In this time of need, it is important to realise that no one is alone. Everyone in the world is worried and experiencing one of the worst times they have ever known.

Even though we cannot be physically present for each other, we can still support each other through any means possible. Here is a list of some of the help and services available to the residents of Brighton and Hove during these trying times. 

Mental Health

In these unpredictable times, it is okay to be worried. If you’re frequently having intrusive and negative thoughts, taking a moment to assess and understand how realistic those thoughts are can help you maintain a healthy dose of optimism.

Sometimes, meditation and mindfulness can be really helpful tools for managing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. Older adults, especially those in isolation and those with cognitive decline/dementia, may become more anxious, angry, stressed, agitated or withdrawn during the outbreak or while in quarantine.

If you find yourself with very poor mental health while isolated and aren’t able to pull yourself out of feelings of anxiety, depression, or fear, it’s important to reach out for help. 

Community Roots are a network of local services committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing in Brighton and Hove, on 0808 196 1768 (freephone). Or visit their website 

You can also find various links and sites to mental health aids in the official Brighton and Hove government website

Domestic Abuse 

If you are being abused, threatened, physically or sexually assaulted by a partner, ex-partner or family member, this is domestic violence. It is important, understand you are not to blame and get help and support. There are a range of organisations locally and nationally that can provide help and support, and explore the options available to you

Anyone can experience domestic violence and it can happen in any relationships.

In an emergency always call the police by dialling 999 (minicom 0800 112 999) if you are at risk or in immediate danger. Otherwise, call the police on 101. 

Rise provides support for women, children, young people and families affected by domestic violence in Brighton & Hove and across West Sussex. You can call them on (01273) 622822

Survivors’ Network provides support and help for female survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and delivers the independent sexual violence advisory service for men as well as women. If you need help, contact them on (01273) 203380 or email at admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk 

There are also other domestic and national helplines listed on the official Brighton and Hove government website

Suicide Prevention 

Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) for Brighton and Hove provide an urgent response service to the people of Brighton & Hove when they feel they are in a crisis and are at immediate risk of harming themselves or others. 

The examples of urgent mental health problems are:

  • at high risk of suicide, with specific intent to act
  • at high risk to self or others
  • significant mental health concerns
  • require immediate attention

If you need help or you know anyone who does, you can call on: 0300 304 0078, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also visit their official website

Alcohol and drugs advice

Even though the services aren’t available in person and no one can go to the support centres or meetings, various services are still functioning online that help people regarding drug and alcohol.

 If you’re worried about your alcohol or drug consumption and relapse, please get in touch with the people that can help.

You can contact Change Grow Live on 01273 731900 or email on brighton.info@cgl.org.uk. You can also visit the official website for more information

You can also visit the Brighton and Hove official government website for any help related to drug or alcohol misuse

Foodbanks

In response to Covid-19 pandemic, various food banks around Brighton and Hove have volunteered to help, support and donate to the ones in need. Brighton and Hove Food Partnership have gathered a list of services provided during these unforeseen circumstances. 

There are services for people who need low cost or free meals and there are also ones that can deliver food to people at risk. For more information about it visit their website

Advice for pregnant women and new mums

Being pregnant or having a newborn is always a difficult time but at a time like this with limited resources, it’s even more difficult. 

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists has released official guidelines to outline information for pregnant women and new mums surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19.

You can find the tips on how to deal with pregnancy and post-pregnancy situation during the lockdown on their official website