinical director.

Fees: £15 or £20 per session dependant on who you see

Access: you can refer yourself by contacting them directly, using the contact details on their website


RISE support anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse or intimate partner violence (violence, emotional and sexual abuse and coercive control, including children and young people). Clients are usually offered 12 weekly sessions of 50 minutes each.

Fees: RISE operate a sliding scale for fees and do not prevent any individual accessing therapy if they cannot make a nominal contribution to the cost of their therapy

Access: you can refer yourself via the RISE Helpline 0300 323 9985

Rock Clinic

The Rock Clinic Association, a registered charity, is a co-operative association of psychotherapists and counsellors, yoga teachers and complementary therapists providing accessible therapy to the community of Brighton, Hove and Sussex

The Rock has two sites across the city: Rock East at 270 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5TA and Rock West, 8 Western Street, Brighton BN1 2PG. Both Clinics have facilities for individual psychological and physical therapy, with space for group work. There is full disabled access at Rock West and good disabled access at Rock East

Fees: Flexible depending on what you can afford, but usually minimum £10

Access: You can refer yourself using the contact details on their website

Survivors Network Counselling Service

Survivors Network operate a counselling service for self- identifying women over 14, and young men aged 14 -18, who have experienced rape or sexual assault or sexual abuse at any time in their lives.

Fees: Counselling is free if you are 14-18 years old. If you are 19 years or over you will be asked to make a donation for counselling based on what you are able to afford. Inability to donate does not exclude one from being able to access this service.

Access: You can refer yourslef using the contact details on their website


Other Support

Sussex Recovery College

Sussex Recovery College offers educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase your knowledge,  skills and promote self-management. This may help you take control and become an expert in your own wellbeing and recovery and get on with your life despite mental health challenges.

Fees: Currently all courses at the Recovery College are free to attend for people with moderate to severe mental health challenges, their supporters (relatives, friends and carers) and staff from partner organisations.

Access: You can view the prospectus online and then submit a registration form online.