"There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps" – Peter A. Cohen


At Highbury College, we understand that some students may face particular pressures or problems. Mentors provide one-to-one support for students who may be experiencing difficulties and are at risk of not completing their course. Problems might include:

  • Personal/social problems, such as financial difficulties, homelessness, substance misuse, bullying or relationship issues.
  • Behavioural and mental health issues impacting on learning.

To find out more about our mentoring, please contact:


Drop-in times: Monday to Friday: 9am–4:30pm

Mental Health and Care Advisor

If any student is experiencing a severe mental health issue and needs extra support at College, our Mental Health and Care Advisor is here to offer them additional support. They can offer further interventions and are able to get in touch with outside agencies to ensure students are thoroughly supported both in and out of College.

To find out more about our Mental Health and Wellbeing drop-in sessions, please contact:


Drop-in times: Monday to Thursday: 12–1pm

External Emotional Support Services

Every Mind Matters

Resources to help all aspects of your mental health and well being.

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Catch 22- Fareham substance misuse support (11-16 year olds)

Catch 22 works at every stage of the social welfare cycle to build resilience and aspiration in people and communities.

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Hope House- homelessness (18+)

Help single homeless people, usually with a local connection, including people with alcohol, drug and mental health problems. Can accommodate people with dogs.

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The YOU Trust Portsmouth (18+)

The YOU Trust is a charity that has been supporting vulnerable people across the UK since 1985. We work across a wide range of specialist areas from Learning Disabilities to Mental Health and Stalking, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Services and everything we do is about ensuring the people we support can have the life they want. We would love you to support us in what we do.

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U Matter (Relate)

U Matter support young people and their families by building resilience, improving emotional wellbeing, and supporting good mental health.

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Motiv8 exists to improve the life chances of young people and families. We do this to reduce offending, anti-social behaviour and the risk disengagement from learning or employment.

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CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services which are specialist services that provide assessment, treatment and support to young people with emotional, behavioural and mental heath difficulties. Solent CAMHS covers our sites in Portsmouth and Southampton.

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Off the Record (11-25)

Free and confidential - information, support and counselling for young people aged 11 - 25.

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Solent Pulse

Solent Pulse is a new confidential service for young people and parents to text in and contact a qualified nurse for information or advice.Young people and parents will get a response to their text enquiry within 24 hours.

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Need to talk to someone now? Chat to a counsellor and use this free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm

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Talking Change

Talking Change is a free service provided through the NHS. They offer a choice of therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling, and will help you decide if a particular therapy is recommended first. In most cases, they offer emotional wellbeing courses before offering one-to-one therapies. You can access Talking Change if you're aged sixteen or over, you live in Portsmouth, and you're registered with a doctor in the city.

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Coram Voice

Free Always Heard Helpline for children involved with Children’s Services who need any of the following:

  • advice on their rights and what support they’re entitled to
  • support at meetings with Children’s Services to express their wishes and feelings
  • support to make a complaint if they are not happy about the decisions that have been made about them

Freephone helpline: 0808 800 5792
Email: help@coramvoice.org.uk
Text and WhatsApp: 07758 670369

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Emergency Medical Support

St Mary's NHS Treatment Centre

0333 200 1822
111 (out of hours)

NHS 111

If you are at risk of harming yourself, you can call this free NHS service (free from both mobiles and landlines) anytime, day or night, and on every day of the year.


Accident and Emergency Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital Cosham

If you can, get a friend to accompany you to A&E. If not phone 999 now. Let the staff know that you are feeling unsafe and at risk of harming yourself.

Samaritans 24-hour advice and support

+44 (0)23 9269 1313 (local branch)
+44 (0)116 123 (national number)