Our approach

Mental health

Terry Wood With Thomas Fidgeon Outside 10

When you’re struggling with your mental health, it can be hard to self-manage without some support and encouragement.

PWS Jackie chatting with staff
My anxiety and nerves stop me from doing some things, especially when there are big crowds of people.

Jackie lives in a self-contained flat in Essex and gets support with her mental health needs.

Helping with my anxiety
PWS Stephen Garnham With Jenny Husk staff Wimborne 3
The support staff are encouraging me to eat healthier, which has been great. Stephen

Stephen receives support from our mental health team in Essex. The staff are always on hand to help him with every part of his life and to support him to stay well.

Stephen - mental and physical wellbeing
We encourage peer support to promote self-management and a network of people who share similar experiences.

Help to manage your mental wellbeing by following the five ways to wellbeing.

Be active

This is a great way to improve both your physical and mental health. Join the gym, go for a long walk, go cycling or take up a sport.

Keep learning

Learning new things can make you feel more confident about yourself, as well as being fun to do. Read more, watch documentaries, visit a museum, learn to play a musical instrument or do a course.


Building connections with the people around you will support and enrich you every day. Say hello to your neighbours, spend time with your family, join a group or connect with people through your faith.

Take notice

Reflect on the good things around you and take time out to manage your stress and recharge your batteries. Sometimes we just don’t stop. But it’s important to find the time to sit back and relax.


Volunteering can be time well spent and it’s a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain some useful experience. Giving to others can also be rewarding and make you feel good. Simple acts of kindness, like helping out a friend can make a real difference.

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Crisis mental health support

If you are worried about your mental health you can ask for specialist help.

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Service Beach Road Hayling Island

Beach Road

Helping people to move out of low and medium secure forensic wards into high support accommodation.

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St Andrews

Helping people to move out of low and medium secure forensic wards into a high support accommodation.

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