2019 marks 10 years of the Southampton Steps to Wellbeing service supporting the wellbeing of people in Southampton. Since its launch in 2009 the service has supported 42,000 people in the city.
The service provides support to adults (aged over 18) who are experiencing mental health problems such as low mood, stress, anxiety or depression through a range of therapies. You can refer yourself to the service, without seeing your GP, as long as you are registered with a GP in Southampton. Or your GP can refer you.
Since its launch in 2009, the Steps to Wellbeing service has grown to meet the needs of local people. Developments include introducing peer support roles (people with lived experience of mental health conditions working to support others), supporting the wellbeing of students in Southampton, developing strong links with a range of communities and strengthening the links between support for physical and mental health. As we commission the service for the future we will be further expanding access, developing more pathways for people with long term conditions to receive psychological support, alongside their physical health care, and tackling inequalities in access, for example more access for older adults and people from the richly diverse communities that live in the city.