Solent Connexions

Through our Solent Connexions project, we’ve teamed up with the Portsmouth Carers Centre to deliver a series of Pop-Up Information and Wellbeing events in local community venues across Portsmouth.

Our next event is coming up on Wednesday 15 June at the Portsmouth Carers Centre, from 11am to 2.30pm.

There’ll be information stalls from local groups and organisations such as the councils’ Wellbeing Service, the Sensory Team, the Library service, and Switched On Portsmouth with free energy and money saving initiatives. The Portsmouth Carers Centre will be sharing information about their Carers’ Breaks and Time to Get Active scheme, along with other support they can offer.

Free refreshments are available for those who come along to the event.

During the pandemic, many more people have found themselves supporting or caring for family or friends experiencing ill-health, disability or emotional distress. Its really important to find support yourself if you’re in this situation, and if you’re feeling isolated, worried or depressed, or you know someone who is, then come along to one of our events to find the practical or emotional support needed.

The final event in the series will be at the John Pounds Centre in Portsea on Thursday 21 July from 11am to 2.30pm.

For more information you can phone the Portsmouth Carers Centre on 023 9285 1864, or the Good Mental Health Cooperative on 023 9310 6042.

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Recovery and wellbeing in the community

Do you look after or help support a family member, partner or friend because of their illness, disability or emotional distress? Are you feeling stressed, depressed or anxious about this?

Many people have taken on extra care and support for a loved one since the coronavirus pandemic began. Local surveys have found that many in this situation have struggled with their own mental health – feeling isolated, frustrated, sad, worried, bored, trapped and fearful about the future.

This project is offering a dedicated online space where those who are looking after or supporting someone else can find support themselves with their own mental health and wellbeing.

By joining this project, you’ll be able to access free online creative and wellbeing courses delivered by our network of tutors.

There’s peer support available through the online community chat and you’ll also find a range of useful information and wellbeing resources.

If there are times when you need some individual support, our project worker can phone or zoom call you personally on a regular basis. And if you’re really feeling at the ‘end of your tether’, we can offer more specialist one to one sessions with a professional healthcare or social work practitioner.

Sometimes you’ll need to know where is the best place to go for advice for a specific issue, and the project worker can help signpost you and offer support in accessing the right advice when you need it.

To contact Solent Connexions ring Carolyn on 023 9310 6042 or email carolyn@goodmentalhealth.org.uk