If you need immediate help or are feeling suicidal then there are people who can support you straight away. Please consider the following options:
For anyone in crisis the Samaritans offer confidential emotional support.
Telephone: 116 123 (UK wide) – 24 hour helpline
- or go to, or call, your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling.
- Contact NHS by calling 111
- Make an urgent appointment to see your GP
- Grassroots Suicide Prevention
A Brighton-based charity that supports people who are at risk of suicide. You can download a helpful app via the website called ‘Stay Alive’. More resources are also available on the website.
- Staying Safe
This site provides Information about how to make a Safety Plan for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts or supporting someone else. It’s designed to offer hope, compassion and practical ideas on how to find your own way forward.
This is a 24/7 text crisis service. Text Shout to 85258. Sometimes it feels too hard to talk.
Low Cost Therapy in Brighton and London
The Rock Clinic in Brighton has two locations and offers low cost short and longer term counselling with trainee counsellors. An assessment costs £20 and ongoing fees are £20 per session. Telephone: 01273 621841 (270 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5TA) or 01273 326826 (8 Western Street, Brighton BN1 2PG)
The Minster Centre in Queens Park, North London offers low cost long-term counselling and psychotherapy with senior trainee therapists. An initial session costs £40 (£15 if receiving benefits) and fees for following sessions are based on individual circumstances. Telephone: 020 7644 6240
Other Useful Organisations
A national 24 hr helpline for anyone with a drinking problem.
Telephone: 0800 9177650
Email: help(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)aamail.org
CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably)
A small but innovative charity that campaigns to reduce suicide among men and raise their awareness of mental health issues. It was set up in response to the fact that suicide remains the single biggest killer of young men in the UK.
A free 24 hr information telephone line which supports children and young people.
Telephone: 0800 11 11
Domestic Violence Helpline
A 24 hr helpline for anyone experiencing domestic violence, or a family member or friend.
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
For anyone concerned about their own drinking or a family member or friend.
A friendly, confidential 24 hr drugs advice helpline.
Telephone: 0300 123 6600
Let’s Talk About Loss
A new charity set up by a young person for young people aged 18-35 who have experienced the loss of someone close to them at any stage of their lives. Peer-led meet up groups exist around the country, including Brighton, and more are being created.
A service specifically for men suffering domestic abuse or violence.
Telephone: 01823 334244
A mental health service run by lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans and queer people. The service is based in Brighton but provides support nationwide. It offers advice and information, advocacy, a peer support group programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring service, an out of hours online chat service, and a food and allotment project.
Telephone: 01273 234839
Email: info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mindout.org.uk
A 24 hr service offering support for anyone with a drug problem
Telephone: 0300 999 1212
If something sexual happened to you (no matter when it happened) without your consent – or you are not sure – you can call their number 24/7 or start an online chat. Telephone 0808 500 2222
A national award winning charity based in Brighton and offering support and sanctuary from domestic abuse and violence.
Call Rise on 01273 622 822 on Monday and Tuesday mornings, 9.30 – 12.30 pm and Wednesday 5.00 -7.00 pm
National Domestic Violence Helpline (Refuge) 0808 2000 247 24 hours a day
Call 999 if you or someone you know is in danger
Helpline offering emotional support for anyone effected by mental illness
Telephone: 08457 678 000
A charity that offers support for adults who are estranged from their families or their children. As well as one-to-one support, the charity runs meet-up groups and workshops and also has a selection of helpful guides on its website.
Stop Hate Crime
24 hr support for people who have been affected by hate crime. Victims and witnesses can make contact to report hate crimes, access support and get information.
A service providing support for women who have experienced rape or sexual assault.
Telephone: 01273 203380
In a non-emergency call 101 (Calls cost a flat rate of 15p per call)
If you are hearing or speech impaired call 18001 101
Sussex Mental Healthline
The healthline is accessible for people who are hearing or speech impaired via Relay UK with trained operators who are experienced in taking these calls. To start a call, dial 18002 then the full phone number of the helpline: 0300 5000 101.
Together for Mental Wellbeing
A charity that provides help to anyone experiencing mental health problems. With many centres around the country, Together offers a wide range of services such as drop-ins, peer support, counselling, social networking, criminal justice support, and advocacy.
Telephone: 020 7780 7300 during office hours
A free and confidential service which helps victims of crime, witnesses, their families and friends.
Telephone: 08 08 16 89 111
Counselling and Psychotherapy Accrediting Bodies
BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) – one of the UK’s largest accrediting bodies for counselling and psychotherapy, where you can also search for members
UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) – another key accrediting body weighted towards psychotherapists rather than counsellors, and where you can also search for members