Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Support for Children & Young People (CYP)

What we offer

Who are we?

The CYP Wellbeing Service is the hub for all mental health referrals for young people in Brighton & Hove, including CAMHS. It is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What do we do?

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

  • Children & young people aged 4-17: You’ll find support options for this age group below. Referrals can be made using the forms on the right.

  • Young people aged 18-25: Click here to view the support options for this age group. Referrals can be made from that page.

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... maybe because you are feeling…

  • Sad, depressed or bad about yourself

  • Worried, anxious or panicky

  • Afraid (fears or phobias)

Severe mental health difficulties means that it is very difficult to get through your day-to-day life as a result of your mental health. If we feel this is the case for you, 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.

If you have questions about referrals or confidentiality, read our FAQs.

What kind of support is available for children & young people?

We currently have nine different support options available. Click on the images below to find out more.