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On this page you will find information about local mental health and wellbeing groups in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Interaction

Portsmouth Interaction offers sports activities for adults experiencing mental ill health. Activities include swimming, walks, table tennis, tennis, snooker, gym sessions, bowling and allotment or conservation sessions.

Email: Kerry.morgan@bhlive.org.uk Telephone: 023 9320 0369

SAD Portsmouth

SAD Portsmouth provides a free support group for individuals dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. Friends and family of those suffering from these illnesses are also welcome. Visit the SAD Portsmouth Facebook page or email info@sadportsmouth.co.uk.

The Recovery College

The Solent Recovery College offers a unique learning experience for people with mental health issues. It offers a variety of courses which are delivered in partnership between Solent Mind Peer Trainers, who all have their own lived experience of mental health issues, and Solent NHS Trust Adult Mental Health Trainers who bring learned experience of managing mental health and wellbeing.

Tonic: Music for Mental Health

Tonic raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness through music and art-based events. They organise music workshops, gigs, art groups, and community projects throughout the year for people experiencing mental health problems. Find out more on the Tonic Music website or email teamtonic@tonicmusic.co.uk.

The Good Mental Health Cooperative

The Good Mental Health Cooperative hold local activities and have resources on their site to help you learn to look after your mental health.

The Independence and Wellbeing team

The council’s Independence and Wellbeing team offer a range of social groups and activities that can help you avoid feeling lonely.

Support for carers

The Carers Centre offers a variety of support for carers, including those who look after someone with a mental illness.

Southsea Sangha

Southsea Sangha is an open and welcoming meditation group

Southsea Mindfulness

Southsea Mindfulness offer taster sessions, courses and retreats in mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention so that we can see clearly what is happening from moment to moment (i.e. sensations, thoughts, and emotions) and can then respond better to the demands of life and the challenges that we may face.

Allotments

Gardening and growing food can be a way to boost mental wellbeing. The city has 1,400 allotments at 11 sites as well as a community one and community orchard.

The Learning Place

The Learning Place is based in Derby Road, North End, They run a variety of courses that can help you meet new people, learn new skills – or improve existing ones, or take up a new hobby. Many courses are free.

Visit the Learning Place Facebook page or contact them to find out more. Email thelearningplace@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9262 1860.

Further support

Visit the HIVE Directory to find more groups and organisations in Portsmouth.

For more mental health information, visit the mental health page.