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. 

  • Support for children and young people up to the age of 25 is also available from No Limits. No Limits provide a wide range of services including information, advice, counselling and support. This help can accessed by contacting the service directly, as well as via referrals from families, friends and professionals. Find out more at www.nolimitshelp.org.uk.

  • If you are aged 18+ and experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety or stress, the 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 or phone 0800 612 7000. The service also now offers Steps to Wellbeing Body and Mind, which provides talking therapy to support people experiencing psychological distress who are also living with a long term health condition (such as diabetes, COPD, chronic pain, persistent physical symptoms and ME), with more conditions being added in 2020.

  • Did you know, the NHS 111 service also now has a team of mental health nurses who can let you know about the right local support for you. The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you can contact the team online at www.111.nhs.uk or by phoning 111. Find out more.

  • 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 (for adults aged 25 and over) are provided by Change Grow Live (CGL). These services provide a wide range of community-based support, treatment and community rehabilitation services and access to residential services that are designed to meet individual needs and support the family and friends of service users. Referrals can be made by individuals or by a health professional on their behalf. If you are concerned by your, or someone else’s, drug and/or alcohol use, find out more about the support available from Change Grow Live. For young people up to the age of 25, support is available from the DASH service which is provided by No Limits.

  • 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 or phone 0300 1234 026.

  • Solent Mind offer peer support projects in the city called Side by Side, providing a range of community-based groups and activities all run by and for people with experience of a mental health issue. From art, craft, walking, photography, gardening and board games to general social groups. More information can be found at www.solentmind.org.uk/our-services/peer-support.

  • SO: Linked provide community navigation that helps people (aged 18+) across the city to link up with local services, activities, groups and other people to contribute to their health and wellbeing. Community Navigators work with people to help them identify their needs and hopes to enable them to overcome obstacles. More information can be found at www.solinked.org.uk/community-navigation.
  • The Southampton Information Directory has details of a wide range of services and activities available in your local community, including a section dedicated to emotional and mental wellbeing which can help you find links to local services, charities or groups specifically designed to support your mental health. 

  • What to do in a mental health crisis or emergency

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.