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

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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.”

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.
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“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


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 471359

Call Andy 07849 618522, Chris 07771517913, Carole 07968348481

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

Tel – 07739 973147

Gillingham Town Council

Tel – 01747 823588

Somerset Coronavirus Helpline

Tel – 0300 790 6275 – 8 am – 6 pm including weekends. 

If deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired text 07781 482858.

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

Tel – 0300 003 4576

Email – [email protected]


coronavirus news

STRESS AWARENESS MONTH APRIL IS STRESS AWARENESS MONTH The Stress Management Society has lots of information and resources. The Theme this year is: ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’. … The research identified that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since the COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020. Lots of other organisations provide help and information as well

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Picnic in the Parks

Picnic in the Parks has moved online as an interactive map. They offer information and inspiration for exploring your local Dorset area as well as ideas for fun health and nature-related activities. You can find it on the Step Into Nature website at

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Covid Social Study – sleep

I have been participating in this study run by University College London or many months now, which involves filling out a questionnaire every month or so. Some interesting results are now emerging for instance: “Quality of sleep has deteriorated by 39% over the past year. In March 2020, 13% of people were getting ‘very good’

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Re-started this week – a great selection of walks to choose from. Tuesday • Sunrise Walk – 0715 from Barton Hill Car Park SP7 8QA – 90 minutes with Peter and Robert – walk starts promptly at 0730 Wednesday • Starter Walk – 1015 from town hall, walk starts promptly at 1030 – 30 minutes

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Mental Health Wellbeing Academy

Skills and Learning Adult Community Education have set up the Mental Health Wellbeing Academy “Welcome to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Academy. Here you will find a range of courses that have been designed to teach you about Mental Health and how to support others who may be experiencing mental health issues. All of

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Would you like Face-Face Coaching?

Can you get to Ferndown? A little bit outside of our area but as this is quite hard to find at the moment I am including it. M.O.A.T. 1-2-1 Coaching Management of Anxiety and Recovery from Trauma This new 1-2-1 coaching course has been running since September at the Turbary Resource Centre, and is open to

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I have been asked by Healthwatch Dorset to bring people’s attention to this survey. As the vaccination programme is so important to people’s mental health in one way or another I am featuring it here. Learning from public feedback In response to Covid-19, the NHS has launched one of the largest ever public vaccination programmes.

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News from Co-ordinator, Bob Messer, if you are interested in joining contact him by: Email: bobmesser @hotmail.comPhone: 07419211797 Hi folks, The Green Gang has met twice so far since getting permission to restart. The first time we put up a new sign in Withywood and the second time put 75 young trees into pots at

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From Dorset Council newsletter: “Domestic abuse support is still available in Dorset. Please reach out, you are not alone. Home is not a safe place for everyone during lockdown, which can leave people feeling trapped. Anyone experiencing domestic abuse is reminded they can still get confidential advice and support. If you are a Dorset Council

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