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Portsmouth Support and Recovery Service

Solent Mind is working in partnership with Solent NHS Trust to provide the Portsmouth Support and Recovery Service, which offers a personalised range of support, advice and practical assistance to help you towards your recovery. We believe that everyone deserves help when they need it, and with our services you can benefit from the guidance of highly trained, skilled staff. Offered in a supportive and understanding environment, with over 40% of our staff having lived experience of mental health difficulties, the Portsmouth Support and Recovery Service can provide a range of support, as and when you need it. You can enrol at the Solent Recovery College, where our skilled trainers help guide the way to successful self-management of mental health conditions, or you can talk to somebody who understands through our Peer Support workers, who have lived experience and can offer you support, guidance and advice.

Portsmouth Wellbeing Centre

Our Wellbeing Centre is a friendly, welcoming place where people can share their experiences, support one another and learn techniques to improve their wellbeing.  Many of our activities are run by people who have experienced mental health issues themselves.

For more information, take a look at our leaflet, or to see our latest activities, please click here.

Portsmouth Wellbeing Centre, 100 Palmerston Rd, Southsea, P05 3PT
T. 02392 824 795
E. PSRwellbeingcentre@solentmind.org.uk

Looking for employment advice? Our Employment Advice Service can help with support for all elements of working, including employment retention and searching for work. Throughout your time with the Portsmouth Support and Recovery Service you can also benefit from practical and emotional support from our Support, Time and Recovery workers, who can guide you towards developing your community support network. With a person centred focus, we are working together to support your way towards recovery.

Employment Advice Service

If you are accessing Adult Mental Health Services in Portsmouth, and you want to find work, then our Employment Advice Service can offer you advice and support in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our Individual Placement Service (IPS) has the expertise of specialist Employment Advisors who will work with you in a personalised way to help you to find work that you want to do. They can also support you with CV writing skills, applications and interviews, and they can supply access to benefits advice. IPS specialists have links with local employers and can continue their support once you have gained employment. If you currently benefit from our Talking Change service we will work with you on a one-to-one basis alongside your IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to provide individual help with a wide range of workplace issues including job retention, CV writing skills, volunteering, training and job search support.

The Solent Recovery College

The Solent Recovery College offers a unique learning experience for people with mental health issues. Following a successful period in partnership with Highbury College, the Solent Recovery College is now entering the next stage of its development and will be relocating from the city campus to new community venues (more details of this will be released shortly). In the meantime, to enquire or register please contact Emma Dunbar on SRC@Solentmind.org.uk or 07769 647 168.

Find out more about our courses here

Courses are designed and delivered in partnership between Solent Mind Peer Trainers, who all have their own lived experience of mental health issues, and Solent NHS Trust Adult Mental Health Trainers who bring learned experience of managing mental health and wellbeing. With almost 1,200 registered students to date, we are expanding the scope of our courses to include living with dementia, substance misuse and coping with longer-term health conditions.

Peer Support

Peer Mentors have lived experience and are carefully matched with individuals to provide support through a shared understanding. The one-to-one connection and encouragement of Peer Mentors can be invaluable on your recovery journey. They can offer both emotional and practical support, in a time limited fashion, geared towards your individual needs. Peer support provides a sympathetic and safe environment to share experiences, and develop the confidence to achieve personal goals. There is a focus on recovery, increased independence and wellbeing, this can include supportive practical skills for life, and listening and guiding towards appropriate services.

Support, Time and Recovery

Our Support, Time and Recovery (STR) staff will work with you, in a time limited way, to promote independent living through providing practical guidance, help and information. STR workers will be available to support you throughout all aspects of the Portsmouth Support and Recovery Service. They can help with elements of education, Peer Support and Employment Support, or they can offer individual help as and when necessary. STR support can also guide you towards developing supportive networks in your own community, with a strong focus on the recovery process.

For further information please contact:

Telephone: 023 9268 0200

Email: supportandrecovery@solentmind.org.uk


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