In Brighton and Hove we treat mental health emergencies as seriously as physical health problems.
Urgent Mental Health Help for Adults
Brighton & Hove Mental Health Rapid Response Service
Call 0300 304 0078, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Available 24/7, Brighton & Hove CCG's Mental Health Rapid Response Service offers support from a mental health professional anytime, day or night, as well as face-to-face appointments.
The 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.
Urgent Mental Health Help for Children and Young People
Call 0300 304 0061 from 9:00-17:00 Monday to Friday
Call 0300 500 0101 at any other time
An urgent response is necessary if the young person is at immediate risk of taking their own life or is showing severe psychotic symptoms.
The Urgent Specialist CAMHS service is available between 9:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday for urgent mental health help
At other times, the Sussex Mental Healthline will direct to the appropriate urgent service.
Other Local Mental Health Services for Adults
Other mental health services for adults are listed below.
- The Sussex Mental Healthline
- Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service
- Samaritans of Brighton & Hove Helpline
- Samaritans of Brighton & Hove Walk-In Service
For further information about any of these services, please see the table below.
Other Local Mental Health Services for Children and Young People
Other mental health services for children and young people are listed below.
- Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People
- Sussex Family Eating Disorder Service
- Specialist CAMHS
For information and guidance on children and young peoples' mental health, please see the pages below
The Sussex Mental Healthline
Call 03005 000101, 5.00pm to 9.00am (Monday to Friday) and 24 hours during weekends and Bank Holidays.
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 and Hove Wellbeing Service
Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service offers a range of support if you are experiencing emotional difficulties such as feeling anxious, low, or depressed. It is an NHS community-based service supporting people from age 4 years upwards in Brighton and Hove. It is also a triage point for Specialist CAMHS service.
You can find more information on the Wellbeing Service Website here.
Samaritans of Brighton & Hove Helpline
Call 116 123 (free number) or 01273 772277, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Provides confidential support for a range of problems, including:
- thoughts of suicide or self harm
- relationship and family problems
- bereavement, including loss of a friend or a family member
- financial worries
- job-related stress
- college or study-related stress
- loneliness and isolation
- painful and/or disabling physical illness
- heavy use of or dependency on alcohol or other drugs
Samaritans of Brighton & Hove Walk-In Service
Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People
Call: 0300 002 0060 from 9:00-13:00 Monday-Friday
You can refer yourself to the Wellbeing Service if you are a child or young person aged up to 25. You can make a referral to the Wellbeing Service if you are a parent, carer, or a professional working with a child.
You can contact them to request a referral form, or speak to somebody if you have any queries or need further information before making a referral.
The Wellbeing service can direct you to the Community Wellbeing Service for children and young people, or to specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS), depending what you need.
The service will contact you if they need further information. If you are referring a child or young person, they may also contact them or their family to make sure they refer them to the right service.
Sussex Family Eating Disorder Service
This service works with children, young people and families affected by eating disorders. The young person’s physical health and mental health is supported by the team with the aim of helping them to effectively manage their eating disorder, restore a healthy weight and improve their wellbeing and self-esteem.
You can find more information on this service at http://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/eatingdisorder
Specialist Childrens and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
The Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team is multidisciplinary, which means it includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and therapists.
The Specialist CAMHS Team works closely with the young person and their family to develop a care plan, which sets out their goals and plans for treatment.
Schools Wellbeing Service
Primary Mental Health Workers are based in schools in Brighton and Hove to help children and young people with mental health and emotional wellbeing. The team links to the Community Wellbeing Service, and can be contacted via individual schools.