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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 everyone.

We offer talking therapies (including support groups, mentoring and counselling) and activity based groups that help get people moving. We also have an ecotherapy wellbeing group in Dorchester, called The GAP Project.

Our 1-2-1 Befriending service for adults helps reduce 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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If you or someone else is in serious risk of death or injury, call 999 and ask for police, fire and/or ambulance.

For other crisis situations, follow the link below.

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Support Groups

New online support

We understand how hard this time can be and we have created an online group timetable for you. We’ve had to alter some of the times to be able to do this, so please check out the dates and what each group provides on the group’s page.

If you are interested in attending any of our online groups, please email and we will contact you direct and support you to log in to these groups.

MONDAYActive in Mind
Every Monday2 - 4pm
MONDAYRestored Eating DisordersEvery Monday7 - 8pm
TUESDAYWellbeing Sherborne
1st & 3rd Tuesday2 - 4pm
TUESDAYWellbeing Dorchester2nd & 4th Tuesday7 - 9pm
TUESDAYWellbeing Verwood1st & 3rd Tuesday7 - 9pm
WEDNESDAYWellbeing B/mouth2nd & 4th Wednesday10.30am - 12.30pm
WEDNESDAYWomen in Mind B/mouthEvery Wednesday1 - 3pm
WEDNESDAYActive in Mind WeymouthWednesday Fortnightly
(see page for details)
2.30 - 4pm
WEDNESDAYWellbeing Gillingham1st & 3rd Wednesday6 - 8pm
MindOut B/mouth LGBTQ+Every Thursday12 - 2pm
Active in Mind B/mouthEvery Thursday2 - 4pm
Women in Mind BlandfordFriday Fortnightly
(see page for details)
10 - 12pm
FRIDAYCarers in Mind2nd & 4th Friday1 - 2pm
FRIDAYMindOut Weymouth LGBTQ+Friday Fortnightly
(see page for details)
2.30 - 4pm

We have already had great feedback from the groups and are really excited to see you there.

Group benefits

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. Please note that for our online groups you must register first.
– There is a suggested donation of £3 for each session – without donations we are unable to deliver groups such as these.

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 see 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.


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

Restored Eating Disorders

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


The GAP Ecotherapy Project

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

Activity Groups

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


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Getting Active

Getting active will improve your wellbeing, increase your self-esteem and make you feel more energised!




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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