Welcome to help for mental health north dorset
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Support during covid-19
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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 have given me the opportunity to get this website developed to complement my activities as the leader/facilitator of the Shaftesbury Peer Support Group for People with Mental Health Difficulties which I started in April 2018. This was suspended for a while, then we met outside in the summer and now we are on Zoom. We will meet in person again as soon as Covid-19 allows. We are a friendly bunch of mixed ages, gender and diagnoses who meet for mutual support, company and information. I facilitate the group to make sure everyone is ok with how it is going.
In November 2020 I decided it was time to set up an ‘official’ organisation in order to apply for funding. Running a website is expensive and I also have had to purchase a Zoom subscription. I was fortunate in receiving two early grants but it would be difficult to apply for more. The North Dorset Mental Health Help and Peer Support Association was formed at a meeting on 4th November 2020. The Management Committee consists of myself as Chair, Jude Lask as Treasurer and Jane Mongini as Secretary. Hannah Francis has since joined as a Committee Member particularly concerned with young people’s mental health and fundraising. Once the bank account has been finalised we will be able to apply for more grants.
Members of the Association are those that have filled in a Registration Form for the Peer Support Group and those that subscribe from the website.