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Portsmouth Employment Support Service

Find new opportunities and thrive in the workplace with personalised employment guidance.

If you live with a mental health issue, work can be a great way to find structure, routine and connect with others. If you've not been working because of your illness, or you're employed but feel like you are struggling at work, our Employment Support Service can help.

Our Primary and Secondary teams provide personalised information, advice and guidance in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We can help you:

  • Find employment, training or volunteer opportunities
  • Create a CV or fill out application forms
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Resolve workplace disputes and discuss adjustments
  • Understand your employment rights and responsibilities

The Secondary Employment Team also offers placement support by helping you discover skills and qualities that make you an asset to employers, then matching them to local industries where you will thrive. We can also support you with 1:1 support as you continue in a new role.

Who is it for?

The service is open to patients accessing NHS Talking Therapies Portsmouth and the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in Portsmouth. If you would like our help, you can request this via your Therapist or Lead Professional.

If you are not accessing these services, we offer a weekly drop-in on Tuesday mornings for those with quick questions or in need of bitesize employment advice.

We can also work with businesses of all sizes to help make their workplace an inclusive space, and support managers to learn mental health skills through Solent Mind’s training opportunities.

Contact details & opening hours

Drop-in service - Tuesday: 10.30am - 1pm

Positive Minds Centre
Melbourne Place




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