Monday - Sunday: 4.30pm-12midnight
What will happen during my time at the Retreat?
When attending the Retreat, you will be welcomed by a staff member and shown around the building. We will offer you a hot drink and give you some time to settle in. We ask that visitors sign up to an agreement. This is to find out a little bit about you, clarifying what the Retreat can offer and discussing the best way to work together during the evening.
There will be the options to engage in peer support in a café style area, to take some time out in a relaxing environment, and/or access 1-to-1 recovery-focused support with either a peer specialist or clinician. The Retreat will not offer medication or structured therapy. In some circumstances, our staff may feel the Retreat is not the most appropriate level of support for you at the time. In these cases we may offer you an assessment which may lead for further support from other clinical services. Our priority at all times is for your safety and the safety of the people who use and work in the Retreat.
The Retreat is run in partnership by Dorset Mental Health Forum and Dorset HealthCare.
Watch a video about the Retreat here.
Dorset Mental Health Forum
The Dorset Mental Health Forum is a local peer led charity.
It exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental illness by promoting wellbeing and recovery. Its main office is in Durngate Street, Dorchester. Click here for more information about the charity.