Dual Diagnosis Supported Housing

Our Dual Diagnosis Service in Portsmouth is a small, unique service that supports people with with mental illness who also use substances. There are many recognised mental health conditions, including Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

Many people use substances to help them manage the symptoms of their illness, but substances can also have an adverse effect on the illness and make it harder to treat.

People with a dual diagnosis should be able to get support for both their mental illness and their substance use problem, but this is not always as easy as it sounds.

What came first? The mental illness or the substance use?

At our Dual Diagnosis service we try to work closely with both mental health professionals and substance misuse service to provide the most holistic support offer for people. We have staff on site every day until 10pm and out of hours support during the night. The ethos of the service is that it is OK to talk about mental illness and substance use, and it doesn’t make you a bad person if you have problems with both.

We encourage group activities every day and the people living in the house are very supportive of one another. Many access opportunities in the community including our Sports Therapy Programme ‘Refit’ and the volunteering opportunities we provide at our Cafe in the Park.

Many people have moved on from the service and are living a successful and fulfilling life in the community, despite the ongoing ups and downs they experience with their mental health. We don’t shut the door on people and are always happy to offer a bit of support and advice to our ex-residents when they need it.