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Support for Mental Health Difficulties

Just like taking care of our physical self is important, so too is looking after your own or your child’s wellbeing.

At times children and young people may experience poor mental health. They may have a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or something more severe such as schizophrenia.

Having poor mental health can impact an all areas of daily living and may even prevent some children and young people being able to engage in education, training or work.

It is important that we spot early the signs of mental health changes and seek help and support as soon as possible. This could be help in school from a counsellor or pastoral staff member or it could mean needing something more specialist like help from a mental health nurse or specialist service such as CAMHS.

In Portsmouth we have a wide range of services that support the mental health of children and young people.
We have listed some of the main ones in the drop down boxes at the bottom of the page.


Useful Mental Health Services and links

U Matter Portsmouth ( for 8-18 year olds)

U Matter

Young people aged 8-18 in Portsmouth can access free counselling through the U Matter service. This provides confidential support on a range of issues including bullying, bereavement, relationships, school worries and problems at home.

The counselling takes place at the Relate Centres in Southsea or Cosham and can include family sessions if required. They also offer peer support groups where you can meet other young people who have gone through similar challenges.

Call 023 9282 7026

Visit the Relate Centre, 58d High Street, Cosham:
Monday to Thursday: 9:30am – 9.00pm
Friday: 9:30am – 2.30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1.30pm

CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CAMHS is available to help children and young people when they are having problems to do with their emotional and behavioural wellbeing. Your GP refers you to this service.

Click here to find out more

Young Minds

Young Minds charity has information on some of the common feelings and mental health symptoms, how to cope, and where to get help. Find out more on the Young Minds website.

BEAT - Eating Disorder Support

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, Beat can help.

Call their Youthline 0808 801 0711, 4-10pm daily,

or email

Support for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)


OCD UK helps people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Call 0845 120 3778, weekdays 9am – 5pm

or email


Nip in the Bud

Nip in the Bud  works with mental health professionals to produce short films and fact sheets to help parents,  teachers and others caring for and working with children to recognise potential mental health conditions.

The goal is to increase the prospects of early intervention and to reduce the risks of those conditions becoming more serious in later years



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