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Dorset Mind offers a countywide range of safe, wellbeing support services that can be tailored and mixed to meet your needs. They aim to develop and improve positive mental health for our participants.

We offer talking therapies (including support groups, peer support and counselling) and activity based groups that help get people moving. We are piloting a new ecotherapy wellbeing group in Dorchester, called The GAP Project, which if successful we’ll roll-out next year.

Our accredited 1-2-1 Befriending service for adults and children helps reduce their isolation. It’s for anyone who is ready to take active steps to work towards recovery goals. They will hope to improve confidence and increase self-esteem.

In addition, we’ve compiled a whole host of useful mental health resources and signposting to help you find the support you deserve. Our self-care resources are also at your fingertips, so that you can take steps to improve your own wellbeing.

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Support Groups

We offer a wide range and number of support groups across Dorset from Verwood to Sherborne and Weymouth.

Here are some of their benefits:
– They all have a shared aim – to reduce isolation and help people improve their wellbeing.
– Importantly, there are NO waiting times – you can simply turn up.
– Each session costs just £3 (apart from Active in Mind which costs £3 each week).

We know it can be a little daunting to attend your first session.
Why not bring a support worker or speak to the group facilitator if you need their support to attend.

Please below for the types of groups we offer:

Wellbeing in Mind

A peer support service for people
that would like to develop positive mental health and wellbeing.

Women in Mind

Provides a safe, secure and understanding environment in which women with mental health problems can support each other.

Carers in Mind

A monthly support group to help carers take a break from caring and focus on themselves and their own self-care.

Activity Support Group

Our activity support groups aim to encourage people with mild mental health difficulties to engage in increased activities to improve their wellbeing.

The GAP Project

Our wellbeing ecotherapy service supports people to develop positive mental health through meaningful and therapeutic ecotherapy.

Restored Eating Disorders

A peer-support discussion group which helps people to gain support from others who are experiencing similar challenges.


MindOut is a safe, confidential and accepting space for LGBTQ+ people that want to develop positive mental health.

Other ways Dorset Mind can support you


Our accredited 1-2-1 Befriending service
pairs trained volunteers with people
who have low to moderate
mental health difficulties.

Get Set To Go

We aim to improve the quality of life for anyone with a mental health problem through access to sport and physical activity in the local community.

Useful Resources

We know that we can’t always provide the support you need. But we can signpost you to local and national organisations and services. First appointments can also be very daunting – we can help you find the words to talk to your GP.

Follow the links below – we hope you get the support you deserve.

Your GP and You

Find out how to get the support you need in the few minutes you have with your GP. We’ve included some handy tips and videos to help you talk to your GP.

Helpful Mental Health Resources by Subject

Find details of useful organisations and resources sorted by subject here.

Local Services

Find local support in Dorset for your mental health issues listed here in alphabetical order.

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