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

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...

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate Halloween, we gave our teens makeup and cameras. Did you know that over half of adolescents struggle with low self-esteem and negative body image? Brighton5 is working to change that. We hope you enjoy our film that celebrates positive body image. Happy Halloween!

The antidote to “Instagram Face”

Happy weekend! This week we got a few of our teens and pre-teens together to create a special #HallowTeen film that celebrates their creativity and got them thinking outside the usual focus on the “perfect body image” and “Instagram Face” (read this eye-watering article on the BBC News website if you want to know more!) – and we had great fun! As Brighton5 teen Chloe put it, “Halloween is a...

My daughter the self-harmer: Getting help

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.  It’s incredibly brave to put your private life out there in the public eye, but our blogger  mum has done just that in the hope that others will see that they’re not alone...

My daughter the self-harmer

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.  We will follow mum and daughter’s story over the next few weeks. Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter One. “Mum, I cut myself”...

A bit of inspiration and some really useful links

Hello! Here’s a quick Brighton5 Crowdfunder update and some really useful links to organisations that have helped us along the way this week. We have raised £4,250 of our target in our first week, which is hugely encouraging! We’ve been busy ticking off things on our ever-growing lists – I have post-it-notes everywhere! So far this week, we’ve edited a new blog that will be up on brighton5.com...

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