Need support? Together We Can, our COVID-19 community response helpline, is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday for people in vital need of food and essential household items. Phone 0300 123 7052. (Please be aware that the Together We Can Helpline and BCP Crisis Payments Helpline are closed on Bank Holidays.)

Help available from Mental Health at Work

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

Other useful links

Support provided by public Health Dorset

Need urgent help?

If you are struggling to cope or feel yourself nearing a breakdown, Access Mental Health is here to provide help. Mental health professionals and peer support workers are on hand to help you avoid a crisis and find the path to recovery. Please call the 24/7 Connection phone line on 0300 123 5440 and you will be signposted to the right service for the support you need. 

Dorset Mind has created a five step crisis plan for those struggling with mental health, while for those seeking urgent help, up to date information is available here.

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust provides support for those in crisis, including virtual support through the community front rooms, and a 24/7 Connection phone line which you can call on 0300 123 5440 to be signposted to the right service for the support you need.

Online support groups available

Dorset Mind has a timetable of online support groups for local people who need help with their mental health. There are no waiting times and everyone is welcome. If you are interested in attending an online group, please email Dorset Mind and they will contact you directly and support you to log in to the group.  The charity also offers a range of one to one and group support across Dorset including active monitoring, befriending, counselling and mentoring for eating disorders.

Support for 11-18-year-olds

Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online support for young people Monday to Friday from 12noon to 10pm.

'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.

How to help others with their mental health

The NHS has some advice: 

Click here to find advice from Samaritans about how to talk to someone you're worried about.

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.

Worried about a colleague or employee or want to learn more about how your workplace can support staff's mental health?

Mental Health at Work can help you find the information and resources you need.

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