'Wellbeing: we're onside' campaign with AFC Bournemouth

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Coronavirus and lockdown have affected all our lives in different ways. So AFC Bournemouth and its Community Support Trust have joined forces with us here at Dorset HealthCare to support your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

We're onside

Our month-long ‘Wellbeing: we're onside' campaign runs from 27 April through the club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Daily posts Monday-Friday each week will share lots of wellbeing topics and advice, linking to resources through this page. You'll be able to find and share ideas ranging from keeping active, feeding the family during lockdown and sleeping better, through to where to find immediate professional help.

Cherries defender and Wales international Chris Mepham will be involved with the project and is delighted to be involved in trying to help with the project during lockdown.

“At such a challenging time, remaining healthy - both mentally and physically - is so important. This initiative between the club's Community Sports Trust and the local NHS will help people across the area do that, and that's why I'm delighted to be supporting it. We’re hoping fans will also share their own ideas and experiences, as part of AFC Bournemouth’s movement for better mental health and wellbeing. Make sure you’re following us on social media to get the best advice.”


Our 'Wellbeing: we're onside' posts so far...

  • Healthy diets don't need to be time-consuming. Find quick and nutritious meal ideas.
  • Getting in a routine is so important. This can start as soon as you wake up and is key for a good night's sleep. Take a look at more sleep tips.
  • Worries overwhelming you? It’s hard not to worry about what the current situation means for you and for those you love. Check out an interactive webinar from Steps2Wellbeing on how to cope with worries and anxious thoughts.
  • It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and we’re supporting the #KindnessMatters campaign. Amid Coronavirus fears, we’re here to support you with your mental health.
  • Caught in a worry trap? It’s natural to experience a variety of emotions during Coronavirus. Take a moment to notice how you’re feeling and use our tips for managing your body’s responseBeans on toast again?
  • Eat healthily and make mealtimes fun and be inspired by these quick and easy meal ideas.
  • Are you able to change as the world around us changes? Too much information can be overwhelming. Find our tips on how to cope.
  • Are you worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life? Which things in your life can you control and which things do you need to let go of?
  • Struggling to set you and your family a daily structure during lockdown? Routine can really help our mental health in unpredictable times. Tips & techniques for balancing your life in lockdown.
  • Finding it difficult to get those important hours of shut-eye? Practising good habits is key to achieving a good night's sleep. Check out our sleep tips.
  • Knowing where to get the right support can be a headache. Fear not - we are here to help! Our ‘Wellbeing: we’re onside’ campaign with Dorset Health has the best links to trusted information.
  • Hands up if you’re feeling anxious, sad, angry, guilty? You’re definitely not alone in feeling this way. Have a look at some of our quick tips for coping with anxiety.
  • Taken up a new skill or set yourself a goal during lockdown? Need ideas for things to do?
  • Lots of us are spending more time at home, let’s find creative ways of staying active! Our "Wellbeing: we’re onside" campaign aims to get you up and moving .
  • You’re not alone in dealing with the impact of Coronavirus. That's why we’ve teamed up with Dorset HealthCare on the ‘Wellbeing: we're onside' campaign.
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Can't wait until the next wellbeing tip?

Take a look through our Four Pillars of Wellbeing - jam-packed with resources to support your mental and physical health:

  • Learn more about COVID-19
  • Build a healthy lifestyle
  • Do what matters to you
  • Enhance your emotional wellbeing

  • Terms and conditions for ‘Wellbeing: we’re onside’ social media giveaway - win an AFC Bournemouth goody bag (22.05.20-26.05.20)

    For the final day of our 'Wellbeing: we’re onside' campaign with AFC Bournemouth we’ve got a Cherries goody bag up for grabs!

    To enter the draw:

    1. LIKE our Facebook page or Twitter feed and
    2. COMMENT under the Facebook post or tweet to say how you’re supporting your wellbeing during lockdown
    • Open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over.
    • Entries open until 23:59 on 26.05.20.
    • One entry per person.
    • Winner will be chosen at random from entries on original DorsetHealthCare posts on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Promoter’s decision is final.
    • Winner announced 27.05.20 on this website. Congratulations to Dom Weir, whose name was chosen at random from all the entries.
    • Prize is not transferable or exchangeable for cash.
    • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook or Twitter.

    Helplines and support groups

    Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.

    Dorset services


    24-hour helpline, on 0300 123 5440, offering urgent telephone access to mental health advice and support for people of all ages

    Domestic abuse and safeguarding

    During lockdown families are spending much more time together and this can increase stress and harm. #youarenotalone if you live in Dorset help is available.

    If you are worried about a child who may be being harmed, abused or neglected in Dorset you can report concerns.

    If you are worried about an adult who may be at risk of harm, abuse or neglect you can report concerns.

    CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

    Offering assessment and treatment to children and young people up the age of 18 who are experiencing significant mental health difficulties. Support also for families and carers. Services provided across Dorset, with main bases in Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Blandford and Dorchester.

    Dorset Mental Health Forum

    A local peer-led charity to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental illness by promoting wellbeing and recovery. We believe people with lived experience of mental health difficulties have a wealth of specialist knowledge and valuable expertise. We believe in the effectiveness of partnership working in the design and provision of mental health services. Everyone has an equal right to enjoy all the opportunities life can provide, which is why we promote the principle that hope, mental health and wellbeing are essential to all.

    Dorset Pain Management Service

    A multi-disciplinary team of pain specialists, supporting you to develop new skills to understand your body and deal with pain with greater knowledge and confidence. Together, we provide a range of services so that we can tailor what we offer to match your clinical and personal needs. This will help you come to terms with your pain and adopt effective strategies for living life meaningfully.

    Steps to Wellbeing

    A free, confidential NHS service for anyone aged 18+ who is experiencing problems with low mood/depression, anxiety or stress and is registered at a GP surgery in Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole) and in Southampton.

    We provide support either over the telephone, face-to-face, in groups or via the internet. We are a self-referral service, which means you can contact us directly to access support. We also accept referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals.

    National helplines and support groups, as listed on the NHS UK website

    Anxiety UK

    Support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm).

    Bipolar UK

    Helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.


    The Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight).

    Men's Health Forum

    24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

    Mental Health Foundation

    Information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.


    Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm).

    No Panic

    Support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge.

    OCD Action

    Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Phone: 03006365478 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge.

    OCD UK

    A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).


    Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays).

    Rethink Mental Illness

    Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)


    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline).


    Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm). Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare. Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum


    Information on child and adolescent mental health for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm).

    Mental health and wellbeing advice