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Our Vision

We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem in Dorset gets support and respect.

Our Mission

  • Dorset Mind will raise awareness within general and specific communities about mental ill health. That’s to say we will educate people about symptoms – what they are, what to expect and how to spot them. We will educate people about what they can do when they experience symptoms either themselves or someone they know.
  • The charity will always challenge the stigma and inequality of mental ill health so that neither stigma nor inequality prevent people receiving the information and support they need.
  • Dorset Mind will promote the ethos of recovery of mental ill health by educating people about recovery and by directly providing support services to specific communities to assist them in their own recovery.

How we deliver our mission…

Dorset Mind provides a variety of support options across Dorset. Our resilience-focused support groups educate people about the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and support people to identify and develop new coping skills. We also run an accredited one-to-one befriending programme, designed to help people regain confidence and social skills. The content of our services and support groups are both preventative and restorative. 

Dorset Mind works in partnership with local decision makers and influential organisations to encourage social inclusion and improve mental health services to meet the rising demands of our communities.  

Our Dorset Mind Your Head whole-school approach provides comprehensive lessons and assemblies in schools and workshops in youth groups that help support young people. It also supports parents, teachers – and those young people that don’t access school due to their mental health.

In addition, our game-changing, workplace training programmeDorset Mind Works helps support both employers and employees. It elevates culture, reduces absenteeism and presenteeism and benefits profitability. 

Dorset Mind is a local affiliate of national Mind and was established in 1946. We are independent and responsible for our funding so when you donate to us your money benefits people who live in Dorset. 

Our charity comprises a combination of highly-skilled and dedicated people that ensure we support as many people in Dorset as possible. We also offer volunteer opportunities across all areas of our organisation.

Our Values – The way we operate

  • Brave – We are hopeful, courageous and unshakeable  
  • Real – We are true to our word and believe whole-heartedly in what we do  
  • Driven – We are dedicated about helping people  
  • Ambitious – We continuously strive to be the best we can be 
  • Expert – We are highly skilled and act with confidence 
  • High quality – We deliver excellence at every opportunity 
  • Honest – We stand by our integrity and are unafraid to be truthful 
  • Reliable – We are credible and trustworthy 
  • Progressive We are forward thinking  
  • Growing – We are passionate about reaching as many people as possible  

We are part of a network of around 125 local Minds in England and Wales.

Quality of service

We have an unparalleled reputation as providers of excellent services leading to positive outcomes for people and the communities we work with.


Our focus is on recovery, resilience and a holistic approach to the individual, seeing the whole person and delivering the support that works for them.

Community base

Our network is rooted in local communities and built on local strength and commitment.

Coverage and reach

With 150 local Minds across England and Wales, we are the largest network of mental health service providers. We are ambitious and growing.

You can find other local Minds by searching this map.

National Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding across the country.

National Mind also provides some helpful information and services:

Mental Health A-Z
Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics. Read the A-Z here.

A supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Say hello.

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