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Group support

Months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on our mental health and you are not alone if you are feeling low or anxious. At Dorset Mind’s Groups, you will be able to try sometime new and access support alongside people like yourself.

Group services aim to develop positive mental wellbeing and reduce social isolation.

Our experienced practitioners are here to listen, facilitate peer discussions and to support you without judgement. Group sessions will introduce you to techniques to improve mental wellbeing and self-esteem.

Reasons for joining Groups include:

  • Group services are easy to access with NO referrals required.
  • There are NO long waiting times – you can simply turn up at face to face groups or email to register for online groups.
  • Most of our Group services are NOT time-bound meaning you can access support at your own pace.


“Dorset Mind brought me out of a large dark hole…”

Group participant, July 2021


Who can access Groups?

  • Are you over 18 years old?
  • Have you been struggling with your mental health or feeling stressed, anxious or depressed?
  • Do you live in Dorset?
  • Would you like to access support in an inclusive and nurturing group setting? 

If you have answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, Groups may be the right support for you. NO referrals are needed and you can simply email to register your interest.


Benefits of Group support

There are many benefits from accessing support alongside other people with similar experiences.  

 Groups can offer:  

  • help to understand and share your emotions, thoughts, and feelings 
  • awareness and understanding around common mental health problems
  • an opportunity to learn from other group members’ experiences or to use your own experiences to help others
  • a safe and compassionate space to have open conversations about mental health
  • tools and techniques on developing positive wellbeing and self-esteem 


How to join Groups?

Email to register your interest or to request a call back.

We know it can sometimes be a little daunting to attend your first session. Our facilitators are happy to speak with you before you attend to introduce themselves and answer any questions you may have. You are also welcome to bring a befriender or a support worker to your first few sessions.

*There is a suggested donation of £3 without donations we are unable to deliver services such as these.


Support timetable

We have created an online programme of Groups as our delivery of support is currently limited by government restrictions. Please also check our individual Group pages for more information about the different Group services.

There are a variety of sessions a week to choose from.

Please see the Groups timetable below:

MONDAYActive in Mind
Every Monday2 - 4pm
TUESDAYWellbeing VerwoodTuesday Fortnightly (see page for details)7 - 9pm
WEDNESDAYWellbeing Bournemouth Wednesday Fortnightly (see page for details)10.30am - 12.30pm
WEDNESDAYMindOut LGBTQI+ Dorset-wideGroup currently pausedGroup currently paused
Women in Mind BournemouthEvery Thursday10am - 12pm
MindOut Bournemouth LGBTQ+ Every Thursday2 - 4pm
Active in Mind Dorset-wideEvery Thursday on Zoom platform2 - 4pm

We have had great feedback from the groups delivered online and we’re really excited to see you there.

Please see below for the types of groups we offer:

Active in Mind

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

Carers in Mind

A twice-monthly support group that helps Carers take a break from caring and focus on their own self-care.

Ecotherapy support

Eco-in-Mind supports people to develop positive mental health through meaningful and therapeutic ecotherapy.


MindOut is a safe, confidential and accepting space for LGBTQI+ people who want to develop positive mental wellbeing.

Wellbeing in Mind

A peer support service for people who would like to develop positive mental health.

Women in Mind

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

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