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Need to talk to someone?

If you don't want to talk to a friend or family member about how you're feeling, these organisations can offer free, confidential support and a listening ear - with no judgement.

  • Connection 24/7 NHS mental health helpline for Dorset: 0800 652 0190

  • Samaritans 24/7 helpline: 116 123 or email 

  • Shout 24/7 text service: Text SHOUT to 85258

  • Calm Zone (5pm-midnight): 0800 585858 or web chat online

  • Free face-to-face/virtual drop-in sessions - at The Retreat in Bournemouth (usually open every day 4.30pm-midnight) and Community Front Rooms at venues across Dorset (times and locations vary) - visit Access Mental Health Dorset for more information

  • Steps 2 Wellbeing NHS service - self-refer to access support and psychological therapies

Need to talk to someone?

Practical advice

When you're worried about something - whether it's work, money or your personal life - it can feel overwhelming. However, there are organisations out there that can help:

Practical advice

Wellbeing support

We all need a reminder to look after ourselves at times. Taking care of your wellbeing doesn't have to involve therapy sessions, long meditations or hot yoga. It might be going to the gym, doing some DIY, watching a live band or grabbing a coffee with a friend - whatever works for you. The organisations and websites below can help you to focus on your wellbeing:

Groups and social opportunities

Keen to talk to others experiencing similar challenges to you? Or just looking to expand your social circle?

Wellbeing support
Groups and social ops
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