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On this page you will find information about services that offer mental health support for adults in Portsmouth in person, online or over the phone.


PositiveMinds is a support service in Portsmouth that can help if you’re suffering with low mood or anxiety, or if you’re feeling helpless or overwhelmed. It has trained wellbeing advisors who you can talk to. These are people who have lived through difficulties too and can relate to how you’re feeling. You can book in advance if you’d like, but you don’t need an appointment; you can just drop in.

You can also get support from Solent NHS Trust mental health staff. They might put you in touch with organisations for help with practical problems you may be facing, like debt. Call 023 9282 4795 or visit the visit the PositiveMinds website.

Talking Change

Talking Change are a team of psychotherapists and researchers who specialise in understanding and treating emotional difficulties.

If you’ve been struggling with low mood or anxiety, or have a physical condition such as chronic pain or fatigue, our talking therapies can help you cope and feel better. They also provide support at work and help towards finding employment or training.

They offer a free and confidential service, and can meet with you in medical practices all over Portsmouth. You can access Talking Change if:

  • you’re aged sixteen or over,
  • you live in Portsmouth, and
  • you’re registered with a doctor in the city.

You can self-refer by calling 0300 123 3934 or by visiting the visiting the Talking Change website.

The Harbour

The Harbour has now closed, but you can still get mental health support from lots of other services, such as PositiveMinds and Shout. More information can be found on Health and Care Portsmouth’s website.

The Harbour is a remote, out of hours service for those who feel that they’re at a crisis point and need urgent mental health support. It’s for anyone over the age of 18 in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and East Hampshire.

The team is made up of people who have experienced mental health challenges and have used local health services, so they understand and can really help you in your time of crisis. As well as giving you immediate support, we can get you next working day appointments to help with your ongoing recovery at our Wellbeing Centres or other mental support services such as PositiveMinds.

The Harbour is available every evening from 4.30pm to 11pm on 07418 364911. If you feel uncomfortable on the phone, you can also text or use web chat or video calls to access the service.


Shout offers anonymous mental health support via text for people of all ages. The service is available at any time, and it won’t show up on your phone bill. Trained volunteers can help with anything you’re struggling with, including anxiety, stress, loneliness or depression. Text HANTS to 85258 to get support.

NHS 111

NHS 111 has a dedicated team who can provide mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The team will chat to you and offer advice on the best support for your needs. Call 111 or visit NHS 111 online.


The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, debt, criminal justice and carers rights. They also offer general help on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment.

Call 0300 5000 927 weekdays 9.30am – 4pm.