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Need support? Our COVID-19 community response helpline is open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week for people in vital need of food and essential household items. Phone 0300 123 7052.

*new* 19 May 2020: 
-  Begin your well-being experience with Dorset Mind. See 'My Dorset Mind' below.
-  Advice from Young Minds for parents and carers
-  Online dance classes with Pavilion Dance South West
-  'Wellbeing: we're onside'

Government Guidance for the public on the mental health and well-being aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice from the NHS on mental well-being while staying at home

The best way to wash your hands

One of the most important and easiest ways to protect ourselves and others from coronavirus is to wash our hands regularly. The NHS has a handy step-by-step guide to proper hand washing technique:

Video calling 

Video calling is a good way to feel closer to others and it's a lot easier than you think. Age UK has a guide to setting it up.

Learning to meditate

LiveWell Dorset has some tips and advice on mindfulness meditation. Why not give it a try?

Virtual ecotherapy activities

Parks in Mind, run by the Bournemouth Parks Foundation, has created virtual ecotherapy activities to help improve people's health and well-being. See their Facebook page for the activities, which will include growing projects, photo challenges and online yoga and mindfulness.

Having trouble sleeping? 

NHS sleep advice and information

Every Mind Matters have some tips to get you to sleep and sleep better: 

  • Keep regular sleep hours 
  • Create a restful environment
  • Move more, sleep better 
  • Confront sleeplessness
  • Write down your worries 
  • Put down the pick-me-ups

Spring crafts, how to make DIY hand scrub, and more - videos available on the BCP Council YouTube channel

Take a look here

Online dance classes with Pavilion Dance South West

Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) have a series of online dance classes on their YouTube channel for a wide range of abilities. Including Latin, Contemporary, Dance Fitness and even some gentle dance exercises for the young at heart and therapeutic classes for the symptoms of Parkinson's.

'Wellbeing: we're onside'

AFC Bournemouth and Dorset HealthCare have joined forces to kick off a 'Wellbeing: we're onside' campaign. They've got ideas to improve your well-being, including keeping active, feeding the family during lockdown, sleeping better and where to find professional help.

See the world...without leaving your home 

Online creative well-being meet-up for people struggling with anxiety or low mood

Join Arts Programme Manager and artist Anna Shiels for an online creative well-being session every Tuesday at 3.30pm-4.30pm. These creative sessions are based on the 5 Ways to Well-being and are suitable for anyone whatever your previous art experience.  It is free to take part and no specialist materials are needed. This meet-up can help you take time out for yourself, enjoy relaxing mindful activity, slow down, connect with others and learn creative techniques to enjoy at home.

You will need:

  • a piece of paper and a pencil (a biro and the back of an envelope will do if that's all you have), other art materials are optional;
  • a computer, iPad or laptop (or you can use a mobile phone with internet access); 
  • to download Zoom, which is free (

To find out more and receive an invitation email

My Dorset Mind

Few things benefit our well-being more than being outdoors, and few places are as beautiful as Dorset.

So, until we can all be there again, Dorset Mind wants to bring our incredible landscapes to you.

Advice and support for parents and carers

Working from home with your kids for the first time and don't know how to manage? Are you finding it difficult to explain coronavirus to an anxious child? Do you need advice on dealing with tantrums? The NSPCC has advice and support for parents and carers.

Young Minds also has some advice about supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic:

Helping children to stay safe online

Help keep children safe and ensure internet use is safe in these virtual spaces we are now using more and more. The Children's Society has published advice to help.

Information and advice is changing rapidly, and information contained on these pages was correct at time of publishing. However, if you discover anything has changed, please use the 'give feedback' button to let us know.

Page last updated: 03/06/2020 16:50
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