Looking after yourself, both physically and mentally, is so important in order to live the best life possible and be successful at college.

Here at Highbury College, we aim to support you through any difficulties you might be experiencing and help to inform you of ways to keep yourself healthy.

5 Ways to Wellbeing

What are the 5 ways to wellbeing?

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a wellbeing equivalent of ‘five fruit and vegetables a day’. It is recommended that individuals build the Five Ways (which are described in the boxes below) into their daily lives to improve their wellbeing. By educating and engaging with these 5 aspects across a wide range of subjects, we encourage our students to monitor and increase healthy choices to enable them to reach their potential and ability to unlock a sustainable future. The 5 ways are:

  • CONNECT… with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
  • BE ACTIVE… Swap your inactive pursuits with active ones. Go for a walk. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Walk or cycle when making short journeys. Being active makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
  • TAKE NOTICE… Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch, or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
  • KEEP LEARNING… Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
  • GIVE… Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

What subjects does Health & Wellbeing cover?

We have 5 specifically tailored courses depending on the student’s needs. These include subjects such as why young people take risk, motivation, life skills, communication, nutrition, sexual health, drugs, restorative practice and much more.

To find out more about our Health & Wellbeing sessions, contact:


Helpful Resources

This information is not meant to treat depression, social anxiety, bipolar disorder or any other mental illness. The diagnosis and treatment of clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or any other mental illness requires the attention of a physician or other properly qualified mental health professional. If you are seeking diagnosis or treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or any other mental illness, you should consult a physician or mental health professional. The information on these websites is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional.

External Wellbeing Support Services

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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Portsmouth Wellbeing Service

Portsmouth wellbeing service operates from venues across Portsmouth and is a free service. With one-to-one appointments, group sessions and drop-in clinics. Focusing on education and goals to enable long-term change.

Phone: 02392 294001
Email: wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Address: Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AL

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Family Hubs

Family hubs are there to provide support to families, young people and children up to the age of 19 years.

Buckland Family Hub

Address: Turner Road, Buckland, PO1 4PN
Phone: 023 9273 3440
Email: bucklandfamilyhub@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Landport Family Hub

Address: 221 Arundel Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1NF
Phone: 023 9281 5005
Email: landportfamilyhub@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Somerstown Family Hub

Address: Omega Street, Southsea, PO5 4LP
Phone: 023 9282 1816
Email: somerstownfamilyhub@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Milton Park Family Hub

Address: Perth Road, Southsea, PO4 8EU
Phone: 023 9282 7392
Email: miltonfamilyhub@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Northern Parade Family Hub

Address: Doyle Avenue, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9NE
Phone: 023 9266 0866
Email: northernparadefamilyhub@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Paulsgrove Family Hub

Address: Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, PO6 3PL
Phone: 023 9238 5995
Email: paulsgrovefamilyhub@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Simon Says

Simon says support children and young people up to 18 years in Hampshire, who have a significant person in their life who had died or is dying. Session run a monthly basis and are free. Need to register before you go.

Eastleigh YPG (11-18).
New Milton (0-18).
Gosport (0-18).
Portsmouth (0-18)

Support Line Number: 02380 647550

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Solent Mind Wellbeing Centre

If you are aged 18 or over, live in Portsmouth and have a mental health issue, Solent Mind can help.

  • Advice and information about mental health and treatment options
  • Support as an individual or in group activities
  • Signposting to other organisations that could help
  • Opportunities to share your skills and experience, to help other people with mental health conditions

Address: Portsmouth Wellbeing Centre, 100 Palmerston Road, SouthseaPO5 3PT
Phone: 023 9282 4795
Email: PSRwellbeingcentre@solentmind.org.uk

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Fareham and Gosport Wellbeing Centre

Fareham and Gosport wellbeing centre provides a wellbeing service to promote choice and control with a varied recovery focused programme for those facing mental health issues. Weekly group held at

126 West Street, Fareham PO16 OET

Phone: 01329 821445
Advice and Information Line : 0300 1233393

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Paulsgrove Children’s Centre

Service that can help provide advice on staying healthy, sexual health, mental health and wellbeing, medical conditions and illnesses.

Address: Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth PO6 3PL
Phone: 02392 385995
Email: paulsgrovecc@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Pushing Change

A support network which is there to help you through your recovery journey using support, advice and inspiration.

Office address: Pushing Change, 67 Kingston Road, Portsmouth PO2 7DX
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am-4pm
Phone: 02392 864374
Email: dann.sullivan@pushingchange.org

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Rebound Carers Support Group

Rebound is a support group free of charge to carers and family members affected by loved one’s with substance misuse. Group meeting held at 117 Orchard Road Southsea PO4 OAD

Phone: 07939 580167

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Healthy Lifestyle

Oasis wellness centre: Queen Alexandra Hospital Cosham Portsmouth PO6 3LY
Phone: 02392 283333

Opening Hours Monday to Friday 6:00-21:00 Saturday 8:00 – 16:00 Sunday 8:00-16:00

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Smoking cessation helplines

National Help line: 0800 0224332
Quitline: 0800 00 22 00
Dads Quitline: 0800 00 22 11 
Bengali Quitline: 0800 00 22 44
Gujarati Quitline: 0800 00 22 55
Hindi Quitline: 0800 00 22 66


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