Discovery Project

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, The Discovery Project has postponed all face-to-face contact.

We want to ensure that Young People and their Supporters still have access to support and learning opportunities through this stressful time and have moved to a digital offer.

Check out our latest Podcasts, Worksheets, and Online Workshops, we hope you find them useful.


What is the Dorset Discovery Project?

The Discovery Project is a partnership initiative from Dorset HealthCare and Dorset Mental Health Forum. It aims to enhance the existing mental health and emotional wellbeing provision for Young People in Dorset by using the principles of Recovery Education. It is co-produced and co-designed, bringing together lived experience and professional expertise from within the local community.

The Project offers opportunities for Young People, their families and supporters to develop an understanding of recovery. It is not a therapeutic intervention, instead we explore themes around managing wellbeing, what this can mean to individuals, how to improve resilience, and develop coping strategies.

Member Feedback

"I have gained more confidence in my decisions. I have massively improved my knowledge on wellbeing and mental health"

- Peer Mentor

"Feeling very positive about the outcomes from today - of huge benefit to everyone in the room"

- Staff Member, Young Person Support

Discovery Worksheets

Listen to our podcasts to find out how best to use the worksheets:

Self-Care Worksheet

Boring Self-Care

BACE Diary

The Discovery Project spent a term working with students from The Quay School in Poole. An NHS Nurse, a Peer Specialist with lived experience of mental health, and a group of students worked together to discuss some of the ways that mental health can be affected by life and understand why this happens and how to develop skills to help manage this.

The students then developed a handbook to give to adults to help them understand how Young People feel and how they can best be supported.

Book of Oofs

How did we get here?

The Project has three key areas of focus:

Discovery Schools

The Discovery Project works with Schools in Dorset to co-produce bespoke mental health and wellbeing support and education to support students, teachers, support staff, and parents/carers.

Discovery College

Our College offers workshops across Dorset that provide opportunities to develop understanding around personal mental health and wellbeing and supporting others with their mental health and wellbeing.

Discovery Activities

We work with Activity Providers and Third Sector Organisations based in Dorset who offer activities to young people. We help them to promote wellbeing and offer support to those experiencing mental health challenges.

These areas of focus will be supported by an online offer, and face-to-face navigation and sign-posting.

How can I access the Discovery?

Between April 2019 and April 2021 the Discovery Project is in its pilot phase with a limited roll-out across Dorset. The Project is working with several schools and organisations in pilot sites in Sherborne, Poole, Bournemouth and Swanage to coproduce and codesign our offer before it is offered across the whole of Dorset.

Wellbeing and Recovery Partnership (WaRP)

Dorset HealthCare and the Dorset Mental Health Forum have formed the Wellbeing and Recovery Partnership (WaRP). The aim of the WaRP is to change the culture of mental health services and people’s attitudes to mental health and wellbeing in Dorset. Close collaboration between people with lived experience, their supporters and mental health professionals is at the heart of this partnership

More information about the work of WaRP and the progress being made is available through the Dorset Mental Health Forum.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Discovery Project Pilot or future roll-out please send us an email.


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