Mental Health
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Mental Health

Mental health and recovery

No mental health need is the same from one person to another. We all have a range of mental health needs during our lifetimes, as children, adults and older adults. It can include the worries and grief that we all experience as part of everyday life. It can also include serious events or diagnosed mental health conditions for which we may need to seek specialist help. Some of us are able to cope with these worries, stresses and life events without formal help. Some people might need support from friends, family or colleagues whilst others may benefit from specialist mental health input. Mental health needs can affect anyone, of any age or background and at any time of our life. The NHS website has a self-assessment tool which you can use if you think you may be suffering from depression.

Carers who support people with mental health needs like family and friends might also need support from time to time.

Below is some advice on how you can help yourself and where you can go for support.

Helping yourself

There are things that you can do yourself, such as: 

  • visit the One You "Every Mind Matters" Mental Health page for expert advice and practical tools, such as personalised action plans, to help you manage a range of mental health problems.

You could also:

Getting support

Support organisations local to you:
  • iTalk is a free service for patients with depression, anxiety or stress which is delivered in partnership between Solent Mind and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. It is for patients aged 16 and over who are registered with a GP in the following areas of Hampshire: Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Bordon, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, the New Forest, Petersfield, Romsey and Winchester. 
  • TalkPlus offers a range of treatments to people who are experiencing symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, low mood, panic, phobias or OCD. It is available to people who are registered with a GP in the following areas of Hampshire: Yateley, Fleet, Farnborough, Blackwater, Aldershot or Farnham. It is free to anyone who accesses it. 

You can also search our Community directory, and filter by your area, for mental health services accessible to residents in your area (select 'Specific needs' and then 'Mental health').

National organisations:
  • The Mental Health Foundation - news, information on problems, treatments and strategies for living with mental distress.
  • MIND (National Association for Mental Health) - for information on all aspects of mental health problems.
  • SANE - information sheets and booklets
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. They offer support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through their helpline and web chat service.  
  • Bipolar UK - self-management courses and local support groups.
  • Rethink Mental Illness - expert advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.
  • Shaw Trust - training and work opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability or ill health.
  • Together – for Mental Wellbeing


You may wish to consider private counselling.  We list qualified counsellors in Hampshire in our Marketplace directory.

Crisis support

Organisations who can help you if you are experiencing a mental health crisis:

      See also our information about Suicide Prevention.

      Wellbeing centres

      Wellbeing is about:

      • feeling healthy and happy
      • having the inner resources to respond to difficult circumstances
      • being able to adapt and engage with other people and the world around us.

      Mind runs wellbeing centres in Hampshire's towns and cities to provide short-term, outcome-focused support to individuals with mental health problems. They are friendly and welcoming places with an informal atmosphere.

      The centres provide workshops, courses and other support on many mental health issues. These include:

      • self-esteem and resilience
      • depression and anxiety
      • stress management
      • addictions and mental health
      • anger management.

      Contact your nearest centre to find out more about their programme.

      Andover wellbeing centre
      Basingstoke wellbeing centre
      Eastleigh wellbeing centre
      Fareham and Gosport wellbeing centre 
      Farnborough wellbeing centre
      Havant and East Hants wellbeing centres
      New Forest wellbeing centres
      Portsmouth wellbeing centre
      Romsey wellbeing centre
      Winchester wellbeing centre

      Mental Health teams

      Adults' Health and Care Mental Health and Substance Misuse Teams work together with the Health Service's Community Mental Health Teams and deal with people's social care needs alongside their health needs. They help people in the community, whether they have just become ill, have a short-term illness, or need on-going support. Further information and contact details for teams.

      Mental health and money worries

      • You may be entitled to a council tax exemption or support to pay your bill if you have a mental health illness. 

      • Mind has practical tips on managing your money and improving your mental health

      • Money Savings Expert, supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others, have developed a guide - Mental Health and Debt - for people with mental health problems and those caring for them.

      • Mental Health and Money Advice has practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money.

      • Breathing space is a new government scheme which is designed to give you time to receive debt advice and find a solution to sort out your debt problems. Eligibility criteria apply.

      • If you are receiving mental health crisis treatment and struggling with problem debt, the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme has been set up to create time and space for you to get the treatment you need, without having to worry about your debts growing or your creditors contacting you during your treatment. (Hampshire County Council residents can submit a referral form here).

      Advice for older people

      Contact your GP if you are you concerned about:

      • mood swings
      • agitation
      • memory loss or confusion
      • withdrawal.

      You can also contact the NHS 111 service which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can speak to a trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care.

      You may find it useful to read about dementia  and the signs that could be early symptoms of dementia. Spotting the signs of dementia early means you can get the right treatment and support as soon as possible. 

      The Message in a Bottle service encourages people living on their own to keep their basic personal and medical details in a small plastic bottle in the fridge. If the emergency services come to your home, they can quickly find vital information about your health. Bottles are funded by local Lions Clubs and are free to users. Ask your local GP surgery or pharmacy for details.

      Mental health issues if you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans

        Mental health problems such as depression or self-harm can affect any of us, but they're more common among people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT).  See NHS advice, including support organisations.

        Suicide prevention

          If you, or someone you know, may be having suicidal thoughts, please see our Suicide Prevention page for help and advice.