PositiveMinds is a new style of service offering informal support for anyone who feels low, worried or hopeless in Portsmouth.
We're here to help you, if you are in despair about anything – such as housing, money, relationships, work, bereavement, leaving the armed forces or living away from home at university.
Through 1:1 support and useful workshops, we can help you identify your needs and get you moving towards your goals. We also operate a 'tell us once' system: a chat with us can get you connected to relevant organisations around the city, like Society of St. James, Citizens Advice Bureau and Talking Change, without having to explain yourself again and again.
Simply book in to talk to trained Wellbeing Advisors. The Advisors have lived through difficulties themselves, and can relate to how you are feeling.
Together with Portsmouth's Armed Forces Mental Health Alliance, PositiveMinds is pleased to offer quality veteran support made possible through funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund.
Our diverse team of Veteran Wellbeing Advisors have their own experiences of mental health issues and know what it's like to transition to civilian life. We can also support your immediate family members.
We'll help you with issues such as housing, finances, employment, training or substance misuse as well as support to cope with trauma or depression. We can also introduce you to Solent Recovery College's specialised veteran courses.
We also run specific workshops and group activities which just like our 1:1 support, is built for veterans, by veterans.
You can refer yourself to PositiveMinds if you are over the age of 18 and are experiencing low mood, stress or a mild to moderate mental health condition such as depression or anxiety.
You must have a GP within a PO1-PO6 postcode. If you are student without a term time GP, you can register with the Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre.
To access our veteran support, a UK military veteran is defined as someone who has drawn one days pay from the armed forces (regular or reserve) or Merchant Mariners, who have seen duty on legally defined military operations.
Along with the self-referral above, we also accept:
Please note that PositiveMinds is not a crisis service or 'Mental Health A&E' and we don't stock or prescribe medication. We are also not a gateway into secondary mental health services.
Due to the latest government guidance we are not currently offering face to face appointments at PositiveMinds. However, we are still here to support you during this difficult time. We can support you over the telephone and all of our groups are being run digitally on Zoom.
We look forward to welcoming you back the building soon.
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