Mental Health Care in Portsmouth

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.

If you or someone you know is in need of psychiatric care or mental health services, please call our direct line at (603) 433-4980 to speak to a representative within our department.

Free crisis-suicide prevention hotline 24/7

24/7 Crisis and referral services
603-433-5270

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call our crisis-suicide prevention hotline, available 24/7:

  • (800) 924-1086 (toll-free in New Hampshire)
  • (800) 221-9666 (toll-free outside new Hampshire)
  • 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 admission to our behavioral health unit or referral to another hospital program, outpatient healthcare provider, community resource or support group.

    Depending on the situation, we'll conduct interviews by phone or in person. You'll receive support and encouragement to address your concerns and referral for a variety of behavioral health needs, including psychiatric illness, substance dependence, distress, anxiety and depression. Our PARS team is trained to identify and assist individuals at risk of suicide.

    Healing the whole person

    Because we understand that events or actions in one area can affect everything else, the care you receive at Portsmouth Regional Hospital addresses the whole person. We understand the stress that can accompany health conditions and work to heal body, mind and spirit.

    Mental health 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

    Your best choice for emotional, behavioral or mental health care

    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.

    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.

    Learn More About Our Behavioral Health Unit

    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.

    Learn More About Our Partial Hospitalization Program

    24/7 Crisis and Referral Services
    603-433-5270

    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.

    Learn More About Our 24/7 Crisis and Referral Services

    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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    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.

    Signs of depression

    Putting up a good front but feeling like your life is in turmoil? Struggling to cope after the birth of a baby? Or the illness or death of a loved one? You're not alone.

    Check for these signs of depression, which also apply to postpartum depression. If you, a loved one or friend have several symptoms, you may need to find professional help. Discuss the situation with your doctor immediately.

    Signs of depression include:

    • Persistent sadness or anxiety
    • Decreased energy
    • Loss of interest in usual activities – including sex and hobbies
    • Sleep disturbances – insomnia or oversleeping
    • Appetite and weight changes – loss or gain
    • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
    • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
    • Thoughts of death or suicide attempts
    • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
    • Chronic aches or persistent symptoms not caused by physical disease

    Signs of addiction

    Check for these signs of chemical dependency. If you, a loved one or friend have several, you may need to find professional help. Discuss the situation with your doctor right away.

    Signs of chemical dependency include:

    • Trouble at work, in school or at home due to drinking or drug use
    • Consistently drinking or using drugs more than you intend
    • Experiencing "blackouts" – loss of memory while drinking or using drugs
    • Arguing with family or friends because of alcohol or drug use
    • Increased tolerance – needing more of the substance for the same effect
    • Drinking or using drugs alone
    • Drinking or using drugs to cope with a problem
    • Feeling depressed after becoming sober
    • Feeling guilty about drinking or drug use
    • Trouble with stopping or cutting down on substances

    Educational Resources

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