Support Services & Signposting

  • Longhill High School Support Services
  • External Support Services
  • In the Community

Longhill High School Support Services

This information is currently being updated. If you have any enquiries about support services, email or telephone 01273 304086

External Support Services

There are a variety of external organisations and agencies which are available to support both students and parents / carers. These services support a wide range of social, emotional and health related issues.

Mental Health

CAMHS and Community Wellbeing Counselling Services:
Online referral:

Online counselling for Brighton and Hove young people. Young people can self refer:

YAC Youth Advice Centre
11. St Georges Place, Brighton
Drop-in hours are 3 – 6pm Mon- Fri: Call: 01273 624432

Call: 0345 634 7650
Text: 07786 20 18 20. If you would like a call back, send us the text message ‘call back’. We aim to get back to you within 24 hours and during Youthline open hours.

Suicide and Self Harm

Beating Eating Disorders
Help for young people: The Beat Youth line is open to anyone under 25.

HopeLine UK
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786209697
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays – Our Suicide Prevention Advisers are ready to support you.

National Self-Harm Network

Prevention of young suicide
Call: 0800 068 41 41
SMS: 07786 209697

Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.
Call: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hrs 7 days a week)

Anxiety Support

Youth Helpline is a confidential helpline for those aged between 13 and 20 years old which aims to help young people with anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and the specific anxieties that young people experience.
Youth Helpline: 0330 606 1174W

Website for information and helpful strategies on various issues, including stress, anxiety, anger, depression.

Sexual Health

Morley Street CASH Service
Free and confidential service which provides counselling for people who wish to discuss sexual-health related issues or concerns.
Call: 01273 242091

Online Safety

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.

Advice and guidance about online safety.

Childnet International
Childnet work in partnership with organisations around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

Drugs and Alcohol

For children affected by a family member’s substance misuse
Call: 01273 696970

For free and confidential advice and support in relation to alcohol and drug use.
Address: ru-ok?, South Wing, 1 Regency Road, Brighton, BN1 2RU (West Street end of Regency Road)
Call: 01273 293966

Freephone 0800 77 66 00 (24 hour service, free if call from a landline and won’t show up on the phone bill, provides translation for non-English speakers)
Confidential information and advice for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s drug or solvent misuse.

Sexuality and Gender

Support for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Address: YPC, 69 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE.
Phone: 01273 721211
Also for parent support, ALLSORTS hold monthly groups – contact:

Domestic Abuse / Sexual Assault

For children and families affected by domestic abuse.
Call: 01273 622822

Survivors Network
sexual assault / abuse/ unwanted sexual contact (14+)


Winstons Wish
The Winston’s Wish Freephone National Helpline is a vital support tool for those coping with bereavement. It is manned by trained clinical practitioners and is free and confidential.
Call: 08088 020 021 for free advice and support.

Cruse Bereavement
Tel: Helpline – 0844 477 9400
Address: 113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XGPhone: 01273 234007

Online Support, Guidance and resources

Information about children’s and young people’s mental health, how to understand what might be going on for them and how to support them.

Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours) | online chat | message boards
Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects.

Children’s legal centre
Child Law Advice Line 08088 020 008 (freephone)
The Children’s Legal Centre is a charity that promotes children’s rights and gives legal advice and representation to children and young people.

Straight talk on mental health medication. Look up your medication to find out about side effects and things you might not feel comfortable asking your GP about, and listen to other people’s experiences.

Essential support for under 25’s and
is an online guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds. It provides non-judgemental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs.

0800 1111 – get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor on the phone or online (text), send an email or post on the message boards.

Sussex Mental Health Line
0300500101 – for support and advice about concerns about your own or someone else’s emotional wellbeing (5pm to 9am and 24hours at weekends and holidays)

In the Community

There are a range of articles published on our news feed which feature helpful advise and support for parents and carers:

Active Sussex: Spotlight

Posted in In the Community

Please see the attached case study from Active Sussex regarding Longhill Sports Centre’s work with ‘The Racket Pack’

Safety Rocks Newsletter

Posted in In the Community

Safety Rocks Newsletter (Summer Term) Here is the Summer Term edition of the Safety Rocks newsletter, brought to you by Safety Net, a local children’s charity, bringing you up to date information on safety and well-being issues for primary aged children. In this edition: Anti-bullying week, we look at this year’s theme ‘choose respect’; Read… Read more

From Nothing to Something Rather Lovely

Posted in Latest News

With a little imagination, a bunch of willing helpers and some recycling know-how, it’s possible to make something out of nothing, as our Focus Centre students and staff have shown us recently.  Here is their story: Once upon a time there was a grotty yard at the side of the Focus Centre which resembled the… Read more

Quiz Night’s a Winner for Saltdean Lido!

Posted in Latest News

A fabulous evening was enjoyed by all at the Longhill Quiz Night recently.  The quiz was organized by Finance Manager, Kim Hazell, to raise money for our much-loved local landmark, the Saltdean Lido. Over 120 staff, friends and members of the local community came along for an evening of brain-testing fun, with a fiendishly difficult… Read more

Students Receive Top Marks on ‘HoveWatch’ Course

Posted in Latest News

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service give regular safety lessons to students at Longhill High School and, as part of a new initiative, they recently invited two of our students to attend HoveWatch, being held at Hove Fire Station.  The course consisted of 5 day-long sessions over the period of a month, the aim of… Read more

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