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Cost of living support and advice

We know that the pressure of money worries can impact your mental health. We can help you to get the right support.


  • If you become homeless or you’re at risk of homelessness, we can arrange for you to see a member of our team. The steps we take to help you will depend on your situation.

Wellbeing support

  • Wellbeing Portsmouth helps local people stop smoking, drink less alcohol and get to a healthy weight
  • NHS Mental Health resources provide guides, tools and activities that support your mental health
  • Living Life to the Full has free online courses covering low mood and stress
  • can help you get better mental and emotional health through free guides and tools on a wide range of topics like loss, sleep, stress and relationship break-ups
  • has a useful list of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) apps
  • Five Ways To Wellbeing gives five practical ways to keep yourself mentally well
  • Pharmacy First is a scheme that allows people who receive certain benefits to go straight to their pharmacist for the treatment of selected minor ailments, without needing to visit a GP


The Portsmouth leisure card entitles residents in receipt of means-tested benefits to discounts at Portsmouth City Council facilities as well as some other services. You can enjoy sports centres, swimming pools, golf, museums, city arts and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Portsmouth City of Sanctuary has a number of groups providing free activities for people who are seeking asylum, or refugees, including English classes, football, dance, a women’s group and allotment use.  To take part, just drop in to their weekly Hub, every Monday, any time between 10am-1pm.

Mental health support

Domestic and sexual abuse

Research* shows that the cost of living crisis is preventing victims from fleeing domestic abuse. If you’re experiencing domestic violence or abuse, and feel trapped because of your financial situation, you’re not alone, there’s help and support available.

*Source: The cost of living – Women’s Aid (