SOUTHAMPTON residents are being urged to take care of their mental health amid the worsening cost-of-living.

Financial insecurity, unemployment and the high costs can have a detrimental impact on mental well-being.

People across the city could be experiencing stress, anxiety, loss of sleep and other symptoms of poor mental health.

The council is calling on residents to access help and support via their GP, school, college, university, place of work or through a local mental health support organisation if needed.

Liz Doyle, Southampton Steps2Wellbeing Service Manager, said: “At Steps2Wellbeing we understand that the rising cost of living can make people stressed, low or worried.

“The cost of basic necessities like paying for food and heating your home is especially challenging for people living with a long-term physical health condition – but help and support is available.

"Steps2Wellbeing is a free NHS talking therapy service for adults in Southampton.

“We provide counselling, courses and guided self-help that can help you to feel better.

“You can refer yourself quickly online or by giving us a call, with no need for a GP appointment at”

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “Many of us are personally experiencing, caring or know someone struggling with mental health, which is being exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis.

“Now more than ever during these darker and more challenging times, it is so important we look out for each other and look after our own mental health.

“We want people to take advantage of ways that can improve their health and wellbeing and encourage those you may be concerned about to do the same.

“Whether it’s going for a walk and enjoying Southampton’s stunning parks and open spaces; catching up with a friend or loved one or visiting someone you know may be lonely; planning time-out from your screen during the day and making the most of free activities within your local community that bring people together, from arts and crafts to sport.

“We also have some fantastic organisations in Southampton that provide free mental health support, so if you’re struggling, please know that you are not alone, help is available.”