Need to talk to someone?

If you're having a tough time but don't want to talk to a friend or family member, these organisations offer free, confidential support and a listening ear.

  • 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

  • Burrough Harmony Centre, Bridport (Assembly Rooms, Gundry Lane) - a friendly, welcoming, informal service offering peer support, information, signposting and a variety of enjoyable activities to local people who are living with a mental health problem - call 07597 379290 or email

  • Community Front Room drop-in sessions (at Burrough Harmony Centre, above) - usually open Thursday-Sunday ​3.15pm-10.45pm, 52 weeks a year - visit Access Mental Health for up to date opening times or call 07385 290804 for more information 

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

  • Dorset Mind - befriending and counselling services across Dorset


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:


Wellbeing support

We all need a reminder to look after ourselves at times. The organisations and websites below can help you to focus on your wellbeing.

You can also contact the West Dorset social prescribing team for wellbeing support. They connect people to community groups and services that can provide practical and emotional support for issues including social isolation, emotional wellbeing, healthy lifestyle choices, long term health conditions, bereavement and loss of confidence. Contact them directly by calling 01308 428943 or email You can also contact them via your GP if preferred


Groups and social opportunities

Looking to get active, expand your social circle or find local activities? These websites can help to signpost you in the right direction: