New mental health services in Brighton & Hove

NEW Brighton & Hove Mental Health Services

Southdown is pleased to announce two new mental health services coming to Brighton and Hove this November.

Staying Well crisis prevention services

Staying Well out of hours crisis prevention services have been delivered by Southdown since February 2018 when the Hastings service opened. Staying Well Eastbourne then followed this year, opening on April 1st 2020 – just as everything else was locking down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In recent months further Crisis Café style services have been commissioned across West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, all of them using ‘Staying Well’ branding.

We are really pleased to announce that Southdown will be opening ‘Staying Well Brighton and Hove’ this November. The model is similar to the model being used in Hastings and Eastbourne, using key learning from these services. Initially the new Brighton and Hove service will be based at Southdown’s Preston Park Recovery Centre service and recruitment is currently underway for the new team.

The service will be a much needed addition for the city for people with urgent mental health support needs. In addition, it is hoped that the service will help reduce admissions to A&E and other clinical services.

Click here for more information about Staying Well crisis prevention services.

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Following a recent tender by the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, the new Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service launched on September 1st 2020. The service brings together a new partnership of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT), Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, YMCA DownsLink Group and Southdown.

Southdown will be working with the Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner Team (PCMHPT) at SPFT, who will assess adults with mild to moderate mental health support needs and agree a treatment/support plan. Part of this plan will be an offer to access Adult Wellbeing Courses, which will be co-produced and co-delivered by one of Southdown’s existing Brighton and Hove Recovery College Peer Trainers, alongside a Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner.

All referrals will be managed and triaged by the PCMHP team. The courses offered are in response to the current need of the client group, and will start in November. The first term will consist of a co-delivered ‘Employment workshop’ and ‘Managing Overwhelming Emotions’ and ‘Social Isolation’ courses.

This is a positive partnership that brings services together in response to the heightened need for mental health support in Brighton and Hove, whilst enhancing Southdown’s current Brighton and Hove Recovery College model.

Click here for more information about the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing service.

Click here for more information about Southdown’s Brighton and Hove Recovery College.

Southdown’s services are free and available for people aged 18 and over (some can also be accessed by young people aged 16 and over). Please note: eligibility and access to our services varies depending on how support has been commissioned. More information about Southdown’s mental health services across Sussex is available here.