Learn about mental health

We all need to look after our mental health and know who to turn to if things feel too much, looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health.

We’ve put together information on some of the feelings that you might be having. This includes tips on how to handle these feelings, and information on where to get support.

You can also find a list of useful websites and advice on how to take care of your mental health.

If you’re not sure where to get support, call the Portsmouth Mental Health Hub on 0300 123 6621 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) to talk to the team.

Emotions and feelings

Anxious and worried

Things like exams, job interviews or even changes at home can make you feel anxious. It’s a normal reaction to stress and change.

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Sometimes you can feel alone and as though nobody understands what you’re going through, even when you’re with other people.

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Low and sad

We all have times when our mood is low and we’re feeling sad or miserable. Usually, these feelings pass after a short time.

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A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it can provide the motivation to get something done. But stress becomes a problem when you feel like you can’t cope, and things are getting too much.

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Angry and fed up

Getting angry is part of being human. But it isn’t good if it harms you or the people around you, either physically or emotionally.

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Constantly thinking about food

Sometimes worry, stress or a negative body image can result in unhealthy behaviour towards exercise or food.

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Grieving and sad

The grieving process occurs when a loved one passes away, and also following other types of loss or change, such as the end of a relationship, losing a job or moving away to a new location.

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Pregnant and worried

Finding out you’re pregnant and becoming a new parent can be a wonderful time; but it can also be difficult and challenging. It’s natural to feel a range of different emotions.

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Being a new father

Becoming a new parent can be a wonderful time; but it can also come with lots of changes. It’s normal to experience a range of emotions following the birth of your child.

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Worried about a child

If you’re worried about a child or young person who may be suffering with their mental health, dedicated information and guidance for young people aged 5-15 is available.

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Worried about an older person

If you’re concerned about an older person who may be suffering with their mental health, support is available from a range of different services.

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Useful websites

We thought it would be useful to create a list of organisations which can help you learn more about mental health.


Mind has lots of information on a range of mental health problems. They offer advice on how you can take care of your mental health, as well as personal stories from other people, and tips for helping people around you.

Young Minds

Young Minds has lots of tips and advice to help you understand your feelings and learn more about mental health.

They also have great Instagram and Facebook pages which you can follow.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation‘s website is full of useful information to help you learn about mental health. Their A to Z covers lots of different topics and they have more detailed information which you can download.

Local support

If you need mental health support, there are lots of free services in Portsmouth which can help you. These include Kooth, PositiveMinds and Talking Change. Visit our local services page to find out more.

The HIVE Portsmouth Directory also has information on lots of useful services.

If you’re not sure where to get support, call the Portsmouth Mental Health Hub on 0300 123 6621 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) to talk to the team.