Black and Minority Ethnic Communities

Chinese Mental Health Association

The Chinese Mental Health Association aims to support Chinese people who are affected by mental illness.  They provide a range of services including befriending, counselling, housing support, and a wellbeing club for Chinese elders.

Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill

This organisation aims to help people with mental health problems improve their self-esteem and work towards their recovery.  A range of services are available.  This include a carers service, an employment service, and recovery and peer support.  A number of events and courses are also available.

Muslim Community Helpline

The Muslim Community Helpline provides an emotional support service that is confidential and non-judgemental.

Please call their helpline on 020 8908 6715 or 020 8904 8193. Lines are open Monday – Friday 10am-1pm.

Muslim Youth Helpline

The Muslim Youth Helpline helps young people in the UK and provides free and confidential support services that are faith and culturally sensitive.

If you are vulnerable and distressed and need advice please call their helpline on          0808 808 2008 or text on 07860 022 811. Helpline and internet chat hours are 6pm-12am Monday- Friday and 12pm-12am Saturday – Sunday.

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network specialises in working psychologically with black, African, Asian and Caribbean clients. An online directory of therapists is available as well as student support and mentoring for psychotherapy and counselling students.

Equality and human rights


Dorset Race Equality Council

Dorset REC supports individuals, communities and institutions in challenging racism, celebrating diversity and promoting equality of opportunity for all in Dorset.

They challenge racial discrimination and support race equality.  This includes celebrating ethnic, cultural and religious diversity in Dorset.  The council also aims to strengthen local ethnic minority organisations.

Equality Advisory Support Service

The Equality Advisory Support Service offers a range of advice and support in relation to equality and human rights.  You will find access to useful resources, and help is available via telephone, text, email and live chat.