Looking After Yourself

Looking after my body

Our physical health and mental health go hand in hand. Being active improves out mental health. Discover local physical activity and sport opportunities. You can find activity opportunities for older people and those with disabilities in this directoryBetter Health also provides easy steps on how to fit more physical activity into your lifestyle to improve wellbeing.

Apps these NHS approved mental health and wellbeing apps include finding ways to exercise and practical ideas for healthy meals. You can also find free apps and tools to help lift your mood.

Weight Watchers Hampshire offers a range of support to over 16's looking to lose weight. For individuals with a BMI of 28 or above living in Hampshire (not Southampton and Portsmouth) this is a funded service. Call 0345 602 7068 quoting WWRS095 or complete the online form.

Man V Fat football If you’re a man in Hampshire who wants to lose weight, improve your fitness and play football with a bunch of likeminded men, MAN v FAT Football is for you.

Smokefree Hampshire provides support to stop smoking, call 01264 563039 or text Quit to 66777.

Let’s Talk About It is a confidential information and support service for contraception and sexual health. Call 0300 300 2016.

NHS One You support to cut back on alcohol, including the Drink Free Days App.

Stop Domestic Abuse supports anyone affected by domestic abuse. Call 0330 016 5112 or email advice@stopdomesticabuse.uk. Dial 999 in an emergency.

NHS Health Check If you are aged 40 to 74, you may be eligible for a free NHS health check. Contact your GP to find out if you are eligible.

Rethink Your Drink Found out if you're drinking too much. Drinking too much can affect your body, your mind and your relationships.

Inclusion Recovery Hampshire offers support with drug and alcohol issues. Those aged 24 and under can call 0845 459 9405. Those aged 25 and over can call 0300 124 0103.

Looking after my mind

Very Mind Matters offers expert advice and practical tips which cover the Five Ways to Wellbeing and other topics such as what to do if you are worried about coronavirus, sleeping better and managing difficult thoughts and feelings.

Five Ways to Wellbeing helps you to understand the five key elements which contribute to mental wellbeing:

  • · Connect with the people around you
  • · Be active by building activity into your everyday routine
  • · Keep learning to gain self-confidence and learn new skills
  • · Give – helping others can boost wellbeing
  • · Take notice by focusing on your thoughts and feelings

Mind Support Line for Hampshire is available on 023 8017 9049, 8am-8pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends. The charity offers support and ideas to help you to cope if you feel anxious or low, practical guidance on how to stay well at home, specific support such as benefits or bereavement services, and support for carers.

Rethink Mental Illness Carers Hub has information on how to look after a loved one.

Information from MIND on supporting yourself while caring for someone.

Relate provides relationship support.

The Jo Cox Foundation offers a loneliness directory and a Chatbot to help people experiencing loneliness by directing them to the best support possible. If you are feeling lonely, send "Hi" on WhatsApp to 07902 922 908.

OCD UK helps those affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. You can call 03332 127890.

National Autistic Society provides guidance on a range of mental health difficulties.

Mencap has information about learning disabilities and mental health.

Feeling Down: Looking after my Mental Health guide by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

You can find further information about Mental Health support for adults on Connect to Support Hampshire as well as a directory of local and national support services (select your location to filter for services available to residents in your area).