The Mental Health Foundation have a variety of online resources to help you, including a range of free, downloadable leaflets.
Sussex Young Witness Service (YWS) is a specialist service in supporting children and young people aged 18 and under who are required to give evidence in a Crown Court trial. YWS have specialist trained caseworkers, volunteers and staff who are able to work with children and young people requiring support during any part of the criminal justice process. Our service is confidential and free.
YWS supports young witnesses, their families, social workers, keyworkers and friends. In addition, YWS provide home visits, pre-court visits, support on the day of the trial and post- trial support and assistance with Criminal Injuries Compensation applications.
If you require support at Crown Court or any further information please do not hesitate to contact YWS.
Lifecentre provides specialist sexual abuse counselling for ALL ages and genders, based in Crawley, Worthing and Chichester. Contact us to make a referral or visit our website for more information. Play therapy is available for the youngest children. Telephone and text helplines available for all survivors and their supporters.
Internet Watch Foundation works to remove child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world and non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK. You can report to them here: https://report.iwf.org.uk/en
For those under 25 years old: The West Sussex Under 25s Drug & Alcohol Service offers flexible, confidential treatment and support for young people aged up to 24 years. Young people are offered appointments at a venue which suits them and drop-ins are held around the county, including FindItOut Centres.
Barnardo’s B You service specialise in working directly with children and young people, up to the age of 18 years old who are at risk of or abused through sexual exploitation.
Their direct work sessions are flexible and focused on the individual’s needs. They aim to help young people to explore their situation in a way that is most comfortable for them.
Professionals, parents/carers and young people can find out more on how to refer into the service, by following the link to the website.
B You Service also provide training packages for professionals in raising awareness in the area of Child Sexual Exploitation and how best to support children and young people
YMCA WiSE works across Brighton and Hove and East Sussex to support children and young people to stay safe in their relationships. We can provide support to children and young people up to the age of 25 who need and want our help. This might be through one to one work with a YMCA WiSE Project Worker, joint support with an existing professional involved in the child or young person’s life, group work or outreach. We also provide training and awareness raising workshops to schools, community and voluntary sector organisations, local authority teams, police, health practitioners and through the LSCB training programme.
The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. You do not need an appointment.
- We are a service available to anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend.
- We provide support for people experiencing distress. Please note this is a limited service, if you are in urgent need of help see urgent help in a crisis.
Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex [RCSAS] is a specialist woman-only Rape Crisis centre based in the Crawley area. They provide expert and confidential support for all female survivors of sexual violence aged 13+ in East Surrey and Sussex who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any point in their lives. Their core services are face-to-face counselling that lasts up to a year provided by fully qualified female professional counsellors; an advocacy or ISVA service that supports survivors before and through the criminal justice process; an outreach service; and support for women affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). RCSAS also runs a monthly support and wellbeing group for BME and migrant women.
Counselling Plus is a charity which offers confidential counselling to people aged 16 years plus, in the local area, at such times of stress, change, pain or loss. One of our main aims is to provide an affordable service for those on low income or living on benefits.
We offer; One to One Counselling, Counselling for young people from age 16 years , Specialist counselling for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted (referred by the Saturn Centre), Specialist counselling for those affected by childhood sexual abuse, Specialist counselling for people who have attempted suicide and those affected by suicide, Anger Management Groups, Couple Counselling.
Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) is a substance misuse service for women and families in the heart of Brighton. We exist to support and empower women who have difficulties with drink or drugs to make positive changes in their lives.
We also provide services for children and young people who have been affected by problematic drug or alcohol use in their family and have the Sex Workers’ Outreach Project Sussex (SWOP). SWOP Sussex is a discreet and confidential service for women, including trans women, working in the sex industry. You can access our service if you live or work in Sussex. We understand the many different reasons that women work in the sex industry. We will not assume you want to give up sex work or make any judgements about your situation and your choices.
Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime, not only victims, but their friends, family and any other people involved. Because we're an independent charity, you can talk to us whether or not you reported the crime to the police. We can help you find the strength to deal with what you've been through.
Covering the whole of West Sussex, Victim Support also have a Hate Incident Support Service. This is a third party reporting centre & work to support victims of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents by providing emotional and practical support. We take Self Referrals, Agency Referrals and Referrals from the Police.
Our extensive knowledge of domestic abuse, child protection and stalking issues inform our educational, legal and therapeutic expertise, which qualify us to offer a comprehensive and unique service to our clients. We aim to empower and enable individuals to make informed decisions within the criminal and family justice systems and encourage professional responsibility to ensure the decision making process is centred on client/victim best interests.
It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel, or what has happened. If you feel that things are getting to you, get in touch.
We know a lot about what can help you through tough times.
We can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.
Based in Hastings and Rother. Provide information and a listening service to the LGBT community through the helpline. Support, and assistance with the reporting process, are provided for individuals who report homophobic hate incidents and this service allows individuals to remain anonymous in their reports.
Southdown was established in 1972 and is one of the largest not-for-profit specialist providers of care, support and housing services for vulnerable people in Sussex. They support over 8,000 people each year and offer a wide range of innovative services for local communities, including:
- Housing; they are a specialist housing provider and Landlord for over 600 tenants and shared owners across Sussex, providing different types of affordable housing
- Housing Support; they provide housing support services which aim to equip people with the resilience and skills to maintain their tenancy and overcome issues which places them at risk of becoming homeless
- Mental Health Recovery Services; they offer a range of building and community based recovery services across East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, for people who need support to manage their mental health, re-connect with their communities and become involved in the development of mental health services.
- Employment Services; working in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Health in Mind, DWP and RBLI they support people to achieve their aspirations and gain/retain paid employment
- Learning Disability Services; they provide accommodation, care and support for over 220 adults with learning and physical disabilities and are specialists in providing support for people with complex behavioural, communication and health needs
We are the only national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background. We provide advice and consultancy, promote health and wellbeing, work on research and policy, deliver training and much more.
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This service offers free confidential help and advice to young people and their families. ru-ok? works alongside under 18s whose lives are affected by substance misuse in Brighton & Hove. They believe in equal opportunities for all and will strive to help young people to lead safe and happy lives, whilst respecting their views, beliefs and individual needs. They offer free, confidential, expert advice and support.
InterAct helps people with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions who have been victims or witnesses to crimes. Our specialist advocates can support you through the criminal justice system, ensuring that you understand the proceedings and are able make your voice heard. We also support people to prevent them from becoming a victim of crime in the first place. The criminal justice system can be extremely difficult and intimidating to navigate, so by providing people with a trained advocate we are able to ensure they are listened to and heard.
The services for young victims listed on this website are all anonymous services, and will only take your details if you are willing to share them.
If you do choose to share your personal details, these services will talk to you about getting support for whatever happens next.
If you feel that you are in danger call 999.
If the problem is less urgent you could talk to a trusted adult or friend. This might be a parent or other family member, someone at school or a friend who can help support you.
You could also talk to a PCSO, a police officer based at your school, you could visit your local police station or call the police non-emergency number on 101.
You can also visit the websites or call any of the services found on this website.