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University life is exhilarating, but it can be stressful. It’s really important to look after your wellbeing and mental health. On this page, we have collected a number of links to resources and wellbeing services to support you when you need it.

On this page:

Our union support servicesThe University’s support servicesNon-emergency contacts off-campusEmergency contacts off-campusTrans and Non-Binary contacts - In BrightonTrans and Non-Binary contacts - Across the UKExternal counselling and mental health servicesBlack, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) studentsCommunity OrganisersInternational StudentsStudent ParentsCare-experienced studentsStudents with disabilitiesOther linksCovid-19Stay Active



Students' Union support services

Our Advice team provides support and guidance on University-related issues and housing for every Sussex student. And if it’s not an area we cover, then we can point you in the right direction to get the help you need.


The University’s support services

  • Student Life Centre: The first place for Sussex students to visit (virtually or in person) when you have questions, queries, worries or concerns. It is located at the north end of Bramber House.
    Email: [email protected] Call: +44 (0)1273 876767
     
  • Student Support Unit: A team of specialist Disability Advisors and administrators providing confidential information and advice to current and future students on disability-related study support and accessing disability-related funding
    Email: [email protected]
     
  • Student Hub: The Student Hub on the University’s website contains all the specific information that you might need as a Sussex student - from academic information (timetables, appeals and more) to travel and financial (scholarships, funding etc).


Non-emergency contacts off-campus

  • Mind (01273 66 69 50) : Mental health support, advice and advocacy in Brighton and Hove
  • Survivors Network (01273 203380) : Support for survivors of sexual violence.
  • The Samaritans (116 123) : Offer over the phone support for a range of issues.
  • Sussex Mental Health Helpline (0300 5000 101) : Telephone support from mental health professionals.
  • Brighton Voices in Exile (01273 328598) : Offers support for asylum seekers, refugees and those with indefinite leave to remain.
  • RISE: A charity helping women experiencing domestic abuse
  • National Stalking Helpline: Advice and advocacy for people experiencing stalking
     

Emergency contacts off-campus

  • If the person you are concerned about is off-campus and you feel the situation is an emergency, call 999.
  • If you think that the person is at immediate risk of harming themselves or others, then call 999 straight away. You can also contact the emergency out of hours campus security number for students living off-campus, on 02089 383873.
  • Mental Health Rapid Response Service (0300 304 0078): Offers rapid assessment service for patients suffering from mental health problems who are at risk and may not be able to keep themselves safe, or are considering attending A+E for help with their mental health. MHRRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and health professionals, carers or patients can ring for advice.


Trans and Non-Binary contacts

- In Brighton

  • Clare Project: A transgender support and social group based in Brighton and Hove, open to anyone wishing to explore issues around gender identity.
     
  • Navigate Brighton: A group for transgender men, trans masculine people, genderqueer people, non-binary people, those assigned intersex and/or female at birth that fit somewhere else on or off the spectrum or those who are questioning their gender identity. Navigate provides a social space, support, advice and co-ordinate local campaigns relevant to those they support. Also see their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NavigateBrighton
     
  • Transformers: An offshoot of the Allsorts Youth project, catering specifically to trans-identified youth and young people questioning their gender identity. 01273 721211 / [email protected].
    See their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TransformersTransYouthBrighton
     
  • Trans Alliance: The Brighton Trans Alliance was formed in 2012 as a not for profit group in order for the trans organisations of Brighton & Hove to have a space to share information, support each other and work together. The alliance is made up of The Clare Project, Navigate Brighton, Trans Pride and trans representatives from other groups and projects.
     
  • Terrence Higgins Trust: Free HIV and sexual health information, support and advice, free condoms, STI testing, HIV testing (including postal testing kits) and access to support groups.
    01273 764200
     
  • LGBT Drug and Alcohol Services
    Supports LGBT people over 18 wishing to address their substance misuse.
    01273 607575 / 07717 774 658
    [email protected]
     
  • Sussex Police LGBT Liaison Team
    [email protected]
    www.sussex.police.uk/lgbt
    https://www.facebook.com/lgbt.caseworker
    https://www.facebook.com/pcrich.bridger
     
  • Allsorts: Weekly drop-ins, monthly social groups, 121 support and volunteering opportunities for young people under the age of 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure.
    01273 721211 / [email protected]
     
  • MindOut: Provides a service for LGBT people experiencing mental health difficulties. 121 advice, information and advocacy, peer support groups (including a suicide prevention group).
    01273 234839 (confidential answerphone) / [email protected]
     
  • RISE: Domestic abuse charity which also provides specialist advice and support service to LGB&T people in Brighton and Hove.
    07581 466 438 / [email protected]


Trans and Non-Binary contacts

- Across the UK



External counselling and mental health services

If you are in need of therapy and can afford to pay, there is a therapist search facility on the BACP website www, bacp.co.uk (umbrella organisation in the UK for qualified counsellors).

See more contacts and services on campus and beyond who might be able to help.

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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students

We want to ensure that our students of colour have a safe and trustworthy way in which to share their thoughts and concerns with us and the University. Our Race Equity Advocates, along with our Community Organisers, provide peer to peer support for ethnic minority students.

Race Equity Advocates are not trained as counsellors, therapists or mediators but can give anonymous feedback on the experiences of students of colour to the senior management for their school.

Please contact the advocate for your school to schedule a call if you would like to speak to someone and have your concerns raised:

BAME Society

Sussex has a brand new BAME Students' Society. Join them:

on Instagram: @BAMEsussex

on Facebook: @SussexBAMESociety/

There are also a number of cultural, faith and community based societies that are offering support networks during this difficult time.
 

Are there other resources for BAME students that I can access?

You can find support and helpful resources tailored for the BAME community in the padlet that we have put together for you here.

The Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) are based in Brighton and are offering to help the BAME community with both practical (i.e shopping) and emotional support, you can contact them on 0300 303 1171 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected]
 


The Community Organisers - who are they and how can I get in touch with them?

Our Community Organisers are a diverse group of students who reach out and listen to members of their community and motivate them to build their collective power, tackle the issues affecting them and create positive change. Before the pandemic, organisers held 121s and group meetings in person. They are now doing that online.

You may want to speak to another student about what it's like to be a student at Sussex, what makes you angry and what you value. Whether you are still on campus, back home or elsewhere - we'd love to connect with you and make your voice heard by the Students' Union and the University.

Contact details:


International students

Support for International students about life in the UK
Email [email protected]
www.student.sussex.ac.uk/international

Advice about immigration & visa applications
Email [email protected]

Buddy Scheme
Make friends with current Sussex students: www.buddyscheme.com

International Students Officer
Your Elected Students' Union officer represents the interests of International students at Sussex.
Email [email protected]

See more information from the Students' Union about life in the UK and settling in as an International student.
 


Student Parents

It's challenging trying to look after yourself under the current circumstances when you are also caring for your children. They may be finding the whole situation strange and worrying too. Please see some helpful services below, catering to the mental health needs of parents as well as children.

Young Minds

Young Minds focuses on the mental health issues of children, recognising that many children have troublesome worries and fears. They publish a huge range of information to help parents, carers or other professionals who are worried about a child. They have a monthly magazine that anyone is free to subscribe to, which provides up to date information and advice. They also provide a parent helpline and publish regular leaflets on specific issues to help parents.

More information can be found on the website or phone the helpline:

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Young Minds Parents Information Service: 0800 802 5544

Family Lives

Family Lives offer a free and confidential helpline for anyone involved in caring for children. It offers listening, support, information and guidance on all issues of concern. Parenting classes and workshops for parents to share ideas and learn new skills are also offered. The website contains a range of information, including leaflets on family related issues.

Website: www.familylives.org.uk

Helpline: 0808 800 2222

Parent Lifeline

Parent Lifeline is a helpline which offers emotional support and understanding for parents under stress. This helpline can also put parents in touch with further help if they wish.

Website: www.parentlifeline.org.uk

Helpline: 0114 272 6575 (Mon-Fri: 9am-1pm, 7.00pm-11.00pm)
 


Care-experienced students

The University's Student Life Centre is geared toward supporting care leavers. See their page for information on getting a dedicated Student Life Advisor, as well as support with finances, housing, graduation and more: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/issues/careleavers

For careers advice, the dedicated contact at the University's Careers Centre is: [email protected]
 


Students with Disabilities

The University's Student Support Unit has a team of specialist Disability Advisors and administrators providing confidential information and advice to current and future students on disability-related study support and accessing disability-related funding.
Email: [email protected]

At the Students' Union, we are involved with the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme, supporting those with hidden disabilities.

You can make contact with your Students with Disabilities Part-time Officer, Matt Pritchard, at: [email protected].
Find out more about all your Students' Union Officers and their remits.

See our Disability statement.



More links and resources on mental wellbeing


Covid-19

For those in isolation during Covid-19

  • Stay connected and maintain your social networks online
  • Try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines
  • Pay attention to your own needs and feelings - engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing
  • Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food
  • Keep things in perspective - public health agencies and experts in all countries are working on the outbreak to ensure the availability of the best care to those affected

Essential info on the Covid-19 situation


Stay Active

It can be really helpful for your wellbeing to stay active as much as you can whether you’re new to sport or want to try something different.

Have a look at Active US, a joint project from the Students' Union and Sussexsport, for a variety of activities you can join.

We offer a range of drop-in weekly wellbeing activities with no commitment, no membership and no experience needed: from dog walking, to netball, football, badminton and much more - there's something for everyone.

Find out more on the University website


Our union support servicesThe University’s support servicesNon-emergency contacts off-campusEmergency contacts off-campusTrans and Non-Binary contacts - In BrightonTrans and Non-Binary contacts - Across the UKExternal counselling and mental health servicesBlack, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) studentsCommunity OrganisersInternational StudentsStudent ParentsCare-experienced studentsStudents with disabilitiesOther linksCovid-19Stay Active