Southampton is a vibrant, historic waterfront city with a diverse population, a strong growing economy and high quality health and care services. In Southampton, people living in the most deprived areas of the city have poorer outcomes than those living in the least deprived areas of the city. This means there is for us to do to make sure all of our residents receive the highest standard of health and wellbeing equally across Southampton.

To tackle these challenges, we take action, working across health and care, in partnership with NHS organisations, the voluntary sector and Southampton City Council.

Our vision in Southampton is for a healthy Southampton where everyone thrives. We will do this by:

  • Reducing inequalities and confronting deprivation
  • Tackling the city’s biggest killers
  • Working with people to build resilient communities and live independently
  • Improving mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Improving earlier help, care and support
  • Improving joined-up, whole-person care

In Southampton we have a number of services available, which includes:

If you live in Southampton, mental health services are provided by a variety of organisations.

  • If you or someone you care for is under 18 and experiencing emotional, behavioural and or mental health difficulties, you can be referred to Southampton’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This is a comprehensive mental health service for children and young people (0-18 years) promoting good mental health and psychological well-being. You can be referred to this service by your GP, your school, health visitor or social worker.
  • Support for children and young people up to the age of 25 is also available from No Limits. No Limits provide a wide range of services including information, advice, counselling and support. This help can accessed by contacting the service directly, as well as via referrals from families, friends and professionals. Find out more at
  • If you are aged 18+ and experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety or stress, the Southampton Steps to Wellbeing Service provides a range of therapies to support you. Steps to Wellbeing is a self-referral service but GPs and other healthcare professionals can also refer patients to the service. The service provides support over the telephone, face-to-face, in groups or online to ensure that support is as accessible as possible. Find out more at or phone 0800 612 7000. The service also now offers Steps to Wellbeing Body and Mind, which provides talking therapy to support people experiencing psychological distress who are also living with a long term health condition (such as diabetes, COPD, chronic pain, persistent physical symptoms and ME).

You can find out more by reading Southampton's Five Year Health and Care Strategy (2020-2025) here.

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