Do you know someone who looks after or supports a family member, partner or friend because of their illness, disability or emotional distress? Are they feeling stressed, worried or depressed about this?

Taking Care of Yourself is Your Best Gift to Others

Join us online to find out more about Solent Connexions

Backed by Solent NHS Trust, this new virtual initiative 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. There’s befriending support via Zoom or telephone, group support sessions, and 1-1 sessions.

Drop in and have a chat!

To launch Solent Connexions we will be holding 'drop-in' Zoom sessions. Drop in at anytime during the below events to have a chat. We will have opportunities to speak 1-1 or openly in a group about what the project can offer

To contact Solent Connexions ring Carolyn on 023 9310 6042 or email

A webinar introducing Solent Connexions and why we are launching this new support programme

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.

Taking Care of Yourself is Your Best Gift to Others

Watch our webinar for more details. Our guest speakers were:

Caroline Haworth from the Hive Portsmouth. As a carer herself, Caroline recognizes the issues many of us face when looking after and feeling responsible for a family member, partner or friend – even if you wouldn’t call yourself a carer! In her current role, Caroline helps to support a wide range of charities and community groups based in Portsmouth, and she previously worked for the Portsmouth Carers Centre particularly with people looking after someone else experiencing mental ill-health.

Claudine Weeks from Healthwatch Hampshire. As the Communication and Engagement lead, Claudine is passionate about sharing information in ways that people will find interesting and accessible. Claudine will talk about the research carried out last summer by Healthwatch Hampshire into the views of informal carers about their experiences during lockdown and the kind of support they’re looking for.

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Mental Wealth Academy

The Good Mental Health Cooperative

The Good Mental Health Cooperative supports people to access community based activities and workshops which help with inclusion, recovery and good mental health. The support is intended for people who have experienced serious life challenges, are socially isolated, anxious or lacking in confidence. This may include experience of mental ill-health, addictions, disability, bereavement, caring responsibilities for example. At the Good Mental Health Cooperative, we believe that connecting with others, and informal learning opportunities, are really important steps to good mental health, bringing a sense of inclusion and challenge, rather than feeling isolated and lacking in purpose.