Mental health services

Two people talking over a cup of tea. Mental health matters in Southampton. Every year one in four of us experiences a mental health problem, so we are committed to ensuring we have the right services in place to support people in the city.

If you live in Southampton, mental health services are provided by a variety of organisations, including the NHS, local charities and the Council.

  • If you or someone you care for is under 18 and experiencing emotional, behavioural and or mental health difficulties, you can be referred to Southampton’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This is a comprehensive mental health service for children and young people (0 - 18 years) promoting good mental health and psychological well-being. You can be referred to this service by your GP, your school, health visitor or social worker. You could also receive support from No Limits. No Limits provide a wide range of services to young people under the age of 26, this includes information, advice, counselling and support. This help can accessed by contacting the service directly (find contact details at www.nolimitshelp.org.uk), as well as via referrals from families, friends and professionals.
  • If you are aged 18+ and experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety or stress, Southampton Steps to Wellbeing Service provides a range of therapies to support you. Steps to Wellbeing is a self-referral service but GPs and other healthcare professionals can also refer patients to the service. The service provides support over the telephone, face-to-face, in groups or online to ensure that support is as accessible as possible. Find out more at www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk.
  • For adults experiencing other mental illnesses such as eating disorders or psychosis, we offer a diverse range of specialised services focused on recovery and reablement. These services are offered in a variety of ways, over the telephone, within the community or in hospital depending on the needs of the individual. They aim to give people the support and treatment they need to manage their illness and enable them to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Your GP can refer you to the most appropriate service for your needs.
  • Southampton’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services are provided by No LimitsThe Society of St James and Change, Grow, Live, who work in partnership to provide a wide range of community-based support, treatment and rehabilitation services that are designed to meet individual needs and support the family and friends of service users. 
  • Older people experiencing mental health problems can access a range of services and support offered by Southern Health and accessed via your GP. In addition, the Admiral Nurse service offers support to the carers of people with dementia. People can self-refer or can be referred by a health or care professional, search for Admiral Nurses at www.solent.nhs.uk.

All of the above services are provided in a variety of ways including care in the patient’s home, in the community or at specialist facilities, offering a diverse range of support in the city.

Time to Change

We're proud to support Time to Change - logo. The local NHS and the Council in Southampton support Time to Change, a national campaign led by Mind and Rethink aimed at ending the discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. For more information, please visit
www.time-to-change.org.uk.

Transforming mental health care and services in Southampton

When we published the results of our consultation on the future of mental health services in the city, Mental Health Matters, we told you that we would provide regular updates as our work progresses.

A summary of our Transforming Mental Health Care and Services Plan is now available. This includes details of our progress and outlines how our plan links to other transformation work (including our local Sustainability and Transformation Plan, the national Mental Health Forward View and our CAMHS transformation plan.)

CAMHS transformation plan

Our transformation plan for children and young people's mental health sets out how we as a city, together with our partners, will follow the national guidance set out in Future in Mind to develop child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) for the future.

An updated summary document has also been produced.