World Mental Health Day
It’s World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, and with suicide being the leading cause of death in men in the UK aged 45-49 year olds, and the imminent rise in mental health problems as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, now has never been a better time to talk about mental health.
This year, the theme for World Mental Health Day is “Mental Health for All – Greater Investment – Greater Access. Everyone, everywhere.” A very pertinent theme as it is well-known that the NHS is under pressure to keep up with the rising demand in their services for mental health. Mental Ill Heath is the second-largest source of burden of disease in England.
Charities, such as us, and the third sector are crucial in completing any short falls in services and that information signposting to current sources of help in a crisis are easy to access.
The inequality of mental health problems
Unfortunately, when it comes mental ill health, statistics have shown inequality between those in minority groups, low income households and the LBGTIQ+ communities and those who are heterosexual and/or in a stable and comfortable living environment.
We are passionate about trying to bridge that gap. In line with our mission, we believe that everyone should have access to the quality mental health services they need. And importantly, when and where they need them – and without financial hardship.
We are developing a partnership with Dorset Race Equality Council, who provide support for ethnic minority groups. It means they will help us to reach out to those who may not be aware of our services. This partnership is in early days and progress, so please bear with us. We also have several groups and support in place for other communities as below:
Our community groups
MindOut is a safe, confidential and accepting space for LGBTIQ+ people experiencing mental health issues. It offers recovery-based peer and staff support. Each session involves a guided relaxation or mindfulness exercise, time to share experiences and concerns, followed by discussion workshops based on group members’ requests.
A group just for women
Women in Mind provides a safe, secure and understanding environment in which women with mental health problems can support each other. Opportunity is provided to talk about feelings and share experiences.
Dorset Mind’s ‘Restored’ Eating Disorder Service aims to empower and instil hope that recovery from eating disorders and eating-related issues is possible and achievable. Staff provide support and empowerment to help people to overcome the effects of eating disorders and eating-related issues.
Help for everyone experiencing a mental health problem
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. They support people to identify and develop new coping skills.
If you find that you are in a crisis, or know someone who is, please follow this link to organisations that can provide urgent help.
Our 5-Step Plan
Anyone at any time can find themselves in a mental health crisis – mental ill health makes no exceptions. Therefore, if you find yourself in a crisis, it can be hard to remember what to do or where to turn when you feel your mind spiralling out of control. This is why we’ve created a clear 5-step plan to help those who find themselves in a crisis.
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR 5 STEP PLAN
Dorset Mind offers a range of support across Dorset for adults and young people; and a wealth of information and signposting – please follow this link.