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It is hard to keep the information on this website completely up to date, especially with changes that are still occurring due to the pandemic.  If you can’t find information about what is happening with the Group or Service you are interested in on the NEWS page (searchable) please use the website links and contact details given to find out the current situation.

What Is Help For Mental Health North Dorset?

As someone who has had mental health problems I realise that when it comes to finding information it should be as easy as possible.  It might be that you don’t even know what to search for or who or what might be able to help.  You may not even know if what you feel is a mental health issue.

I have brought together national and local information about organisations who can help if you have any mental health concerns onto one website.  I have found that ‘googling’ or similar does not always bring up all the useful information that there is out there and I think having national and local organisations on the same website could be helpful.   I hope to make it clear exactly who the different groups can help if it is not obvious from the name.   I hope to update the site regularly and along with the news page keep everyone informed about the help that is available in whatever form that is.


who is behind help for
mental health north dorset?

Lockdowns gave me the opportunity to get this website developed to complement my activities as the Facilitator of the Shaftesbury Peer Support Group for People with Mental Health Difficulties which I started in April 2018.  The Shaftesbury Group met outside during the summer of 2022 and are now meeting at The Royal British Legion Hall on the 1st Thursday of the month and The King’s Arms on the 3rd Thursday. A new Gillingham Group started in March 2022 on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays with Jane as facilitator.  Look on the News and Peer Support Group pages to keep up to date with details.  We are a friendly bunch of mixed ages, gender and diagnoses who meet for mutual support, company and information.  Jane and I facilitate the groups to make sure everyone is ok with how it is going.

The Mental Health North Dorset Help and Peer Support Association was formed at a meeting on 4th November 2020.  The Management Committee consists of myself as Chairperson, Jude Lask as Treasurer, Jane Mongini as Secretary, Jon Bartlett as Liaison and Representation Officer,  Melanie Costas (CEO of Rural Mental Health Matters) and Joy Ford (Carer Specialist with Dorset Mental Health Forum) as Committee Members.

Members of the Association are those people that have filled in a Registration Form for the Peer Support Groups and all those individuals and organisations who subscribe via the website.

Subscription is free and you will receive a newsletter once a month about the Association’s activities, highlights from the website NEWS page and extra news, observations, explanations and illustrations.


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