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. Make a pledge and help us make a change.

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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...

Watch Brighton5 on ITV Meridian News

We’re on the telly! Yesterday morning we were interviewed by Malcolm Shaw from ITV Meridian News for a piece about Brighton5. Our teens, Lola and Chloe joined us and we were super impressed with how they performed in front of the camera. And thanks to Biba for stepping in last minute as our camera person! Tell us what you think in the comments below and, more importantly, please share the...

We’re in the news! Pass it on…

We’re making a concerted effort over the next few weeks and months to raise our profile and drum up interest in Brighton5. Read all about it! We’re getting ready for our first project, to create and produce video content for local schools and colleges. Our teens will learn skills in production, animation and music. They will work in teams, building relationships, and with expert...

This isn’t our company, it’s theirs

We have a WhatsApp group for the core team involved in Brighton5. Most days we share one or more news stories about the current mental health crisis that is affecting teens in the UK. A recent article reported that there had been a sharp rise in under-19s being treated by NHS mental health services. The article states: “There were a total of 389,727 “active referrals” for people aged 18 or...

The joys of getting Brighton5 off the ground

The joys of managing a start-up, social enterprise project are all now making themselves apparent. We’ve been knee-deep in spreadsheets, budgets, video edits, meetings and research, research, research. It’s been a fascinating if exhausting time! Firstly a huge thank you to those who’ve answered our last-minute calls for help with everything from budget forecasting, legal to editing and music! One...

Brighton’s kids and safeguarding staff need support NOW

As part of our ongoing research for Brighton5, we speak to those responsible for supporting children in some of Brighton’s biggest schools and colleges. We’re particularly interested in children’s mental health, one of our core focuses for the project. A recurring theme in our discussions is the lack of preventative approaches (and immediate referral support and resources). This...

Crowdfunder filming is done. Here’s what happened…

On Saturday we filmed our crowdfunder video in Brighton. I hadn’t slept properly all week I was so nervous. In my head we only had one shot of getting it right, despite being told by all around me that we can edit or re-shoot if necessary. It would be the first time I would hand over control to strangers, when I had been the only person living and breathing this project on a full time basis...

Roll on Saturday – we’re filming

We’ve been keeping an eye on the weather as Saturday approaches. It’s D-Day for filming our crowdfunder. We’ve been amazed at the huge amount of support people have given us, from directing the shoot, providing equipment and speaking on camera to photographing the events of the day and offering to make teas. (Thank you all!) Some of our teens have even signed up for getting up...

We must teach teens to ask questions of social platforms

The on-going revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s doings has made me wonder how much attention teens are paying to what it all really means for them. When I asked my teen what she thought of it all when the revelations broke, she was non-plussed. What revelations? And whilst we’ve seen myriad news and think pieces about the issues, how much of it is aimed at the heaviest users of...

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