support during pandemic


Support During Pandemic From Local Mental Health Organisations

Steps to Wellbeing, Dorset Mind, Dorset Mental

Health Forum and the Recovery Education Centre

respond to Covid-19 with online and telephone

services:  Consultations, webinars, courses, befriending,

Podcasts and workbooks/sheets to download

Further information – Coronavirus page.

Useful websites with information about Covid-19 and current support:


Steps to Wellbeing are continuing their services via digital means. Consultations, webinars, courses and ‘Computerised CBT with leso”. There are also resources on their website including how to manage stress and worry, A Guide to Working at Home and also story videos on coping with Covid-19.


“At Dorset Mind, we’re taking the Coronavirus pandemic incredibly seriously and realise that it can cause high levels of anxiety amongst the public and our own staff, volunteers and participants.”

Services have all been replaced by telephone or video meetings

** Phones are not being constantly manned, but we are able to pick up messages.**

***Alternately, please email***

Support Groups are being held online including the Gillingham Wellbeing Group which is held on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month – email:

Befriending is carrying on by telephone or on-line during the Coronavirus pandemic.

My Dorset Mind

My Dorset Mind is a brand new online experience that brings the outdoors in.

In a time where travel is limited, the website provides access to the beautiful sights of Dorset, like the photo of Old Harry Rocks below. You can choose which breath-taking scene and sounds you’d like to hear. These accompany a guided mindful breathing exercise and positive messages to bring calm and relief in these difficult times.

Created in partnership with local organisations including Crowd, The Jurassic Coast Trust and Visit Dorset, the experience is designed to work on a variety of screens and can be accessed at home or from a break room for key workers.

The idea is to expand the platform to offer more services for My Dorset Mind users in the form of one-to-one sessions with our team of mental health experts, live guided meditation sessions, access to self-help material and a range of enhanced and expanded content to act as a resource for local residents and those who love the county and it’s scenery.

Dorset Mental Health Forum

“Forum staff are doing all that we can to continue to work alongside people who experience mental health issues and emotional distress. We have been rapidly developing a range of resources including videos, podcasts and webinars as well as exploring opportunities for digital social interaction… We are also working collaboratively with other organisations and agencies across Dorset to explore sharing resources.”

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust

Recovery Education Centre

“We are currently working hard to develop a programme of online learning opportunities for our students. Over the coming weeks we are hoping to build on and develop our curriculum and encourage you to check back to this page for updates.”

Types of learning include:


Workbooks and worksheets for you to download.

Webinars:  “The Webinars we host are co-developed and co-delivered by a Peer Specialist and a Professional. “Our trainers will talk you through some core content and will be able to signpost you to resources that you may then want to further explore to enhance your learning.  If you are interested in attending a Webinar with us we ask that you Register and Enrol as a student first. If you are already enrolled as a student with the REC and would like to access a Webinar please let us know, and subject to availability we will be able to book you a space.”

Videos:  We are developing some short films between Peer Specialists and Professionals, including our colleagues in the Steps 2 Wellbeing service.


Jolly Postal Service – For those with Dementia, receive cards and letters through the post. 


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