Mental Health

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Up to 1.5 million people in the UK care for someone with a mental health problem, this can be from depression to schizophrenia to dementia. This section contains some useful contacts if you are caring for someone with a Mental Health condition.

If you are providing practical or emotional support without any payment to a family member or any other individual with mental illness you are a carer.

The Link Worker for mental health carers at Carers in Southampton is called Afifa Wardak.

Afifa Wardak

Afifa Wardak – Link Worker for Mental Health and Substance Misuse


The information listed below is for unpaid carers and also for health care professionals or other support agencies.

Whatever problems you’re facing, help is out there.

Here are two videos – Becoming a Mental Health Carer and Being a Mental Health Carer – both are available to view on the Bournemouth University YouTube channel.

Help with mental health

If you need help with your mental health, or support with caring for someone else, you can find advice on the MindRethink or Mental Health Foundation websites, or at NHS Choices.

For 24-hour support you can also call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

If you are worried that you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999 – you can ask to stay on the line while you wait for help to arrive.

Southampton Adult Mental Health Services provided by Southern Health

Specialist adult mental health services in Southampton have recently changed.

This is in response to feedback from our service users, commissioners and referrers. We want to make the care pathway simpler, safer and more responsive when people are in need. We think the new way of working achieves this.

We now have three Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) – East, Central and West. All referrals into our services will now come to these three teams during working hours (Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm).

Urgent out-of-hours referrals will be passed to our 24-hour Acute Mental Health Team.

We’ve also increased our capacity to support people out of hours who are feeling really unwell; we now have two practitioners providing crisis support instead of one and our Psychiatric Liaison Team at Southampton General is now available at weekends and evenings.

We continue to provide other specialist services such as:

  • Early Intervention in Psychosis team
  • Assertive Outreach Team
  • Custody Liaison and Diversion team
  • Psychiatric Liaison team at Southampton General Hospital
  • Rehabilitation services at Crowlin House and Forest Lodge.

Read our leaflet for more details.

Contact our teams:

East Southampton CMHT: 02380 475287 (Moorgreen Hospital)

Central Southampton CMHT: 02380 717204 (College Keep)

West Southampton CMHT: 02380 878040 (Cannon House)

Southampton’s Acute Mental Health Team: 07736 953423

Recovery College: 02380 475188

Click the image belowto download the Antelope House CIS leaflet with details of Family and Carers Free Support Service in partnership with Carers in Southampton.



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Leaflet about Family and Friends ACT Group:

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Mental Health Strategies: Advocacy tools to provide choice and control to service users


No Health Without Mental Health Document

The Be Well Mental health and wellbeing strategy is the Southampton City response to “No Health without Mental Health,” a cross government strategy for people of all ages. This strategy complements other programmes including the Prime Minister’s challenge on Dementia. It was developed by public mental health and mental health commissioners together with service users, mental health professionals, GP’s and voluntary organisations. A key principle throughout this strategy is the recognition of groups protected by the Equality Act 2010. These groups are defined by the characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Public Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Other Strategies

Southampton Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

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Other services:

Admiral Nurses Service – Dementia

They are mental health nurses specialising in dementia care. If you’re caring for someone who has dementia an Admiral nurse can offer psychological support, practical advice and information on dementia.

Helpline: 0845 257 9406
Shirley Office: 02380 834379
Address: Bitterne Park Medical Centre, Thorold Rd, Bitterne Park, SO18 1HZ

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Alzheimer’s Society

Online information for caring for a person with dementia, including everyday care, relationships, unusual behaviour, coping with care, care services, legal and financial and the dementia guide – support for carers. Also: Dementia support and information provision, singing and music groups etc. Dementia Support Worker does
home visits, helps with benefits, etc.

Local: 02380 610159
National Helpline: 0300 222 1122
Address: 40 Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, SO50 5JH

Anxiety UK  Anxiety UK Logo

Living with anyone who has an anxiety disorder can take its toll on the entire family; household routines become disrupted, forward planning of events becomes impossible, engagement in social activities is affected and the sufferers problems start to spill over into all aspects of everyday life.

We offer a useful booklet called ‘The Caregivers Guide to Anxiety’ (download only). To download the guide, click here

SmartPhone App: Stress Tips:

Anxiety UK

Bipolar UK

Our Services include: information & Support, support groups, online e-community, link mentoring, youth project, events and campaigns. Meet 2nd Thurs of the month, 19:30.

Tel: 020 7931 6480
Meetings: St Winifred’s School, 17-19 Winn Road, SO17 1EJ

BipolarOnline eCommunity
Our eCommunity is a supportive online forum for everyone affected by bipolar

Campaign Against Living Miserably

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58  (5pm–midnight, 365 days a year)


Online directory to locate local support:


Capable Creatures Peer Support Dog Walking Meet-Up


Peer Support Dog Walking Meet-Up

Are you a dog owner or dog lover with a mental health condition and interested in coming along to walk your dog with Lise & Daithí and other dog owners with mental health conditions on the Common in Southampton?

Photos courtesy of by Vlado

We invite you to meet up with us at Hawthorns, at 11.45am, every 4th Tuesday of the month, and walk on the Common. Family, personal assistants/carers and support workers are also welcome.

A chance to

  • Meet and socialise with others with a shared experience
  • Find acceptance
  • Be part of something new
  • Have your dog socialise with other dogs
  • Have fun
  • Enjoy each other’s company
  • Make new friends
  • Offer and get support
  • Get outdoors
  • Share knowledge or get support with your dog

If you would like further information or prefer to meet with someone before coming on a walk feel free to contact Lise on 023 80559163 or email or why not join our Facebook Group at

There is also an opportunity to have supported training of your dog as a Guide for The Mind assistance dog.  Details here:

Cinnamon Trust

The only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved, much needed companion animals.

A network of 15,000 volunteers “hold hands” with owners to provide vital loving care for their pets. We keep them together – for example, we’ll walk a dog every day for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, or even clean out the bird cage, etc.

When staying at home is no longer an option, our Pet Friendly Care Home Register lists care homes and retirement housing happy to accept residents with pets, and providing previous arrangements have been made with us we will take on life time care of a bereaved pet.

The Cinnamon Trust – Peace of mind for owners, love, care and safety for beloved pets. But helping 32,142 people a year with 41,342 animals and running two home from home sanctuaries costs – We need your help to make sure we’re always there.

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Citizens Advice   CitizensAdviceBureauLogo

Here is a useful leaflet from Citizens Advice on using communty resources for mental health issues.

Creative Options


When and Where We Meet

Creative Options meets at Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Road, Polygon, Southampton,SO15 2GY and at West Itchen Community Trust , The Ropewalk Centre, 53 Derby Road, Southampton, SO140DJ

Mondays for Internet cafe/drop-in and fortnightly photography group 11 – 1 p.m.  Is held at the Ropewalk Centre, £2.00 plus snack bar ‘with a song in mind’ free of charge at Central Baptist Church at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

Wednesday drop-in at Central Baptist Church 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.- variety of activities, tea and chat, snack bar – monthly groups with floristry, sewing, card-making and bi-monthly ‘wellbeing Wednesdays’ – relaxation, massage, making smoothies etc., and bi-monthly dance activities -£2.00 drop in fee, plus snack bar and cost of activities – see current programme.

Fridays – ‘Creative Options’ at Central Baptist Church – confidence building and social skills courses, art and baking – see programme for details.

There is an attendance fee of £2.00, to cover room hire costs for most activities. This includes a first drink free – other drinks are charged per cup at 30p for coffee, 20p for tea, squash and water.

What We Do

Our activities include :-

I.T. suite, crafts, games, tea and chat and snack bar.
First Attendance – ‘taster’ session free of charge including tea/coffee.
Weekly attendance fee £2.00 including first drink – other drinks charged per cup 30p coffee, 20p tea, squash and water.

Plus :-

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesday in every month, Support Group (A5 Flyer leaflet) at 1 p.m. (talking about self-help strategies and maintaining personal wellbeing).
  • 2nd Wednesday in every month, “Make ‘n‘ Mend” Group (A5 Flyer leaflet) with knitting, crochet, sewing, d.i.y., repairs, upcycling crafts, etc. At 1 p.m., ‘With a Song in Mind’ Singing and Music Group.
  • 3rd Wednesday in every month, art with the Arty Farty Group (A5 Flyer leaflet).
  • 4th Wednesday at 11 a.m., creative writing for 1 hour followed by our “Cook‘n‘ Eat” Club (A5 Flyer leaflet), providing a shared two-course meal for £5.00 including attendance fee.

Coming soon:

– WRAP : Wellness Recovery Action Programme. WRAP Development Group.

– Cookery on a Budget: Healthy Eating Club, and Baking Club, once a month, coming in September.

– Fortnightly meeting with Bev’s ‘Bits ‘n’ Bobs’, knitting and crochet tuition, which will be arranged by Bev (

Why We Exist

‘Creative Options’ is a community based project aimed at providing support, encouragement, mentoring, training and opportunities to people with diagnosed mental health issues and others experiencing psychological and emotional distress living in the community.

The main ethos of ‘creative options’ is that it is to be service-user led and driven. The purpose of setting up the project is not only to provide support and mentoring, but real opportunities for those experiencing mental health issues to use their many gifts and skills and to provide training. The purpose is eventually to form social enterprise(s) which will create profit from the activities engaged in and plough those profits back into the project for the benefit of all. It is hoped that people will be able to gain real skills and training and gain in personal confidence and self-esteem and go onto other work; either in the voluntary sector or eventually paid work.

The main purpose of ‘creative options’ is to use community based facilities to provide a space whereby people with mental health issues can come together to provide friendship and mutual encouragement and support. Activities which are undertaken will be based on the needs and wishes of those who participate. A committee will eventually be formed from service user participants and volunteers who will develop a constitution based on the agreed aims for each drop–in centre/workshop facility. The committee will work together to develop each centre. Through the committee people will be able to gain skills in learning how to work together and learn specific skills like minute taking, book-keeping, secretarial work and other skills.

“Tasty Options Bakin’ Company” is our new Social Enterprise where we aim to give people training and opportunities.

Go to Creative Options website here

Contact: Frances Heather 07850189069


Being depressed can leave you feeling low in energy, which might put you off being more active.

Regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and it’s especially useful for people with mild to moderate depression.

Please see here for information about exercise on prescription for people suffereing from depression:

In this video, an expert describes the various levels of depression, the early warning signs and the treatments available:


Depression Alliance  Depression Alliance Logo

Peer run drop in sessions for adults living with depression on Tues evenings.

Brian: 07545 187188 | Rachel – 07950 244875
Venue: Unity 12 CIC, 9-19 Rose Road, Southampton, SO14 6TE

Depression Alliance website


Ex-offenders Mentoring Solutions

Provides support and mentoring to ex-offenders Tel: 023 8021 6005 E-mail:

Exercise on Prescription

Exercise referral schemes are only for people who are sedentary or inactive and have existing health conditions or other factors[1] that put them at increased risk of ill health if the scheme meets recommended guidelines.

NICE (National Insitute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends structured exercise programmes tailored to individual need to manage, and for rehabilitation after, certain health conditions, including:


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Food and Mood

Food and Mood


Food and Mood Diary



Gardening on Prescription

Improve your wellbeing at our weekly gardening club.

If you live in the Southampton area and are experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems, why not join our weekly gardening club? Gardening on Prescription is a new GP referral scheme run by Mayfield Nurseries. Our ten week course helps to improve peoples’ wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. The course is free to attend and just requires a referral from your GP. Gardening on Prescription will run at the beginning of June, September and February, on Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm.

Here’s a taster of two sessions:

Container vegetable planting
Learn the basics of growing vegetables. Plant your own vegetable container and find out more about feeding, harvesting times and raised bed systems.

Plant knowledge and creating displays
Create a display for your garden or balcony using the various plants at Mayfield. Test your new knowledge in our gardening quiz.

For more information, please download our information leaflet, or for an informal chat, please contact Rachel Hampton, on 023 8044 7743, or

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Hearing Voices Network

For information about Hearing Voices Network and the time table of their support groups please click on the links below.

Home Instead

Alzheimers online training tools –

Tel: 01489 559007
Address: 10-14 Middle Road, Park Gate, SO31 7GH

Learning Disability

  • Information about depression in people with learning disabilities:



MindEd Logo5MindEd

MindEd for Families: NEW online advice and support you can trust

A brand new free resource for parents and carers concerned about the mental health of their child.
MindEd for Families: online advice and support you can trust
Solution Details
It contains online guidance and information you can trust including topics such as what to do in a crisis, eating disorders, risky behaviour and transition to adult services.

Is your child in crisis? Are you worried about them? Perhaps you just want some parenting tips. This site will help you understand and support your child.

About the MindEd Project

e-learning for Professionals and Volunteers

MindEd for Families was built by parents and the MindEd Consortium of professionals, funded by the Department of Education, in partnership with Health Education England. It is accredited by the NHS Information Standard.


Help with money

You can download Martin Lewis’s free guide for everyone struggling with their finances and a mental health problem. It will provide useful resources whether you’re looking for advice for yourself or for someone you care about.

You can also download a standard form for your health care provider to use to tell your creditors about your mental health problems. It helps them to give clear and relevant evidence about how your mental health affects how you deal with money. It is quick to fill in and has been recognised by major UK creditor and advice membership organisations.

If you need more direct help with your finances, there a variety of free-to-use advice and support services with many advisers trained to help those with mental health problems. Citizen’s AdviceStepchange, Christians Against Poverty and National Debtline can all help.

Get help


Morph are a group of ex and on-going drug users committed to improving things for anyone still using drugs or trying to stop. Group drop in sessions are open to everyone, and up to date meeting times are available upon contact.

Tel: 023 8021 6009 E-mail:

The Voluntary Action Centre, Kingsland Square, St Mary’s, Southampton, SO14 1NW.

Natalie House

Natalie House is a short term (one year) accommodation for adults with a mental health diagnosis. We support our clients to learn independent living skills and maintain those they already have.

Tel: 02380 220580

Pneumatic Life Centre

Offers mentoring, counselling and psychotherapy at affordable prices.

2 James Street, St Marys, Southampton, SO14 1PJ Tel: 07714 364 382 E-mail:

Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Click here to link to course:

Caring for people with psychosis and schizophrenia

Raise Wellbeing

Raise Wellbeing

Mental Health Carers Online, interactive content about topics such as:

  • Mental Health Conditions and Recovery
  • The Law and Mental Health
  • Managing Risk
  • Financial Benefits and Allowances
  • Carers Rights and Responsibilities
  • Videos of Carers personal experiences


Recovery College

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We offer courses designed to increase your knowledge and skills about recovery and self management of your mental health.

Mental illness can affect all of us. In fact, around one in four people will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives.

The Recovery College takes an educational approach to equip you with the knowledge and skills to get on with your life, despite mental illness.

Because mental illness can affect anyone, these skills are relevant to all of us whether we’re health professionals or service users – and the Recovery College welcomes all.

Enrolment takes minutes and the Recovery College offers courses all over Hampshire. You only need to enrol once and then you can book onto our courses over the phone or by email.

Enrolment takes minutes and the Recovery College offers courses all over Hampshire. You only need to enrol once and then you can book onto our courses over the phone or by email.

The Recovery College
Team Base
Room 21-22,
Tom Rudd Unit,
Moorgreen Hospital,
Botley Road,
West End,
SO30 3JB

telephone: 023 8047 5188




Southern Health Recovery Toolkit


Southampton Relate
Southampton Voluntary Services, Kingsland Square
SO14 1NW
United Kingdom

Services offered

  • Marital Counselling
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Children and Young People’s Counselling
  • Separated Parents Information Programme

Phone 023 8022 9761

Rethink Mental Illness

Who are we?

We believe a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness.

Over 40 years ago, one man bravely spoke about his family’s experiences of mental illness in a letter to the Times and in the process brought together hundreds to talk about their experiences of mental illness and support each other.

Today we directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. And we change attitudes and policy for millions.

Special section for carers, family and friends
Much of the information is designed for people who know someone who has a mental illness. Our Diagnosis & Treatment section and Living with mental illness sections are more designed for people directly affected. Although some information is written with a particular reader in mind, all of it is open to everyone.

In this section you can also find information and advice from our Siblings Network, a unique project for brothers and sisters of people with mental health issues.

Richmond Recovery

The Southampton Service provides a supportive recovery environment for 43 adults (from18 years onwards) with varying degrees of mental health problems, promoting their health and wellbeing. The Service consists of independent flats and shared properties in Bitterne, Northam and Newtown. During their time with the service it is expected that service users will build upon a stable accommodation base to develop the skills for ordinary everyday living which will enable them to live a more independent and stable lifestyle in the future.

Tel: 02380 232658

Royal College of Psychiatrists

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The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their careers, from training through to retirement, and in setting and raising standards of psychiatry in the United Kingdom.

Mental Health Information for all

Search our health indexes to find well researched information and advice for the public.

Frequently Asked Questions – How to get help: includes information on:

How to contact a psychiatrist
How to make a complaint
Where can I get further information (assistance)?
Information about the College
A Career in Psychiatry
Book Reviews: In this section we encourage our readers to review books they have read which have a mental health theme.

Choosing Wisely: identifying care, treatment, tests or procedures in psychiatry, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed.

Welcome to the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Health Advice section where you will find readable, user-friendly and evidence-based information on various mental health problems, treatments and other topics, regularly updated by psychiatric experts.

Language selection  available to read information:



See below for details of links:

Mental Health Information for all

Search our health indexes to find well researched information and advice for the public.

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Frequently Asked Questions – How to get help: includes information on:

Book Reviews: In this section we encourage our readers to review books they have read which have a mental health theme.

Choosing Wisely: identifying care, treatment, tests or procedures in psychiatry, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed.

Welcome to the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Health Advice section where you will find readable, user-friendly and evidence-based information on various mental health problems, treatments and other topics, regularly updated by psychiatric experts.

You can search via the following:

Physical Illness and Mental Health
  • Treatments and Wellbeing – Information on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, complementary and alternative medicines, exercise and mental health.
  • Parents and Youth Info – provides information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health.
CBT leaflet
  • Find out how the Mental Health Services work – including information on mental capacity and the law, being sectioned and what to expect with psychiatrists.
Bipolar Disorder
  • Translations – Select the language of your choice to see what translations are available; including translations in British Sign Language (BSL).
Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Podcasts – Listen to people talking about their experiences of living with depression, bipolar disorder and many other psychiatric and mental health problems.


Below you will find our complete alphabetical index – listing all leaflets produced by the College:

 Feeling on the edge
  • Complete A – Z index of all leaflets (fully cross referenced)

SAFE (Southampton Action For Employment) A course that helps the long term unemployed gain confidence and work towards employment helping with health and social issues. Ring/e-mail to book a one to one appointment. Open: Tuesday- Friday: 9am- 16.30pm Tel: 023 8070 2222 E-Mail: 11 Porchester Road, Woolston

Safeguarding Adults Policy (Southern Health Policy)

Click here to view the policy

Safeguarding Adults Policy V9 (1)


Information and advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers.

Our mental health support services are completely confidential. Whatever your problems or concerns, you will receive non-judgemental emotional support. Our professional staff and trained volunteers have specialist mental health knowledge; we can help you consider options for support that address your individual circumstances.

Our services and support options are designed to provide a range of ways of getting and giving support, and considering self-help and self-management strategies.

They also encourage you to feel part of the wider SANE community as we work together to address the complexities of mental ill-health including stigma, exclusion and isolation, as well as the daily challenges of living with mental illness.

SANE services and support options

  • Helpline: Available on 0300 304 7000 from 6pm – 11pm every evening
  • Textcare: Allows you to arrange for messages of support at times that are right for you
  • Support Forum: Available 24 hours a day to share your experiences with other members and give and receive mutual support
  • Letters: You can write to us at SANE Services, St. Mark’s Studios, 14 Chillingworth Road, Islington, London, N7 8QJ
  • Facebook and Twitter: Our social media communities are a good source of contact, support and sharing. (Click links on left hand menu.) You can see all the content even if you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account yourself.
  • Stories: Share your stories, experiences and feelings. You may help others by doing so, as well as helping yourself by releasing and sharing feelings and emotions.
  • Blogs: Share experiences, thoughts and opinions; invite others to comment and share their thoughts.


– our free helpline is available round the clock on 116123. Or contact us by email:

08457 90 90 90

Sembal House

Focus on Dementia, Mental health conditions, Personal care, Physical disabilities, Sensory impairments, Caring for adults under 65 yrs, Caring for adults over 65 yrs

Tel: 02380 443044
Address: Sembal House, Handel Terrace, Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2FH

Sex Worker Support at The Gate

The Gate provides support, advocacy and signposting to women involved in prostitution in Southampton whether in on or off-street contexts. Through the relationships we build we aim to support women in the choices they make, and if they wish to leave prostitution, to assist them in changing their lifestyles and find routes out. We believe in a better way of life outside of prostitution. We do regular outreach to women involved in on-street prostitution and we are developing our services to reach women involved in off-street work. Nicky Porter: 07717 378759 Sharon Hawkins 07952 680478 Email: or Website: Bridging the Gap Mentoring service for women involved in the sex industry or who need emotional support. Tel: 023 8023 7700 E-mail: Beyond the streets A UK charity providing support to women involved in the sex industry and the projects that work alongside them Tel: 0845 0044231 Email:

Southern Health Members Inform – Southern Health Members Magazine Summer 2016

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Membership Office| Elms, Tatchbury Mount, Calmore, Hampshire, SO40 2RZ | 023 8087 4253 |

Follow the link here to view the latest copy.

Southern Health Insider Magazine

Support Groups for Mental Health With CiS in attendance


Mental Health Support Groups 2017 with CiS Involvement

Mental Health Support Groups 2017 with CiS Involvement

Mental Health Support Groups 2017

Mental Health Support Groups with CiS Involvement

Self-directed support group for carers and patients of Bipolar

For anyone giving unpaid care to and including Bipolar patients

Ascension Centre, Thorold Road, Southampton SO18 1FX



Every 2nd Thursday of the month except August and December

Self-directed mental health carer support group

For anyone giving unpaid care to and including mental health patients

Sainsbury’s, Portswood
SO17 2LB

10.30 – 1pm

Every 3rd Tuesday


Self-directed mental health carer support group

For anyone giving unpaid care to and including mental health patients

Do feel free to get in touch to find out more before you turn up. (Contact Afifa Wardak at Carers in Southampton on 02380 582387)

Harbour Lights cinema
Maritime Walk SO14 3TL

11:00 – 12:30

Every last Wednesday of the month

Need help? Call us ANYTIME on: 0800 4 70 80 90

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Society of St James

Society of St James are a Hampshire-based homelessness charity, providing accommodation and support to over 1000 people at any given time. The people that they work with often have diverse and complex issues surrounding homelessness, including substance/alcohol addiction and mental health problems.

Tel: 02380 634596

Society of St James run many activities that you may find beneficial.  Please click SSJ Activities Timetable to download the leaflet and check with the organisers that it is still current before attending any activity.

Solent Mind

Mental health and carers support for mental health cared for.

Tel: 02380 334977
Address: 28 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XN

From end June 2017 Mind’s Floating Mind Service will be replaced by Woolston-based Home Group’s Flexible Support Service


Southampton Service Users Network

To represent mental health service users across the Southampton area.

Tel: 02380 633560
Address: Address: Sembal House, Handel Terrace, Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2FH

St Denys Activity Group Drop-In

For people with mental health issues and their carers.  Relaxed atmosphere.  Bring your own lunch or purchase freshly made filled rolls there.

Venue: 65 Priory Road, St Denys, Southampton SO17 2JQ

Date/Time: Every Thursday 11am-3pm

Phone 07399 877141 for more information.


Mental Health counselling and programming

Call: 0800 612 7000 (self referral) or 02380 272000
Address: Third Floor, Grenville House, Nelson Gate, Southampton, SO15 1GX

Suicide Prevention

Helplines and Support Services:

Emergency Dial 999

NHS Helpline Dial 111

Samaritans 08457 90 90 90

CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) – specifically for male suicide prevention

CRUSE Bereavement Care 0844 477 9400

Sebastian’s Bereavement Support Services 0788 900 9393

National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 200 0247

Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327

Alcoholics Anonymouse 0845 769 7555

National Debtline 0808 808 4000

Money Advice Service 0300 500 5000

Welfare Rights and Advice 023 8083 2339

Help with transport, shopping and befriending Communicare 023 80 21 60 16

Agencies which provide support and information
  • SupportLine Telephone Helpline: 01708 765200, or write to SupportLine at PO Box 2860, Romford, Essex RM7 1JA – Provides emotional support and details of support groups, helplines, agencies and counsellors throughout the UK
  • Calm: 0800 585858, – Campaign Against Living Miserably Help and support for young men aged 15-35 on issues which include depression and suicide.
  • HopeLine UK – 0800 068 4141 – for practical advice on suicide prevention
  • Lifeline (N.Ireland)
    0808 808 8000
    For anyone in N.Ireland who is in distress or despair. Immediate help on phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Face to face counselling can be arranged, also befriending, mentoring. Issues dealt with include suicide prevention, self harm, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety.
    Run by Contact N.Ireland independent counselling service employing professional qualified counselors who have extensive experience of working with people facing a wide range of problems, free to all users.
  • Premier Lifeline
    0300 111 0101
    Helpline providing a listening service, information, emotional and spiritual support from a Christian perspective
  • Samaritans: 0845 790 9090 (1850 60 90 90 Rep. Of Ireland), email, – 24 hr helpline offering emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide
Useful websites
    In memory of Charlie Waller – awareness, information and resources for those who are depressed
    Day to day support service and crisis support to help reduce suicide, depression and other stress related illnesses to service users who are in need of emotional support and encouragement. Instant online support for any person who may be experiencing something in their life which they may be finding difficult to cope with. Also peer to peer support facilitated and monitored through facebook by trained admins where service users support each other through discussion, topics and open forums
  • – Points of contact for those feeling down, depressed and/or suicidal
  • – Supportive site for men who suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts

Turn 2 Me Support Online Groups

Turn 2 Me

Turn 2 Me Online Support Groups

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