Staying safe this Christmas

Wishing everyone across all the MET campuses a very Merry Christmas this year. Make sure you are staying safe this festive season and getting the support you need. Take a look through these helpful resources below to find out what support is available throughout Sussex.  


Crisis Support: 

NHS 111: You can call NHS 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. Call 111 if you don’t know who to call, don’t have a GP or need health information and what do to next. 

Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS): A local support service offering rapid assessments for people experiencing mental health issues who don’t feel able to stay safe. 0300 304 0078 (24/7)

Sussex Mental Healthline: Helpline staffed by trained mental health workers for anyone in Sussex with a concern related to mental health . Open 5pm – 9 am Monday to Friday and 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays. 0300 5000 101

The Samaritans: A national helpline providing confidential listening support. 116 123 (free phone)

Emergency services – 999: If you or someone else is at risk of immediate harm, contact the emergency services on 999.


Mental Health: 

Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service

Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service is a free NHS mental health service for anyone with a Brighton postcode | 03000020060

Sussex Mental Healthline

A local telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression | 0800 0309 500


A free local online counselling project for young people aged 13-25 years who live in Brighton and Hove.

Find Get Give

A local service for young people who are experiencing mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulties.


Substance Misuse:

CGL (Change Grow Live)

Change Grow Live provides adult Drug & Alcohol Services for Brighton & Hove. Support is available to anyone concerned about their drug or alcohol use | 01273 677019


A local service working alongside under 18s whose lives are affected by substance misuse | 01273 293966

The Goal Group

A local service offering information, support and advice to anyone concerned about their alcohol consumption | 01273 273400

Brighton Oasis Project

A local substance misuse service for women, families, children and young people | 01273 604246


Sexual Health: 

Brighton & Hove Sexual Health & Contraception Service

A local sexual health and contraception service, free STI tests and condoms.

Brighton & Hove SHAC service offer walk-in & wait and booked appointments at three locations across the city:

SHAC Central (Morley Street)

SHAC WEST (Wish Park Surgery)

SHAC EAST (Claude Nicol) | 01273 067070

Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust offers free HIV and Sexual Health services in Brighton and Hove. Services are available by booked appointments only (COVID) | 01273 764200

Sussex Beacon

A local charity offering specialist care and support to men, women and families living with HIV | 01273 694222


General safety

YMCA Safe Space

If you become intoxicated, distressed or injured in Brighton at the weekend, head to SAFE SPACE for practical, emotional or medical support | 07841 067418


Helping people affected by domestic abuse. Practical solutions, shelter and support in Brighton, Hove and Sussex | 0300 323 9985

Safe in the city

A local team that works to tackle hate incidents, anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls, and other priority work areas to reduce crimes and increase safety.



The Clock Tower Sanctuary

Emergency accommodation - open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10.30am-12.15pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm.

Due to COVID-10 unable to run a drop-in service at the moment so please call 01273 722 353 and choose option 1 to book a slot, as they can only have a certain number of people visiting at one time.

Housing Advice Service – Sussex Central YMCA

Housing advice for 16-25 year olds who are homeless, threatened with homelessness or insecurely housed | 01273 828828

St Clare's Community Hub, Worthing & Adur

You can get housing advice from the council by completing an online Housing Advice form compatible with most smart phones. If you are sleeping rough in the area of Worthing or at risk of sleeping rough, you can get advice about the support available to you | 1903 680740 x145


Help to keep your home warm. LEAP is a free service that is helping people keep warm and reduce their energy bills without costing them any money | 08000607567



Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

B&HFP work with the Emergency Food Network to provide affordable and accessible food across Brighton. Use their directory to find services near you including food banks, meal delivery service and healthy eating advice.

East Brighton Food Co-operative

Run a daily freshly made nutritious meal service, delivered citywide from East Brighton, including meals for Christmas Day. Email to enquire.




Switchboard is a charity for LGBTQ people looking for community, support or information | 01273 359042


Supports and connects children and young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation |  01273 721211

MindOut - LGBTQ mental health service

A local mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans and queer people | 01273 234839


National helplines: 

  • Drinkline: 0800 917 8282
  • Sexual Health Line: 0800 562 123
  • Frank (National Drugs Helpline): 0800 776600
  • Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre Helpline: 0808 20 00 247
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Crime stoppers: 0800 555 1111
  • Refuge Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247
  • Shelter:0808 800 4444
  • Samaritans: 01273 772277 or text 07725909090


Other resources and useful apps: 

Youth Advice Centre

This local centre offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove | 01273 220900

The Young Peoples Centre (YPC)

A range of services including youth work, group work, sexual health, one-to-one work and a supportive range of information, advice and guidance | 01273 887886

Local Discretionary Fund

The Local Discretionary Social Fund (LDSF) are offering additional support for those in need due to the pandemic and can help with getting food, fuel and financial assistance. They can also get you a foodbank referral | 01273 293 117

NHS Calm Harm - Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

Mee Two - The MeeTwo app provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.

Student Health - The content has been created for university students by NHS doctors and is regularly updated. Use the app to reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the support you need at what can be a challenging time for any student.

Clear Fear - Developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 and uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.

Stay Alive - A suicide prevention resource packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

What Three Words - The what3words app helps you find, share and navigate to any precise location whether it’s because you’re meeting with friends or are not sure where you are and you need to communicate your exact location. The app gives every 3m x 3m in the world a unique 3 word address making finding the location you are in or need to go to much easier.

Services and operating hours may vary over the Christmas and in light of current COVID restrictions. It is recommended that you check individual services for any updates to avoid inconvenience.

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