Isle of Wight Council

Public Health - Living Well

Mental Health & Substance Misuse

Mental health

Mental health is a key priority for the Island. In the past accessing the right service to support people’s mental health has not been as easy as it could be. To improve access to the right kind of support the Mental Health Alliance (MHA) has been formed.

Mental Health Alliance (MHA)

The MHA is a partnership between:

  • NHS
  • Voluntary sector
  • Other organisations
  • Ourselves

The MHA is involved in supporting people’s wellbeing or working with people to build their resilience to manage mental health issues.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has created or enhanced mental health challenges for some.

This includes anxiety and depression, while isolation may has left some people feeling lonely and disconnected.

The MHA aims are to:

  • make it easier to find support to meet people’s needs
  • offer everyone an equal opportunity to choose and access the options that will improve wellbeing and mental health

We recognise that people have different needs at different times We are working to provide information about the resources, services and sources of support available on the island. Below are a couple of organisations that can help:

Suicide Prevention

The Isle of Wight suicide prevention strategy and action plan have been developed in line with the government’s local suicide prevention planning practice resource and national plan. It has also been produced using the findings from the suicide audit and suicide prevention stakeholder workshops.
Key partners in the strategy include:

  • NHS
  • CCG 
  • Emergency services 
  • Voluntary sector 
  • Coroners
  • Coastguard
  • People with a life experience

Working together, key priorities have been identified. Each priority focuses on at risk groups and risk factors. Individual task and finish groups have been set up to address each of the priorities.

With the development of real time suspected suicide surveillance, the risk groups and priorities will be reviewed and revised where necessary at the quarterly steering group meetings.

We shall shortly be working on developing and refreshing the current strategy. This is to make sure that the strategy meets the needs of our community.

Help and support services

If you are feeling in despair or are feeling suicidal there are people who you can reach out to for support.

18 years or over

You can:

  • drop into the Safe Haven at 7 High Street, Newport, PO30 1SS.
  • call 01983 520168 and speak to the Community Mental Health Safe Haven
  • email

Trained professionals can discuss your mental health concerns and provide help.

The service is available:

  • Monday to Friday between 5pm and 10pm
  • Weekends and bank holidays between 10am and 10pm

11 to 17 years old (or up to 18 with additional needs)

You can:

  • call 07741 665182 and speak to Space 4U

They provide an emotional crisis support service for young people.

The service is available:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 5pm and 8pm
  • Saturday between 10am and 1.30pm

Access to psychiatric crisis support

You can call the Single Points of Access Service if:

  • your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse
  • you are worried about someone you know

The service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be contacted on 01983 522214.

Samaritans can be contacted for telephone support and face to face counselling. For more information visit the Samaritans website.

Papyrus provides help for young people up to the age of 30 years. For more information visit the Papyrus website.

Substance misuse

Inclusion IOW are an NHS organisation. Inclusion work with individuals who want help and support for their drug use. Inclusion understand the difficulty and effort it takes to reach out and ask for help. They will always do their utmost to support you to transition to a better place and keep you safe.

They have strong and robust structures in place to ensure their services are safe, effective and responding to your needs. The way they work has been developed with service users over many years.

How to get help

If you need help you can get in touch with Inclusion IOW by: