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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...

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...

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...

The Brighton5 crowdfunder is GO!

Hello friends! We’ve just launched our Brighton5 crowdfunder which has it’s official launch on Wednesday 10th October on World Mental Health Day. We want to get as many people involved in our Crowdfunder as possible and with that in mind, we’re campaigning for people to donate anything from £1 (hopefully more!) to the fund, and to pass it on – to recommend every friend and...

Device addiction hits a nerve

According to Ofcom, one in five teens spend over seven hours a day on their mobile phone, and, on average, people in the UK check their phones every 12 minutes. (Here’s a challenge: will you get to the end of this blog post without giving your mobile a sneaky peek?) These are shocking statistics. And the news that Brighton5 is working to turn the negative side of teen smartphone addiction...

More Brighton5 news

We hosted the lovely folk from BBC South East today for an interview. Given a fair wind it should be on TV tonight (Tuesday) at 6.30pm, so look out for us! The focus was on device addiction and our teens spoke eloquently about the impact their phones have on their lives and how Brighton5 is working to make a positive change – helping teens to understand the positives and negatives of their...

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