Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Support for Children & Young People

What we offer

The CYP (Children and Young People) part of the Wellbeing Service is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What do we do?

We offer a range of short-term support options for children and young people aged 4-25 with mild to moderate mental health needs. All referrals are looked at on a case-by-case basis.

What does “mild to moderate” mean?

Mild mental health difficulties tends to mean that your mental health has some impact on day-to-day life and moderate means there is a fairly significant impact on your day-to-day life. This could mean that you're sometimes finding it difficult to engage positively with things like school/work, friendships, family etc... due to feelings like worry, low mood and stress.

Severe mental health difficulties means that it is very difficult to get through day-to-day life as a result of your mental health. If we feel this is the case we will support a referral on to another service that would be better suited to your needs e.g. the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) or Assessment Treatment Service (ATS).

What don’t we do?

  • We don’t diagnose, prescribe or offer medication reviews.
  • We don’t offer urgent response or crisis management support.
  • We don’t work with children or young people who are presenting with moderate to severe mental health needs.
  • We don’t work with young people who do not consent to our support.
  • We don’t offer specialist support around complex trauma or bereavement.
  • We are not able to offer counselling for specific trauma events where a specialist service should provide care e.g. domestic violence, bereavement.
  • We don’t offer family therapy.
  • We are not able to offer long term treatment.
  • We don’t offer ADHD/ASC assessments.

what support is available?

We currently have nine different support options available:


If you are aged 18 or over (or you are making a referral for someone aged 18 or over), please complete a referral form for the Adult Wellbeing Service.