A wide-ranging range of support service for residents in Brighton and Hove who are experiencing mental health problems start today.
The services are part of the shift towards a ‘recovery’ model of mental health care which supports people’s efforts to improve their health and wellbeing in every aspect of their life.
Rethink Mental Illness, the largest voluntary provider of mental health services, has won the contract to provide two local services: suicide prevention and support, and help for people with mental health problems who are involved with the criminal justice system.
Mental health charity MIND in Brighton and Hove will provide comprehensive mental health advice and information from its New England Street office, online, and at outreach sessions across the city.
Southdown Housing Association will provide Brighton and Hove Employment Service in association with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The service will offer one-to-one support to help people with mental health problems to get and keep a job.
BHT will help people build up their emotional resilience through one-to-one sessions, wellbeing groups, life skills workshops and similar services run from our North Street offices. Our mental health and wellbeing service will encompass two women-only therapeutic support sessions a week.
Third sector organisation MindOut will provide mentoring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have mental health issues, and will also extend its out-of-hours mental health support service to the LGBT communities in Brighton and Hove.
Allsorts Youth Project has been given a contract to support 13 to 25 year olds who are for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or unsure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Its work will include individual support and group work on issues such as mental health, sexual health and substance misuse.
The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove will contribute to better mental health by offering individual emotional support, information and advocacy to adult carers; groups and activities for adult carers; and assessment, support and activities for young carers.
Assert (a local charity supporting adults with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism, and their parents, partners and carers) will facilitate two Life Skills courses. One will cover communication skills, building and managing positive relationships, and managing anxiety. The second will cover managing stress, organisational skills, household management, managing finances, staying safe, using public transport and health and well being.
Southdown Housing will support people’s recovery through two centres at PrestonPark and Buckingham Road – each offering support, activities, information, internet access, links with other community services, a café and other facilities – and by running activities in community venues across the city.
Sussex Oakleaf will work with voluntary sector partners and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to support people with personality disorders. Its Lighthouse Recovery Support service will provide intensive treatment, community activities, a café, drop-in and online support services.
(The above information was taken from a press release put out by the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, the new GP-led organisation which now buys many health services for local people, and which has agreed contracts for mental health support with a range of voluntary and NHS organisations.)