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I’m in crisis now and I need urgent help – If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help:

  • Go to any Accident & Emergency (A&E) department.
  • Call 999 and ask for an ambulance to take you to A&E.
  • Ask someone else to call 999 for you or take you to A&E.

If you need urgent support but don’t want to go to A&E, you could:

  • call Samaritans on freephone 116 123 – they’re always open and are there to listen, or email
  • contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment
  • contact NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct 0845 46 47 (Wales)
  • contact your local crisis team (CRHT), if you’re under their care

For immediate access to online counselling, try Kooth, Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.

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Open Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm

Saturday – Sunday 6pm-10pm

Dorset Mind Your Head Counselling Services

We hold a drop-in counselling service (with 40 minutes allocated to each session) for anyone between the ages of 11-24 at the following locations;

Purbeck Youth and Community Foundation

Located behind the Purbeck School, Worgret Rd, Wareham BH20 4PH.

Wednesdays during term time from 12th September 2018, 1.30-3.30pm.

Please email or text 07968 704478  to book your 40 minute session.


Dorchester Volunteer Centre

Volunteer Centre Dorset

The Coach House, Acland Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EF

Please email or text 07759 362970  to book your 40 minute session.

every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6-8pm.


How does it work?

The drop in counselling sessions are divided into 3 sessions of 40 minutes each. On arrival, you will be asked to fill in a contact form and the counsellor will talk you through the counselling agreement. The time is then yours to discuss whatever you need and the counsellor will be able to signpost you to more support if needs be.

Why use counselling?

It is not unusual to be struggling with how you feel. You might be having problems at home, with friends or at school and these things might be making you feel  anxious, depressed, angry or afraid. You might feel the need to talk to someone but find it embarrassing or difficult to talk to people you know. You might worry about being judged, or becoming the subject of gossip.

These are completely normal feelings and nothing to feel guilty or ashamed of. Counselling is a confidential service that can help you talk things through and support you without making you feel judged. This can really make a positive difference to your life and the way you feel about it.

A counsellor is a trained professional who’s primary concern is to support your emotional wellbeing. It is the most common form of talking therapy and you may find you have/had a counsellor based in your school or college. A counsellor will help you explore any problems you may be experiencing, and help you find a way through them. They will not be advising you, or telling you what to do, rather they will be listening and facilitating your own personal growth and exploration. This can be really helpful when faced with issues such depression, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, anger, relationships, low self-esteem, eating disorders and self-harm. A counsellor will help you find strategies for coping and guide you at your own pace to a greater sense of wellbeing.

We offer 40 minute counselling sessions on a first come first served basis so that you have somewhere to turn to when you need to, without having to be referred or be put on a waiting list. You might just come once, or you might want to return a few times. We may suggest that you look into receiving a series of counselling sessions if the counsellor feels that would benefit you more.

A counsellor is a service like any other, you don’t have to just sit there! Feel free to ask questions yourself and try to be open and honest about how you feel. A counsellor can’t do any good work with you unless you give them something true to work with. The counsellor will take your lead and work with you for the best possible outcome.

Counselling can help no matter what’s on your mind. Hear from Jack in the video below about how counselling from Relate (a charity providing relationship support throughout the United Kingdom) helped him deal with his parent’s separation.

Relate also offer a free LIVE CHAT with a counsellor if you need immediate support

The Mix is another charity that offers free counselling and advice to anyone under the age of 25.

If you are looking for long term counselling the Counselling Directory lists professional counsellors and therapists near you

If you feel that you want to end your life, please seek immediate help from the emergency services on 999. You can also contact HopeLineUK on 0800 068 41 41 or Samaritans on 116 123. If you are being abused, you can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111.


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