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Community Roots network changes name to UOK Brighton & Hove

Posted on 6 May 2022

As lead provider for the Community Roots network, Southdown are pleased to announce that as of Monday 9th May, at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, Community Roots will be changing name to become UOK Brighton & Hove.

UOK Brighton & Hove will offer the same great support and services, with a brand new name, logo, look and feel.

Rah Bray, Mental Health Services Lead at Southdown, explains the reason for the brand refresh:

“Since we launched the city-wide mental health network in Brighton & Hove in October 2019, we’ve had feedback that our name and marketing didn’t represent who we are and what we do, and that this was impacting on our ability to reach people that needed support.

We wanted to give ourselves a new name and visual identity that felt fresh and modern, conveyed a sense of hopefulness, and that would catch the eye of and feel inclusive to anyone in the City living with mental health challenges that needed support.

Working with a fantastic local designer, a collaborative and inclusive process was undertaken with people who use and provide the network’s services. The common phrase of ‘u ok’ was agreed to be a good name and conversation starter to ask people across Brighton and Hove to share and consider how they, and their family and friends, are feeling.

With one in four people experiencing mental health challenges in their life it is vital that we continue to encourage people to take that all important first step to share how they’re feeling and reach out to seek support.”

UOK Brighton & Hove is funded by NHS Brighton and Hove CCG and Brighton and Hove City Council, and provided by Southdown in partnership with 16 local mental health and wellbeing organisations.

The UOK Brighton & Hove Central Access Team are available to support and advise anyone who would like access services in Brighton and Hove and start their journey to better mental health and wellbeing.

Call freephone 0808 196 1768 or arrange a call back here.

For more information about UOK Brighton & Hove, click here.