There are many health and wellbeing services you can go to in Brighton and Hove without needing to see your GP first for a referral. Your local pharmacist can provide advice as well as treatments for minor ailments, and the table below lists some other key services that may be able to help you.
For more services available in the city please check the My Life website
Mental Health Services
Adults experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety can self-refer for guided self-help from a psychological wellbeing practitioner.
The Wellbeing Service
A mental health service for adults in Brighton and Hove. Support is given through guided self-help, talking therapies, brief interventions for people with complex needs and community services.
Call: 03000 020060 (8:00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday)
If you feel you are not able to keep yourself safe, and do not need immediate medical assistance, you should contact the Mental Health Rapid Response Service which is able to offer immediate support:
Call: 03003 040078 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Call: 116 123 (free number) or 01273 772277
Visit: Samaritans, Dubarry House, Newtown Road, Hove BN3 6AE
Sussex Mental Health Helpline
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
Call: 03005 000101 (17:00 - 9:00 Monday to Friday and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays)
Mental Health Services for Children and Young People
Young people who are experiencing mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulties can access a range of services locally in Brighton and Hove via FindGetGive. The site offers advice and support on a range of low to moderate mental health or emotional wellbeing issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders as well as signposting to services that are more specialist where your need is greater. All services accept self-referral and some offer drop-in sessions.
FindGetGive for parents and carers
There is help and support for parents and carers and a new parent/carer online forum on the FindGetGive
You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it is better out than in. Childline can support you and help you find ways to cope
Call: 0800 1111
Health trainers offer one-to-one advice, support and encouragement to help you make a positive change to your health. You must be interested in one of:
- eating more healthily
- becoming more physically active
- drinking less alcohol
- quitting smoking
Call: 01273 296877 (9:00 – 17:00)
Food Partnership (Weight Management)
Emergency Dental Service
If your own dentist is closed, the Emergency Dental Service will give you an appointment at one of several practices around Brighton and Hove.
Contact: 03001 231663 (09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday)
If you need urgent help outside normal working hours, call the NHS 111 line (free from landlines and mobiles).
iDental Care Limited offers emergency NHS out of hours dental service.
Call: 03000 242548 (17:30-22:30 Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:30 weekends)
Sexual Health and Contraception (SHAC) Service
The Brighton and Hove Sexual Health and Contraception (SHAC) Service is open to all and you don’t need a GP referral; it is a free service, including prescriptions. You will be given the choice of seeing a male or female member of staff. If you have any symptoms and need to be seen urgently, please phone to speak with a member of the team.
Call: 01273 523388
Sexual Health Service at Brighton Station Health Centre
If you need emergency contraception or sexual health tests, you can attend the Sexual Health Service at Brighton Station Health Centre. A walk-in service is available.
Call: 01273 203058 (8:00-19:00, 7 days a week)
MyLife Brighton and Hove - Local and National services
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Feeling lonely or disconnected? Search our database of free or low cost activities in your area. If you want to get out and about more, meet new people or just want to know what’s going on in your area, we can help you.
Money Advice Plus is a registered charity (Money Advice & Community Support Service) based in Brighton & Hove, helping and supporting people experiencing difficulty managing their money or financial affairs.
Call: 01273 664000 (9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00; Office phone for general info) or
08009 887037 (15:00-19:00 Monday, 10:00-140 Tuesday, 12:30-16:30 Wedneasday and Thursday, and 10:00-14:00 Friday; Moneyworks Advice Line for debt & welfare benefit advice)
You can book your maternity care through the BSUH self-referral portal.
After submitting the form, you should contact your GP or Children’s Centre to make your first appointment with a midwife for when you are 6 to 8 weeks pregnant.
If you have any concerns during pregnancy please contact your midwife or maternity triage for advice.
Maternity Triage at Royal Sussex County Hospital
Call: 01273 664793 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Maternity Triage at Princess Royal Hospital
Call: 01444 441881 extn 8176 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Health Visiting Service
The aim is to ensure all children aged 0-5 years receive early intervention, prevention and health promotion services which will help them achieve their optimum health and well-being. Health Visiting is provided through the Brighton and Hove Children Centres. See the list of locations on the website to find opening hours and contact details.