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Criminal Justice

C/o St. Richard's Community Centre
Egmont Road
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Monday - Thursday :
9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday - Sunday :

MENDOS provides support, information and advocacy for people aged 18+ who live in Brighton and Hove, who have mental health challenges who are involved with the criminal justice system.

We work with people who are on probation, going through the courts, or have recently been released from prison or discharged from secure psychiatric hospitals.

You can download our MENDOS service leaflets and referral form from the 'Our downloads' section below.

MENDOS can help you get back into the community after discharge from probation services or prison. Through joint working with other partners and services locally.

We can provide a range of support. This can include:

• Connect with you through 12 weeks of one-to-one support.
• Information about your rights.
• Support your learning through education, training or volunteering opportunities.
• Support you in being active with information about debts and housing services.
• Support with statutory benefits and grants.
• Give you self-help tools and coping strategies.
• Provide advice and signpost to appropriate services relating to your medication diagnosis and other treatment.
• Provide peer support courses / workshops

How our service is funded

The majority of the service is part of UOK Brighton & Hove, which is funded by NHS Brighton and Hove CCG and Brighton and Hove City Council, and provided by Southdown in partnership with 16 local mental health and wellbeing organisations. UOK was previously known as Community Roots.

UOK s is a network of local services committed to supporting good mental health and well-being for all in Brighton and Hove. Alongside support to help people manage their mental health and well-being and live the life they want to, a ‘central point of access’ phone number and website is available to help people navigate and access services. Over the next five years (2019 to 2024), there will be a phased transformation of support, which will include the development of new services and initiatives.

You can find out more about UOK by clicking here


Useful Resources, Training and Factsheets

We have collated information on a range of useful booklets, factsheets, training course and video about suicide.

This includes

  • How to cope with suicidal thoughts
  • Criminal Convictions 
  • Prisoners and Suicidal Thoughts
  • Criminal Courts and Mental Health
  • Planning for Release from Prison

You can view the whole range  by clicking here


What do you think of us?

Friends & Family Test

We really value the feedback of people who come into contact with our service.

You can visit this link to complete one quick question anonymously to let us know your views.

Select South East from the 'Region' drop down box and then select 'MENDOS' to enter your feedback.

Alternatively you can give us feedback by

  • calling us on 01273 709060
  • emailing us at sos.mendos@rethink.org
  • speaking to one of our team in a group or 121 support session
  • making a complaint on our website here


My Journey from Suicide to Hope - a message for men by men

Our Rethink Brighton SOS service created a film with five men who experienced suicide to highlight male suicide and encourage men to talk about how they’re feeling

This video was funded by Brighton and Hove Council.

The video is 16 minutes long and may be difficult to watch if you are feeling down.

Take a look at the video below.