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The following websites have up to date information on mental health matters focusing on the current situation

Click a title to view the corresponding website

Help and Kindness

For all organisations who are able to help. You can substitute your town and put in a distance around it in miles or kilometres for information.

Every Mind Matters

“Public Health England has updated its world-leading Every Mind Matters platform with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak. People can also complete a ‘Mind Plan’, a quick and free tool that has already been completed over 1.8 million times.”

MentalHealth.co.uk

Includes “Living with the pandemic if you already have mental health problems” which is neglected a little on some of the other sites.

Self Injury Support

Some good advice here if you already had a mental health problem before the pandemic even if self-harm wasn’t part of it.
See also: www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/blog/coping-with-coronavirus-lockdown-when-your-mental-health-is-already-not-great

Saneline

“Although our previous SANEline number cannot operate at the moment, you can leave a message on 07984 967 708 giving your first name and a contact number, and one of our professionals or senior volunteers will call you back as soon as practicable.” You can also email us at [email protected], and we will respond as soon as possible.

Help for young people

Young Minds

“If you’re worried about the impact of coronavirus on your mental health, you are not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic is a new and uncertain time for all of us and will affect our mental health in different ways. However you are feeling right now is valid. With the right help and support, we can get through this. Here is our advice on things you can do to keep mentally healthy during this time”.

Help for parents

Young Minds

Lots of great advice

community helplines

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Local community groups are offering help and support across our area. From shopping to dog walking, the collection of medications from the pharmacy, or just a friendly voice to talk to. 

Sturminster Newton Covid 19 Action Team 

Tel – 01258 447058 

Email – [email protected] 

Shaftesbury Support Group 

Brie Logan (Shaftesbury Town Council) – 01747 859342 Zoe Moxham (Shaftesbury Town Council) – 01747 852420 

Marnhull Village Helpline 

Tel – 01305 490000 (local call to Marnhull) 

Email – [email protected] 

Fontmell Magna 

Barry Roberts – 01747 811906

Gillingham Cares

07739 973147

Gillingham Town Council

01747 823588

 

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coronavirus news

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AGE UK VIRTUAL CAFE

Age UK North, South & West Dorset (NSWD) has launched a new online cafe. On Zoom every Wednesday and Friday at 11 am for approximately 1 hour. To join the coffee morning please call 01305 269444 or email: [email protected]

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MUSIC THERAPY

Music sessions for people with dementia are now running online. Meetings at the cafes in Gillingham and Stalbridge have been cancelled because of the pandemic although contact is maintained by phone, email and Zoom. Trustee Peter Fineman has organised musical quizzes and uses Zoom to sing. This led to another idea to create private Mindful

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Victim Support

Victim Support Dorset has increased support for victims of crime because of the coronavirus situation. It is recognised that many people are feeling anxious and isolated and to become a victim of crime on top of this can be very difficult to cope with. There is free, confidential support to help all victims of crime

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HOPE Counselling

A reminder FREE Counselling Service. Telephone support line: Tuesdays 1 pm – 4 pm, Wednesdays 6 pm – 8 pm, Thursday 12 noon – 3 pm Telephone 07714 550969 www.shaftesburycarers.org

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Christmas Meal

The Gillingham Community Christmas Meal will be delivering meals this year. Meals can be delivered to areas including Shaftesbury, Motcombe and Donheads. Donations of presents, cakes mince-pies and chocolates are welcomed. Volunteers are needed to deliver on Christmas Day, to pack presents, to co-ordinate the event, to drive on the day. Carers and Referrers please

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Swan Advocacy

http://www.swanadvocacy.org.uk The Swan Advocacy Network has set up a new Community Money Advice service in South Wiltshire. It aims to support those who may be experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. Swan Advocacy already provides a Dementia Advocacy service in Wiltshire supporting people with memory loss to complete living well plans. In Somerset Swan

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Wiltshire Counselling

Offers free and low cost counselling in West Wiltshire, based in Trowbridge. New online and telephone service. Have a look at their website: http://www.helpcounselling.co.uk and you can fill out an application online or telephone 01225 767459.

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Help! Updates

Dorset Citizens Adviceline is now FREE and has changed to 0800 1448848. Public Health Dorset can be contacted on 01305 224400 AGE UK N,S & W Dorset are a multiagency team and can help with food, money, collecting medication, lonliness, isolation, advice and information. Tel. 01305 269444 or email [email protected] Life coach, Alice Johnsen is

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FREE COUNSELLING

For Keyworkers in Dorset and Somerset including those in hospitals, health care, care homes, shops, essential industries and carers. By telephone, Skype, Zoom or can be in-person in Dorchester. Six sessions, once a week. Fill in the contact form on http://www.psychotherapydorset.co.uk or telephone 07714330120.

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