Online Support

Online Support Live Chat

Our Chat Support Service is for people aged 18 and over

Chat to us or leave us a message through the chat box in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

The service is run by LGBTQ affirmative mental health trained volunteers.

Every Monday
3:00pm – 5:00pm (we aim to provide volunteers who are People of Colour)

Every Tuesday
3:00pm – 5:00pm (we aim to provide volunteers who are Trans/Non-binary)

Every Wednesday
3:00pm – 5:00pm (general LGBTQ support)

Outside of these times you can also contact our partner the Samaritans for online chat/helpline support

Call 999 for medical or other emergencies, or 111 for fast medical advice.

Contact one of our Online Support Workers in confidence - see the box in the bottom right hand corner.

Resources On Mental Health

Mental Health Support

If you need support or help with your own or someone else's mental health, then there are a range of options. See below for further details.

If you are in a crisis, you can

  • go to your local A&E Department
  • call the Mental Health Rapid Response Service 0300 304 0078 (24-hr number)
  • call or text the Samaritans: call 116 123 (24 hours & free from both landlines and mobiles) or text 07725 909 090

There is a list HERE of further contacts to make.

You can ask both of these to refer you to mental health services, and ask them to tell you about any LGBTQ specific mental health support in your area.

Local Services

BHT’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Service in partnership with Right Here Brighton & Hove and BHT’s Threshold Women’s Services aim to support people to improve and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.

Threshold provides support to women with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress, chronic low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, parenting issues, birth trauma and perinatal depression.

Mind in Brighton and Hove provide peer support, advocacy and wellbeing services.

Click HERE for comprehensive directory of more services.

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust provide local NHS mental health services.


Southdown Mental Health Recovery offer mental health and wellbeing services including The Recovery College, Preston Park Recovery Centre and employment support.

Independent Complaints Advocacy Service: A free and independent service that can help you make a complaint about your National Health Service (NHS) care or treatment.

National Services

Buckingham Road Drop-In Service Mental Health Centre providing advice, support and groups for issues such as self harm and hearing voices

Mental Health Foundation UK’s leading mental health research, policy and service improvement charity.

Mind Mind provides information on a range of topics including types of mental distress, where to get help, drug and alternative treatments and advocacy. Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393

Mind in Brighton and Hove The local branch of Mind

NHS 111 Helpline: 111 Opening hours: 24hours. National nurse led helpline providing medical advice. The NHS Direct website has useful pages containing information about all aspects o

Rethink Practical advice & information about issues such as; therapy and medication, benefit, debt, money issues, rights under the Mental Health Act. Phone 0207 840 318 Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm cost of a local call. Not open Bank Holidays.

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust The local NHS mental health services

The Gender Trust The largest registered charity (no. 1088150) helping trans people and all those affected by gender identity issues. The Gender Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity.

Threshold Womens’ counselling and creche service.

Further help:

For a list of useful sexual health, drug and alcohol services in Brighton and Hove, click HERE

For information on specialist HIV services in East Sussex, west Sussex and Brighton and Hove, click HERE

You can download a leaflet on the community HIV specialist service HERE

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