On World Mental Health Day, we officially launched Community Roots

Celebrating World Mental Health Day

Our central access point freephone number and website is now live for people to use to find out about services and resources to support their mental health and wellbeing. 

Community Roots also joined Mind in Brighton and Hove (one of our partners) on their walk across the city and at their celebration event at the Unitarian Church to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

It was a great event, supported by local mental health providers, volunteers of services and local businesses. Students from Brighton’s Institute for Contemporary Theatre also gave a stunning performance to welcome walkers as they completed their walk from the Peace Statue at Hove Lawns to the Unitarian Church on New Road.         

Anna McDevitt, from Mind in Brighton and Hove, said, “World Mental Health Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the great services available across the city for people who need support for their mental health and wellbeing. Thank you to everybody who joined our walk and celebration event, and for making it such a memorable day.”        

Funded by NHS Brighton and Hove CCG and Brighton and Hove City Council, Community Roots brings together 16 local providers to strengthen, develop and integrate mental health support for different levels of need.   

The network is provided by Sussex-based housing, care and support organisation Southdown, in partnership with Allsorts Youth Project, Assert, Brighton Women’s Centre, Cruse Bereavement Care, Fabrica, Friends, Families & Travellers, Grassroots, The Hangleton & Knoll Project, Mind in Brighton and Hove, Mind Out, Money Advice Plus, Trust for Developing Communities, Rethink, Switchboard and The Clare Project. 

Neil Blanchard, Chief Executive at Southdown, says: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this exciting stage of mental health development for Brighton and Hove. Poor mental health affects a quarter of the population and people of all ages yet with effective promotion, prevention and early intervention its impact can be reduced dramatically. Whilst we don’t underestimate the challenges ahead, we’re confident – together with our partners including people accessing services – that we can support good mental health and wellbeing across the City.”  

Linda Harrington, Commissioning Manager at NHS Brighton & Hove CCG, says: “Community Roots is an excellent opportunity to transform mental health and wellbeing support in the City; building on evidence and existing good practice. A key objective will be to improve access to support, with the service working with partners to develop a more integrated and co-ordinated network of mental health services based on the ‘no wrong door’ principle. This is supported with a ‘central point of access’ freephone number and website, which people can use to get the help they need.” 

Councillor Clare Moonan, Chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, says: “Mental health knows no boundaries; people across the city and in all walks of life can be affected. This new partnership will mean more support is available for people when and where they need it. We’re really looking forward to working with the partnership and linking services to promote mental wellbeing for all.” 


World Mental Health Day 2019