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Resources/ Signposting

If you are feeling distressed and feel like you need to speak to someone right now, you should try contacting your GP.

Alternatively, there are other local and national charities that are able to help with support.



The Samaritans are a registered charity who offer a free 24-hour support helpline.

Call them on 116 123

Or you can visit their website for more details here.


Access Mental Health (Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust)

Dorset NHS offer support to Dorset residents (and people visiting) through Access Mental Health services.  These include:

  • Connection – a 24/7 helpline open to all ages, call 0300 123 5440

  • The Retreat – providing a safe place to find face-to-face help and support for anyone aged 18 or above, open from 4.30pm-midnight at locations in Bournemouth and Dorchester. 

  • Community Front Rooms – providing a safe place to discuss problems and work towards solutions for anyone aged 18 and above, open from 3.15pm-10.45pm at locations in Bridport, Shaftesbury and Wareham.

For more information visit the Access Mental Health website here.


Mind are a national mental health charity, who seek to ensure the no one has to face a mental health problem alone.  Their website offers information and support about mental health issues and can be visited here.


Dorset Mind

Dorset Mind is a local mental health charity that educates and supports people around mental heath issues, with various resources like Support Groups, Counselling, Eco-therapy and Self-care Resources.

You can view their website here.


BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

BACP is a professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. 

For more information, visit their website here.


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