Dorset Mind Your Head
At Dorset Mind, we’re taking the Coronavirus pandemic very seriously and realise that it can cause heightened worry in young people, as well as adults. We understand that if you have a history of mental health problems it may be that the current situation is making it worse.
We recognise that the closure of schools, as well as the loss of routine and social connections, are among the key concerns for young people. We are aware that young people who previously might not have needed mental health support, may do so during this period. Therefore we are adapting our services as swiftly as possible to meet your changing needs. Our existing services will be replaced by telephone or video meetings from this time until further notice, and we are developing a suite of online education programmes that can be integrated into your school’s online platform.
Dorset Mind Your Head’s mission is to help the children and young people of Dorset live life mentally healthy.
We support parents, carers and teachers too.
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. You can call emergency services on 999, or call Childline on freephone 0800 1111. You can also call Samaritans on freephone 116 123 – they’re always open and are there to listen.
Support Groups and Counselling
|Wellbeing Support Group - Christchurch||Online (Zoom)||Mondays -|
4pm to 5pm (11 to 13 yrs)
5pm to 6pm (14 to 18 yrs)
|11 to 18 yrs|
|Wellbeing Support Group - Blandford||Online (Zoom)||Thursdays -|
5.30pm to 6.30pm
|11 to 18 yrs|
|Connected Minds support group - Dorchester||Online (Zoom)||Tuesdays -|
10am to 12pm
|10 to 13 yrs|
|Counselling - Dorchester||Online (Zoom) / phone||Wednesdays (variable hours booked to suit)||11 to 25 yrs|
|Counselling - Ferndown||Online (Zoom) / phone||Wednesdays (variable hours booked to suit)||11 to 25 yrs|
|Counselling - Purbeck||Online (Zoom) / phone||Wednesdays (variable hours booked to suit)||11 to 25 yrs|
|Counselling - Christchurch||Online (Zoom) /phone, or face to face at:|
20 Southey Rd, Christchurch
|Mondays (variable hours booked to suit)||11 to 25 yrs|
|Wellbeing Check-in Service||Online (Zoom) / phone||Variable times to suit||11 to 25 yrs|
News and blogs
I found your tips on how to distract yourself when you can’t get out of the way you are feeling, like focusing, really helpful.
Enjoyed the breathing techniques you taught us – very helpful.
‘I found everyone sharing their ways of coping so you can see what other people do so useful’
I found your session helpful because I now know what Mindfulness is and how I can use it to relax myself before exams.
Helped me learn some useful techniques to deal with my stress
It’s so helpful finding out how other people cope and learning that we are all similar
I found it so useful learning about the different ways you can control your emotions
I enjoyed learning about the ways emotions can affect your body and why people feel these things / do things.
Really helpful. Good to feel not alone and have techniques to tackle stress and understand how stress works and how the mind processes it. The breathing techniques and Mindfulness were really useful – made me realise that I could control my mental health. The most invaluable thing I learned this year!