Health & Wellbeing

Thursday 14 May 2020


The NHS has published advice about how to keep yourself well, which includes guidance around the symptoms to watch out for, who is particularly at risk and how people can help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Their page is updated regularly, so click here to stay up-to-date.


Public Health England - the agency that leads on infectious disease - has published information about social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
Click Here. This is updated regularly, and has lots of useful tips for those that are working with vulnerable groups.

PositiveMinds Portsmouth offer hope and support for city residents struggling to cope with difficulties and distress. Whilst their centre is closed during the pandemic their trained Wellbeing Advisors are offering support via telephone conversations instead. 

To access support please call 023 9282 4795 - Monday to Thursday: 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday: 9.30am-4pm



The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities have a fun range of exciting FREE online activities to keep you entertained and informed during these uncertain times.

You can take part in the activities using your computer, mobile phone or tablet and join as many as you like! 

The activites and courses are FREE to join and are a great way to socialise online, chat with like-minded individuals, have fun and learn a new skill.

They have almost one hundred FREE activities taking place each month ranging from Arts & Crafts, Culture & History lectures, Graphic Design, Digital photography, Health & Lifestyle, Performing Arts and work related activites such as CV writing. So there's something for everyone!

Click here to find out more and sign up!


Libraries also have a huge online range of free resources, accessed with a library card and password, including eBooks; eAudiobooks; comics; magazines; newspapers (including The Portsmouth News) and music downloads. Click Here for more information. 

Together with the Portsmouth Library and Archive Service we are offering free collections of library books and other items. If you are staying home we can bring books, DVDs, and games to your door to help keep you entertained.

Simply call the community helpline on 023 9261 6709 to arrange a delivery and tell us what you would like. You can choose from the following:

Types of books: adults, children; large print; audio books; theme; fiction, non-fiction; thriller / romance / adventure; favourite authors;

Other items:  jigsaws, games, children's DVDs, crafts, colouring sheets etc.

A volunteer will pick a selection of books and other items for you from the library and drop them off at your address - following social distancing guidelines.

Your books and other items will be picked up again after 4 weeks and a new selection delivered if you want to swap.

If you're a fast reader or would like a collection earlier than 4 weeks - you can call the Hive community helpline back on 023 9261 6709 to arrange an earlier pick up and swap.

This service is free, there are no fines for late return of books and don't worry if you do not have a library card.



Mental Health

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing.

Visit the NHS Every Mind Matters website for lots of advice and guidance to help you make small changes that fit your life, so you feel better and healthier every day.

Take the NHS Every Mind Matters (one you) quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips. 

If you need urgent mental health support, NHS 111 has a specialist Mental Health Triage Service. They can offer advice, support and guidance and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 111 or click here to visit the website.


Solent Mind have launched a new helpline for anyone who is experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing challenges as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Please Call: 023 8017 9049

They have also produced some Mental Wellbeing toolkits and quick guides to help you deal with the difficult changes to everyday life during the current pandemic. Click here to find out more and be sure to check back in the in the future as they will be publishing tips on more specific topics. 


The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) have some useful guidance for looking after your mental health whilst working from home. Their stress website has plenty of advice and their downloadable stress talking toolkit has ideas which you can adapt to suit current working arrangements.


There are several Apps to aid Sleep and for Meditation and Relaxation with some offering free trials -,, and Aura

And if you are looking for self help information and resources why not visit Get Self Help or Mood Gym.


The Wellness Society 

The Wellness Society aim to bridge the gap for people who find long-term private therapy unaffordable yet are reluctant (or unable) to get help from overstretched mental health services


They have various tools and techniques for dealing with mental wellbeing including a Coronavirus Anxiety workbook. Click Here to download the workbook.


You can also download a free copy of our Understanding Your Mental Wellbeing Workbook here, where you will learn about problems with the current approach to mental health, common causes of poor mental health, your personal signs of poor mental wellbeing and 9 evidence-based ways to improve your mental wellbeing.

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