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Portsmouth Support and Recovery Service

For information and updates about current disruptions and changes to our services please click here.

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.

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.


PositiveMinds is a new service for people who are living through low mood, anxiety, or who feel overwhelmed and helpless in face of problems such as money, housing, relationships, work, bereavement, leaving the Forces, or living away from home at university.

Solent Mind’s Wellbeing Advisors, who have experience of living with, and through, mental health issues will be available at the new site to provide practical advice, coping skills, and peer support, in partnership with colleagues from Solent NHS, Portsmouth City Council, and the voluntary sector.

Take a look at PositiveMind’s spring workshops, here.

For more information, location and opening times, visit www.positivemindsportsmouth.org.uk.

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. Our Employment Service now offers weekly drop in sessions at Portsmouth Central Library.

Find more here.

The Solent Recovery College

The Solent Recovery College offers a unique learning experience for people with mental health issues. See how the college works and explore our interesting courses, here.

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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