About UOK

About us

UOK Brighton & Hove is a partnership of 18 community services working together to support good mental health and wellbeing. Our mission is to help people find and receive the support you need at the right time, and to promote good mental wellbeing for all. We are your connection to local mental health and wellbeing support in the city.

Our services cover a range of options, from group workshops to money advice and bereavement care. Everything we offer is free of charge. Through everything we do, UOK Brighton & Hove aim to maximise hope, independence and resilience so that people can manage their mental health and realise their full potential.

Getting in touch

To help people navigate and access services, we have a Central Access Point. If you or someone you know needs support, please give us a call on 0808 1961768. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays). Or you can email us at chat@uok.org.uk.

More about us

The UOK Brighton & Hove partnership is delivered by Southdown, the largest not-for-profit support, care and housing provider in Sussex, and funded by NHS Sussex and Brighton & Hove City Council. We unite organisations to provide a range of mental health and wellbeing services.

As well as working together, Southdown and UOK Brighton & Hove’s partner organisations work with other partners in the mental health and wider health and care system (both clinical and non-clinical services).

How we do things

Based on the recovery model for mental health, our services have a holistic, person-centered approach to mental health care that focuses on the person, not just their symptoms.

The concept of recovery is about people staying in control of their life despite their mental health challenges. Our services include prevention, wellbeing and recovery support for people with a range of mental health challenges. Support for carers and families is available too.

Did you know?

At any one time, one in four adults will experience mental health challenges significant enough to adversely affect their health and wellbeing, potentially threatening their job, relationship or home.

In Brighton and Hove, more people have mental health issues compared to the national average and there are higher rates of suicide deaths. 12.9% (35,700 people) are on GP practice depression registers and 1.3% (4,300 people) have severe mental illness. (Source: Brighton & Hove City Council’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment).

UOK East Sussex

In April, UOK East Sussex was launched – a network of community mental health support provided in partnership by Southdown and East Sussex County Council. Information on services and support provided as part of UOK East Sussex will be shared on this website very soon. In the meantime, visit Southdown’s website and the East Sussex Mental Health Directory for information.

Currently, Southdown deliver most of the services commissioned under UOK East Sussex, including wellbeing centres, peer support, mental health support coordinators (pictured), social prescribing, and employment support. The network also includes a drop-in centre provided by Seaview and service user engagement activity provided by Possability People. Over the next five years, Southdown will sub-contract to work with an increasing number of other local not-for-profit and charity organisations.