PositiveMinds opening before Christmas

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A new-style service for people facing difficulties and distress in their lives will open in Portsmouth next week. Visit: www.positivemindsportsmouth.org.uk.

PositiveMinds opens for the first time on 23 December. It is there for people who are living through low mood, anxiety, or who feel overwhelmed and helpless in face of problems such as money, housing, relationships, work, bereavement, leaving the Forces, or living away from home at university.

The new service is centrally located in Portsmouth – it is on Melbourne Place, just off Middle Street, about 50 yards south of Winston Churchill Avenue.

It provides a welcoming, accessible environment for people who may find it hard to reach out for help, including our armed forces community. No appointments are necessary, people can just drop in.

Solent Mind Wellbeing Advisors, who have experience of living with, and through, mental health issues will be available at the new site to provide practical advice, coping skills, and peer support, in partnership with colleagues from Solent NHS, Portsmouth City Council, and the voluntary sector.

Malcolm Barrett, Director of Quality & Improvement at Solent Mind, said: “We’re delighted to share our knowledge, expertise and the power of our own lived experiences to support others in Portsmouth.

“We know that one in four people may experience a mental health problem in any year, which means that accessible, convenient and collaborative wellbeing services like PositiveMinds are so important to communities.”

Sarah Austin, chief operating officer at Solent NHS Trust, said: “I am so proud to be part of this exciting new development in the city.

“This is an excellent example of the way that organisations are working in partnership to bring services together into one place, for the benefit of people in the city – including our armed forces community. We are so grateful for the support we have received from everyone involved, including the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund and also from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.”

Dr Nick Moore, mental health commissioning lead for NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As a GP I know all too well that there are large numbers of people out there who are really struggling with their mental or emotional health.

“In the past, people in that situation might either suffer in silence until they reach a crisis point, or go to their GP when actually we might not be able to give them the help they need. Sometimes people need to talk to someone who understands what they are going through, who can give them time, and get them in touch with the help and advice they need. That is what we hope PositiveMinds will do.”

The service will open mainly during normal office hours* over the Christmas period, but from 2 January, 2020 it will be open Mondays to Fridays 12.30pm – 7.30pm, and Saturdays 10.30am – 1.30pm. PositiveMinds can be reached by calling (023) 92824795, and the service’s website will be www.positivemindsportsmouth.org.uk.

PositiveMinds is a partnership between Solent Mind, Solent NHS Trust, NHS Portsmouth CCG, and Portsmouth City Council. It is funded by the local NHS, the city council, and Armed Forces grants.

Please note: PositiveMinds is designed to help a wide range of people, but it is not a crisis service or a “mental health A&E”. If anyone needs help urgently they should call NHS 111 or the Samaritans on 116 123. If there is an immediate risk to someone’s safety, please dial 999.

*Christmas opening hours:
December 23: 9am – 5pm
December 24: 9am – 4pm
December 25-26: Closed
December 27: 9am – 5pm
December 28-29: Closed
December 30: 9am – 5pm
December 31: 9am – 4pm
January 1: Closed

From January 2 onwards, normal opening hours will be:
Mondays-Fridays: 12.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturdays: 10.30am – 1.30pm