Community resources

Crisis and General Mental Health



If you are desperate to talk to someone, the Samaritans can help – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and an email service (response time: 24hrs)


Tel: 116 123



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 as part of the Dorset Crisis Response Service.

Recovery Education Centre (REC)

Provides courses to help understand experiences manage recovery and support others. Offer courses, workshops and seminars within local community. All courses are free.


Tel: 01202 584478

Mobile: 07787 836708



The Retreat’ Out-of-hours services for adults (18+)


No appointment is necessary – you will receive 1-2-1 recovery focused support from a mental health professional or peer specialist with lived experience.


Opening Hours: 4.30pm to midnight, Monday to Sunday.


Bournemouth: Hahnemann House, Hahnemann Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5JW.


Dorchester: 30 Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester, DT1 2ER.


Community Front Rooms







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


Thursday-Sunday from 3.15-10.45pm for support.


Access the service virtually with the choice of locations below.





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Dorset mental health forum



Peer led charity to support lives of those affected by mental health. Promoting wellbeing and recovery, peer led services.



Tel: 01305 257172 (9:30am - 3:30pm, Mon - Fri)







Support groups and advice.

Infoline: 0300 123 3393


Tel: 01202 392 910



Mind Infoline


Source of information for types of mental health problems, where to get help; medication and alternative treatments; and advocacy.


It’s open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).



Call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.


Community Front Rooms

No appointment is necessary – you will receive 1-2-1 recovery focused support from a mental health professional or peer specialist with lived experience.


Out-of-hours services for adults (18+)


Opening Hours: 3.15pm to 10.45pm, Thursday to Sunday.

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.


Information and support for people affected by mental health problems.

Tel: 02073 751002


Live well with pain

Live Well with Pain, developed by clinicians, for clinicians to help you support your patients towards better self-management of their long term pain.


About Live Well

Contact Us:


The pain Toolkit

Helping people all over the world self-manage with persistent pain  


 Institute for Chronic Pain

The Institute for Chronic Pain is an educational and public policy think tank whose mission is to make pain management more effective by changing the culture of how chronic pain is treated.

Pain Concern

We work to improve the lives of people living with pain and those who care for them.



Mondays: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Fridays: 10:00am – 12:00pm


The British Pain Society

The British Pain Society is an alliance of professionals advancing the understanding and management of pain for the benefit of patients.

Tel: 020 7269 7840

For media enquiries:

Tel: 020 7269 7842


Retrain pain foundation

Retrain Pain was founded by three New York based physical therapists (Elan Schneider, Rob DiLillo, and Greg Hullstrung), who teamed up to build an organization devoted to free online pain education.


Dorset Pain Management Service

In the service you will learn new skills to help manage your pain. But you won’t be doing this alone - we’re all here, walking the walk with you

PainPals Helpline – 01202 858361

Mon-Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Wed 14:00 - 16:00 only



To inform both the public and health care practitioners about the latest pain research.


About us — Pain-Ed

Dorset Self-management service

Help &care is a registered charity that supports people.

Telephone : 03001113303


A49, Aerodrome studios, Christchurch .Dorset

BH23 3TS

Our Impact & Stories · Help & Care (


ASSIST Trauma Care

Information and specialist help for people who've experienced trauma or are supporting someone who has.





Victim Support

Provides emotional and practical support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.


Tel: 0808 168 9111



The Survivors Trust

Lists local specialist services for survivors of sexual violence, including advocates and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).


Tel: 08088 010 818


The Truth Project

The Truth Project offers victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the chance to share their experiences and be heard with respect.


The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

A charity supporting adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Provides a support line and local support services.


Tel: 0808 801 0331

Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse (HAVOCA)

Information and support for adults affected by childhood abuse, including an online support forum.



Life Centre

Support for survivors of sexual abuse and anyone supporting them, including a helpline, text support and email counselling.


Free phone: 0808 802 0808

Text line: 07717 989 022

Combat stress

Support for male and female ex veterans and their careers. Treatment center in Surrey.







Information and support for people bereaved or seriously injured due to road crashes.



Tel: 08454 500 355


PTSD Resolution

Helps veterans, reservists and their families with trauma and distress.


Tel: 0300 302 0551

Hurting 2 Healing

Charitable Incorporated Organisation that was formerly Dorset Action on Abuse (DAA). They provide a range of therapeutic services.

Seaforth House, 176 Bournemouth Road, Parkston, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9HA 

Tel: 01202 732424





(Sexual Trauma and Recovery service)


Sexual Trauma and recovery service Support Centre is a voluntary organization run for men, women, and young people over 16 who have been raped or sexually abused.


Helpline: 01202 308855

 Monday 1pm - 3pm

Tuesday 10am - 12pm
Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm - 9:30pm
 Friday 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday 4pm - 6pm

Counselling Enquiries: 01202 308847
Independent Sexual Violence Advice (ISVA) Enquiries: 01202 308858.


Mankind initiative



Charity for men experiencing domestic violence by their current or former partner wife or partner (including same sex partner).


Tel: 01823 334 244



Woman Aid

Charity for women and children experiencing domestic violence. 24 hour Freephone number.



Free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Tel: 0117 944 44 11 (general enquiries only)




Victim support – has a male DV champion


Can call Dorset Helpline for advice.

Can have f2f appointments with victim support.

Can also organise translator appointments if needed e.g. conference calls.

49 Gloucester Rd, Bournemouth BH7 6JA

Dorset Helpline: 0300 3030 163

Can book face-to-face appointments


POSD : Positive outcome for dissociative survival

A project of Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust (START).  PODS works to make recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, information and support.  Contact to make appointments.


Helpline 0800 181 4420 Tuesday 6-8pm



Anxiety UK     


Advice and support for people living with anxiety

Helpline: 03444 775 775

Text: 07537 416 905


No Panic

Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmers, and support for people with anxiety disorders

Provides self-help therapy groups and support for those with OCD, phobias and related anxiety disorders

Helpline: 0844 967 4848 (10am - 10pm)

Youth Helpline: 0330 606 1174 (For 13 to 20 year olds, open 3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday)


Obsessions together


Local support group for people with OCD. Please check website for up-to-date meeting times and venues.


Contact Details: Stephen or Chris Tel: 07833 692307       

Tel: 07512190058         

 Tel: 07931371663               


OCD support groups facelifted by staff and volunteers with lived experience, our online support groups are a place to share experiences and exchange recovery focused ideas run twice a week and is completely free to access.


Tel: 01332588112




Over eaters anonymous


A program of recovery from compulsive eating.  It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet.




Tel: 07000 784985

I*EAT What's Your Hunger


Course for people who experience difficulty with emotional overeating.




Bournemouth Bipolar Support Group We have support groups available on Zoom for people who live anywhere in the country.

Please see here for more information and to register: 03333233880

Moor down Community Centre 21 Coronation Avenue , Bournnmeouth .



Support for grief and bereavement.

Search for local Cruse Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Provides emotional and practical support. Telephone, group and email support.

Tel: 0300 111 5065 (9am - 9pm)


PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They support young people under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, as well as people concerned about someone else.

Helpline: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07860039967


Their Helpline UK service is open 9am - midnight every day of the year (including weekends and bank holidays).

Understanding Unusual Experiences

Hearing Voices Network


Sharing information and free   resources through our website, social media, e-bulletin, newsletter and email information service

Engaging with the media to present realistic and hopeful perspectives on hearing voices and related experiences


Compassion for voice

A website to support and promote compassionate approaches to voices and other experiences


Inter voice

Inter voice (International Hearing Voices Projects) is a charity, registered in the UK, that aims to support the International Hearing Voices Movement by connecting people, sharing ideas, distributing information.


Working to Recovery ltd


Working to Recovery an organization with many years’ experience in taking a different and more holistic approach to aiding “recovery from Psychosis”



National Paranoia Network


Information and support for people who experience paranoid thoughts.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, recover a better quality of life. It provides effective services and support and campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding.

National Advice Service: 0300 5000 927 (Open 9:30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday)



Health and Wellbeing

Dorchester Stroller

We encourage walking on a regular basis in a very sociable atmosphere. Regular walk days are Monday and Tuesday with occasional special walks on Thursdays or Sundays. The regular walks all start in Dorchester and with careful planning can be reached by public transport

Contact Maureen Haywood, Volunteer Co-ordinator 07771623973; Moira Pinder 01300 341255


Live well in Dorset

A service for people living in Dorset County, Bournemouth and Poole - providing information, guidance and support in helping you to stop smoking, lose weight, drink less and move more. 

 Includes free Slimming World / WW membership for a limited time for those with a BMI over 30



Freephone: 0800 8401628 

Local Number: 01305 233105

Office hours: 9am-6:30pm Monday to Friday



Balance Better

A low-impact exercise class designed to reduce the risk of falls run by Age UK Dorchester.
The exercises are low-impact, and suitable for all abilities and ages. Most people will notice a rapid improvement in their confidence, balance and stability, especially if they practice at home.

Activity takes place: Weymouth Community Fire Station Fridays 10:45am to 11:45am

Dorchester class:


START (Support transition and recovery team)

START is a brand new service working alongside community mental health teams, offering person centred, focussed and time-limited interventions.

Support you to access community activities, have fun and make friends.

Support you to find voluntary and paid work.

Support you to access further education and training.


Juniper Lodge/The Conifers


Poundbury West Industrial Estate






Telephone: 01305 367051 Ext 258/230

Moves and Shakes

Movers and Shakers offer women over 50 a unique chance to keep fit and be creative in a meaningful way. These creative contemporary dance sessions will improve physical skills and movement memory.


Classes are held on Tuesdays in term-time from 1:30pm to 3pm and cost £5 each (the first session is free).

The Swan Centre,

Unit6B, Pound bury West Estate

Dorchester, Dorset.


Web: (Opens in a new window) 

Tel:01305 263489


Wellbeing Weymouth &Portland Community team

Supporting people with social inclusion through activities, education, volunteering and employment. Referrals only via the Weymouth & Portland CMHT.

45, Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JT

Tell: 01305766237

CRT mobile phone : 0771734107

(On Monday/Tuesday/Friday). If you leave a message or text we will get back to you if we are able.

Sport Forum for disabled

Local group offers: swimming, canoeing, wheelchair fencing, badminton and health spa with full wheelchair access in the Bournemouth and Christchurch area.



Telephone: 01202 520249 


Address: 30 Greenways Highcliffe,


Christchurch & Poole, Dorset, BH23 5BD 


North south &west Age UK

Age UK North, South & West Dorset is an independent local charity that exists to enable older people across rural Dorset to maintain physical and mental wellbeing in later life.

Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, DT1 1PW

Opening hours Mon - Friday 10am - 4pm (subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Phone Number:

01305 269444

General Enquiries Email:

Natural Choice

Natural Choices in Dorset aims to encourage and enable people to improve their physical health and mental well-being through different activities within the natural environment.  

Brooklands Farm, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7AA 01305 264620


Weymouth for health

14 active healths’ walk leaders and have trained walk leaders from Purbeck, Weymouth and Portland, Bournemouth and Poole.


Telephone: 020 7339 8541




Action for Asperger’s


Action for Asperger’s

A bespoke counselling service for people who have been adversely affected by their experience of Asperger’s. 


This service is not based locally, but does offer counselling via skype.


Visit : for further information or email, or call 01536266681.

The curly Hair Project


Enterprise supporting people with Asperger's and ASD, and their loved ones.

- Books and eBooks
- Podcasts and videos
- Counselling with an ASD-experienced counsellor
- Training for individuals and families

 Website :

ASD Friendly (FORUM) - (Online Support Group)


Support group specifically for all people on the autistic spectrum, including issues and how they were able to resolve them. More active.


Website :

Dorset Adult Asperger’s Support (DAAS)

Meetings for carers and adults affected by Asperger’s Syndrome. See website for dates and locations of meetings.

Tel: 07789521758

Tel: 07818073390 

The Retreat, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, BH12 5BB


Autism Unlimited


Autism Unlimited is an organization which aims to offer information and advice. They ensure


Autism Unlimited Home Page and Resources (

National Autistic Society





Information on all aspects of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  Links people to where best appropriate to obtain help and information in different areas.


Telephone: 0207 833 2299 


Online apps


In as little as 10 minutes per day, learn life –changing skills for dealing with thoughts, emotions and belief that include stress and anxiety.

Free on App Store &Android

Mind shift


It is an aid to relaxation, developing more helpful ways of thinking and taking charge of your anxiety.

Free on App Store & Android

Mood Mission

Discover new and better ways of coping with Low mood and anxiety.

Free on App Store & Android

Fear Tools – Anxiety aid

Fear tools is an evidence base app and designed to help you combat anxiety

Free on App store & Android

Anxious Mind

Anxious mind are a charity that was set up by sufferers of anxiety and depression

Free on App store & Android.

Black rainbow

Tips for beating depression through guided relaxation and mood boosting technique

Free on App store & Android.

Rise up

Disorder eating, self monitoring tool to help you track your emotion and eating and to recognize the pattern

Free on App store & Android.

Calm Down

Provides Strategies that help you resist or manage the urge to self -harm

Free on App store & Android.

Stay alive


Design to help you or someone else stay safe.

Free on App store & Android.

Mind tools

 Depression aid.

Free on App store & Android.

Well mind

Well mind is your free NHS Mental health and wellbeing app desing to help you with stress, anxiety and depression

Free on App store & Android.


Helps you developed new strategies to manage anxiety.

Free on App store & Android.


Self –Help for anxiety management

Free on App store & Android.

Stop panic and anxiety


Calming Exercise and lots of self-help material to tackle panic attack

Free on App store & Android.



 Reasons2 is a free app designed by Young People and Washington Mind to help improve mental health

Free on App store & Android.

Relax melodies.

is a relaxation and sleep app that allows you to select sounds and melodies that you like

Free on App store & Android.

Sleep Well


Designed to reduce anxious thoughts, help you fall asleep more quickly and improve sleep quality

Free on App store & Android.

Mental health recovery guide

covers the essential principles of aiding your recovery, helping you to get and stay well.

Free on App store & Android.



: is a supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind.

Free on App store & Android.

Silver cloud:

Silver cloud provides a wide range of supportive and interactive programmes, tools and tactics for mental and behavioural health issues.

Free on App store & Android.


A simple, intuitive, and attractive mobile App designed by the National Centre for Telehealth & Technology to teach breathing techniques to manage stress. The skills taught may be applied to those with anxiety, stress and PTSD.

Free on App store & Android.


Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. We'll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.’

Free on App Store & Android

Free Audio

ACT Mindfully 

Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness, focus and openness – which allows you to engage fully in what you are doing at any moment. In a state of mindfulness, difficult thoughts and feelings have much less impact and influence over you.

Stop, Breathe & Think

Wants to helps get acquainted with mindfulness first. A section called Learn to Meditate explains what mindfulness is, why it’s beneficial, and what to expect when you press play on your first track.

Free on App store & Android.


is a meditation app with a simple premise: Every day, you get a new, personalized, three-minute meditation.

Free on App store & Android.


Mood track Diary


A quick and easy method of tracking mood and triggers, with the aim to increase emotional awareness.  Enables you to look back at your moods over days, weeks, months and years.  The App also has the facility for you to chat with other users. 

Free on App Store & Android

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is totally free, intended to make mindfulness “an accessible tool for all”.  Its pared-back, no-fuss design is certainly a good start. 

Free on App Store & Android

Mindfulness Daily

As well of lots of core session, there are plenty of neat little features too. The “pause” button triggers a gently expanding and contracting circle, designed to help you “reconnect with your breath”. The timer feature, which can be tweaked to fit your needs, is designed to aid your focus. Mindfulness Daily is another nice option for beginners.

Free on App Store & Android

Adult psychology service groups