Charity (no. 1108168)

Dorset Mind

"We aim to create a community where talking about mental health becomes acceptable for everyone."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

We are Dorset Mind.

We aim to create a community where living with
and talking about mental health becomes acceptable
for everyone. Dorset Mind is one of over 100 Local
that provide essential mental health services
in local communities across England and Wales.

Please see our website:

Our Services Are

Free Low Cost Charged Donation Appreciated

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What We Do

Adult Services

Dorset Mind offers a range of safe, wellbeing support services that can be tailored and mixed to meet your needs. They aim to develop and improve positive  mental wellbeing for everyone.

Adult 121s

We deliver a range of individual support, specifically for you and your needs. Our friendly practitioners, counsellors, mentors and volunteers are non-judgemental, empathic and compassionate. They create a safe and confidential space in which to support you.

Adult Groups

Our experienced group facilitators are here to listen, guide peer discussions and to support you, all without judgement. Group sessions will introduce you to techniques that can help improve your mental wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence.

Adult Safeguarding

If you suspect someone is taking advantage of a vulnerable adult, you must report this as an adult safeguarding concern. Break the silence. Contact Adult Social Care or the Police; they will listen to you and give advice about what to do.

Community Organisations

There are community organisations in Dorset that represent and want to help support local people with their mental wellbeing.

Young People Services

Dorset Mind YPS aims to help 11-25 year olds of Dorset; by providing them with the resources, tools,
information and advice and the services to support learning to live well with good mental health and resilience.

Young People 121s

1-2-1 sessions are delivered face-to-face or online. These safe spaces provide an environment where you can talk about your thoughts or feelings with a trained member of staff or volunteer. Our 1-2-1 services, ensure young people feel heard and listened to within a confidential space.

Young People Groups

Group support can help young people develop key social skills. Group sessions are suitable for young people experiencing mild-moderate mental health needs. Within sessions, you will learn key skills to support your mental health and wellbeing. Group numbers are limited within groups, ensuring space for participation from all.

Young People Safeguarding

If you suspect someone is taking advantage of a vulnerable young person, you must report this as a safeguarding concern. Break the silence – and don’t delay.

Contact the NSPCC or the Police; they will listen to you and give you advice about what to do.

Corporate &
Workplace Services

We work with local businesses that value and prioritise the mental health of its employees and the wider
Dorset Community.

To enable your organisation to do this in a meaningful way, we offer a range of support and opportunities for businesses to complement their wellbeing strategies and maintain a mentally healthy workplace.

For all services visit:

Mental Health
Resources Hub

A helpful hub of signposting information and advice where you can seek resources to support your own wellbeing and that of others.


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Get Involved

As a charity we are extremely passionate about creating a community in Dorset where living and talking about mental health becomes acceptable for everyone.

We simply couldn’t do this without the support of own community. All working together to connect people, to make the changes that are needed, and to support our services for mild to moderate mental health challenges for the people of Dorset


Connect with Dorset Mind today to find out more

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Connect with Dorset Mind today to find out more

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Additional Info

Urgent help

If you’re heading towards a crisis and need urgent support,
lease refer to the advice and contact numbers below.

If your life is at risk right now

Don’t hesitate

If you feel that you might be a danger to yourself or need urgent medical help, please:

  • Call 999 for an ambulance, or
  • Go straight to A&E – if you can do so safely.

If you can’t do this by yourself, ask someone to help you.

Mental health emergencies are serious. You’re not wasting anyone’s time.

If you don’t want to call 999

Text Support

(For adults and young people)

Shout 85258 provides 24/7 FREE, year-round confidential text support service any time of the day if you’re struggling to cope and need mental health support.

Access support from a trained Shout Volunteer by texting the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258

If you need to talk (24/7 helplines)

The Samaritans 24/7 Phoneline –

If you need to talk to someone, the Samaritans offer emotional support and a listening ear for all ages – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Call them on 116 123.

This is a FREEPHONE number that can even be called from a mobile that has no credit. Your call will not appear on the phone bill.

Connection 24/7 Phoneline for Dorset –

Connection is a 24/7 phone helpline for people of all ages in Dorset who are experiencing mental health issues and need support.

Call 111 and select ‘mental health’  or dial 0800 652 0190 to access support.

You do not need to be known by their services, and can also phone for support and advice about a friend or family member experiencing poor mental health.

Staff are trained to support anyone who calls, regardless of the level of mental health crisis, and can signpost you or your loved one to the most appropriate service which meets your needs.


(For young people under 18 or adults worried about someone under 18)

ChildLine provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. You can:

  • call 0800 1111 any time for free

The Mix

(For young people under 25)

The Mix provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem. You can:

  • call 0808 808 4994 for free – lines are open from 11am to 11pm every day


(For those under 13 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide and for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide)

Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) provides advice and support for young people who feel like they want to take their own life, and all their advice is confidential. You can:

  • call their helpline, HOPELineUK, on 0800 068 41 41

If you need to see someone in person

Local Community Front Rooms and Retreats offer face-to-face drop-ins, or online options to access support from mental health professionals

Community Front Rooms:

Community Front Rooms are open for face-to-face drop-ins and will continue to provide virtual drop-in sessions.

Both services are available Thursday-Sunday from 3.15 to 10.45pm for support at these locations:

  • Bridport: The Assembly Rooms, Gundry Lane, Bridport. DT6 3RL.
  • Shaftesbury: Unit 4-6, Ploy 25c, Longmead Industrial Estate, Shaftesbury. SP7 8PL.
  • Wareham: Unit 1, Leanne Business Centre, Sandford Lane, Wareham. BH20 4DY.
  • Weymouth: 56, St. Mary Street, Weymouth. DT4 8PP.

Access the online service here.

The Retreat:

The Retreat is open for face-to-face and virtual drop-ins for people aged 18 and over. It’s available at these times and locations:

  • Bournemouth: is open for face-to-face and virtual drop-ins from 4.30 to 11.30pm every day.
    Address: Hahnemann House, Hahnemann Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5JW.
  • Dorchester: is open for face-to-face drop-ins from 4.30 to 11.30pm Sunday-Wednesday, and virtual drop-ins from 4.30 to 11.30pm every day.
    Address: 30 Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2ER.

Access the online service here.

The University Retreat:

The University Retreat provides a drop-in service for students from ALL THREE Bournemouth universities: Bournemouth University, Arts University Bournemouth and AECC University College.

It’s open 2pm to 9pm, Monday to Saturday at Tolpuddle Annexe 2, Talbot Campus at Bournemouth University.

Students don’t need an appointment; they can pop in and talk to one of the friendly team.

Access details here.

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