Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers hope, help, encouragement, and support for individuals with a wide range of behavioral and mental health conditions, including chemical dependency. Individuals receive the highest quality care through specialized services in a safe, healthy, nonjudgmental, and calming environment.

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Your Best Choice for Emotional, Behavioral or Mental Health Cares

Portsmouth Regional Hospital leads the Seacoast region in providing high-quality psychiatric care. Combining our experience and advanced medical expertise, we offer unparalleled attention for the emotional health needs of you or your loved ones.

Our mental and behavioral health programs cover a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services for adults and adolescents ages 18 and up. Following assessment, we develop an individualized care plan that prioritizes safety, crisis stabilization, collaboration with outpatient treatment opportunities, aftercare, individual empowerment, and an emphasis on patient and family education and support.

Multiple Levels of Care to Meet Individual Needs

Portsmouth Regional Hospital will advocate and support our patients through a full continuum of treatment programs and provide the highest quality of mental healthcare. Our program provides personalized, dedicated care in a comfortable setting, while retaining full access to the exceptional medical care at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

If you or someone you know may benefit from treatment or have questions, please contact our 24-hour behavioral health regional referral center at 603-433-5270.

The inpatient program is for individuals ages 18 and over with acute psychiatric, emotional, or behavioral disorders and 24-hour monitoring and treatment is required. The length of stay depends on the patient’s needs but is typically 6-10 days. Only a physician can determine the need for an inpatient hospitalization.

Your safety and security are guiding factors in everything we do, from identifying behavioral health programs, therapies and specialists to designing the environment and controlling visitor access. Our behavioral health team helps stabilize individuals in acute psychiatric crisis and provides a program of treatment, counseling, and/or medication management.

The Behavioral Health Unit offers a warm and friendly environment for recovery located at Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s main campus. Our non-smoking behavioral health unit features semi-private rooms with a total of 30 beds. The first floor unit offers dedicated private and group therapy rooms, dining areas, and common gathering space for our patients.

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You can be admitted on an emergency basis if two qualified professionals certify your behavior is presenting an immediate threat of serious harm to yourself or to others because of a mental illness.

Within 72 hours of your admission you will meet with your own appointed attorney and a hearing will be conducted to ensure each patient’s rights have been upheld. Following the result of the hearing it may be determined that your stay will be extended. We realize this can be a trying time for individuals and all of our hospital staff will work with you or your loved ones to ensure they remain safe and comfortable on our unit.

An emergency admission is an involuntary admission, so you may not leave the hospital without approval of your attending physician.

Whether you need a gradual transition from an inpatient stay or a treatment program that combines structure during the day with the flexibility of being at home in the evenings, our Partial Program provides an intense outpatient treatment setting for adults who are struggling with maintaining daily routines due to symptoms of anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.

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24/7 Crisis and Referral Services

When you're ready for discharge, we help you transition from inpatient to outpatient care. Through a careful evaluation of your medical and psychiatric history, we identify the most appropriate healthcare and community resources for your care and provide referrals to help you continue the important work of recovery.

Our free, 24-hour crisis line for assistance and referral lets you talk with a trained mental health professional any time of the day or night. Our mission is to connect individuals and families in crisis with the right level of care for an emotional or behavioral problem–either through admission to our behavioral health unit or referral to another hospital program, outpatient healthcare provider, and community resource or support group.

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We encourage patients to attend self-help meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA/Al-Anon), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alateen. AA meetings are held at Portsmouth Regional Hospital every evening from Sunday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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Conditions We Treat

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse and Chemical (Alcohol) Dependency
  • Psychotic and Bipolar Disorder
  • Behavior Management Issues
  • Other Mood, Personality and Psychiatric Disorders.
  • Post-Partum Depression, Depression and Addiction during Pregnancy

Our team is specially trained to respond to individuals at risk of suicide. Because Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a full-service hospital, medical-surgical services are quickly available should a medical emergency or complications arise during treatment.

Each psychiatrist is specially trained to help patients dealing with mental health problems including anxiety, depression and other disorders.

Your mental health program may include expressive therapy, introductory cognitive behavioral therapy, illness and medical management, management of stress and vulnerability, coping strategies, and relaxation techniques.

Compassionate Team of Experts

Our doctors understand the pain our patients feel when they come to us, whether they're seeking help for emotional, psychiatric, or chemical dependency issues. Our team strives to make each individual feel comfortable and respected, supported, and not alone.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s team of experienced medical professionals, including board-certified psychiatrists from different specialties, applies a multispecialty approach to overall patient health. This means an entire team, including psychiatrists, specialized nurses, licensed social workers, addictionologists, psychiatric analysts, and other professionals, combines their expertise to develop personalized treatment plans for each patient's needs.

Because we focus on restoring you to whole health and wellness, we offer care for your mind, body, and spirit. You may benefit from Reiki relaxation therapy, pastoral care, nutritional services and classes in yoga and tai chi.

Educational Resources

Learn more about emotional, behavioral and mental health and related conditions in our online Health Library.