Brighton5 teens on Brighton seafront
Brighton5
is a reaction to the growing problems young people are facing – there is a mental health crisis that is showing no sign of going away. It is a crisis that is particularly affecting girls – one in four has depression before they are 14.

Brighton5 is bringing local teenagers together to create
and produce video content that will be distributed through schools and colleges. Teens will share their stories in a positive, creative and safe environment to gain an understanding of issues that affect their mental health such as device addiction, self harm and negative body image. They will learn skills in production, animation and music. They will build relationships and work with expert adult mentors. We are determined to make positive change.

Latest stories

Catch up: Our BBC Sussex ‘parenting teens’ feature

Parents Harry and Daisy discuss what it’s like to parent teens on BBC Sussex radio Listen to Make (Good) Trouble’s feature on BBC Sussex with Kathy Caton: Make (Good) Trouble was invited to be part of The Big Takeover with Kathy Caton last Monday for a special feature on BBC Sussex radio. We brought along parents Daisy, Harry and Jane, as well as Rosie Scott from Hove Park school...

NEWS! We have a special feature on BBC Sussex radio!

Make (Good) Trouble is bringing parents together this Monday evening to talk about parent-teen communication. Three parents and a school-based art therapist will join BBC Radio Sussex’s Kathy Caton to discuss the triggers, flare ups and tips to help everyone get on better. Tune in to BBC Sussex radio for our half hour feature from 9pm – a live round table discussion on parenting teens...

Social media: Do you know what you’ve signed up for?

Hands up if you’ve read the Terms & Conditions when you signed up for a social media account (or anything else online for that matter!)? The Children’s Commissioner tested social media platforms’ terms & conditions out on children and none of the kids they asked understood them. Did you know that: “Snapchat can publically display or sell any content young person...

The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

We’re holding a special event as part of the Spring Forward Festival, a month-long celebration of the role of women in digital culture and runs throughout March in parallel with Women’s History Month. The speed of technological change has created a landscape that often makes little sense to today’s parents. How do teens understand technology? Has it rewired the teenage brain? Is the...

Teens and screen time

Brighton5 founder Daisy Cresswell was a guest on BBC Sussex this morning talking to presenter Danny Pike about  screen time,  parenting and how social media companies need to change. Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield has today written an open letter to social media organisations about this very issue, She discussed how Brighton5 is teaching children how social media platforms work and...

We hit our Crowdfunder target!

Running a Crowdfunder has been all-consuming. It’s meant putting everything else on hold to rally round and badger people for money and help with getting the word out. We’ve been so humbled by the way everyone has pitched in and got involved. But thankfully it was all worth it – last night we reached our target! This means that we have the funds to get going with our project...

It’s our last crowdfunding day and we need you!

Our Brighton5 Crowdfunder ends at 2 minutes to midnight tonight (Sunday 18th November) and it’s all-or-nothing. So this is a last call to arms! A plea to help us get the message out there and find our final backers to get us over the line and hit our target. If you could spend just 10 minutes today, calling, texting and WhatsApping your friends, you could post a link to the Brighton5...

My daughter the self-harmer: “She is addicted to social media”

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help.  Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter five: “She is addicted to social media” Can I say what caused my daughter’s self-harming...

My daughter the self-harmer: “I’ve stopped having any life of my own”

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help.  Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter four: “I stopped having any life of my own” My daughter has been self-harming for a while...

My daughter the self-harmer: The CAMHS appointment

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help. Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter three: The CAMHS appointment We were told there could be a really long wait for the CAMHS...

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