Wellbeing in Mind Support Group – Dorchester

Who are we?

Wellbeing in Mind is a fortnightly peer Support group for anyone aged 18 or over who wants to be mentally healthy.

The group’s focus is to educate people about common mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression, how to spot the signs and symptoms as well as finding helpful ways of coping and improving them.

You can attend the two-hour session on a drop-in basis – and will be encouraged to participate as much or as little as you like.

What can you expect from the Wellbeing group?

The group offers peer support and helps to reduce stigma by normalising conversations about mental health.  It encourages people to talk about wellbeing challenges or triumphs with others who share similar experiences. The group provides an accepting and supportive environment. The educative workshops gives an opportunity to access support and identify helpful and holistic ways of coping and improving mental health.

The group has guidelines and a contract to ensure that it’s a safe, accepting, confidential and respectful space for everyone who attends. The group is facilitated by a qualified counsellor to help people to process their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Therapy and counselling are not available within the group but details of local counselling services can be provided upon request.

What happens at the Wellbeing group?

The group activities and events are identified, discussed, negotiated and agreed in partnership with group members.  Some sessions start with guided-relaxation which is followed by share-time for people to share their experiences and access peer support. Following a short refreshment break (tea and coffee will be provided at 40p per cup) there is an educative workshop exploring topics like;

  • Food and mood,
  • Developing self-compassion
  • Silencing the inner critic
  • What is mindfulness?
  • Challenging negative thinking
  • Building self-esteem.
  • Music and Mental Health
  • Alternative therapies
  • Exercise and neuroplasticity
  • What is mental health?
  • Goal setting

Feedback from people using the Wellbeing Group (Verwood)…

“I have felt more reassured since attending the Wellbeing group knowing that I have the opportunity, if I wish to talk through issues that are affecting my mental health and the chance to learn about different topics and coping skills which can help with managing everyday life better. The support has helped me through a difficult year and made me realise I’m not alone”

Dates and Times

The Wellbeing Group is on the Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month (from 7 – 9pm) at Age UK, Rowan Cottage, Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester DT1 1PW

Click here for a map of the location

No referral is necessary, you can simply turn up on the day or you can get in touch with the coordinator, Debbie on  07766-281434 or email wellbeing@dorsetmind.uk

Charges: £3 – £5 per session (depending on your circumstances)

Click here for the Wellbeing in Mind leaflet

BIRSt Radio interview: Anxiety on Sharing Space
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Listen again to Dorset Mind’s Mandy Nicholson talk to Allison Blaes about anxiety on Sharing Space radio programme.  Allison’s series of interviews was nominated for the 2016 Mind Media Awards.

Click here to listen to the 30 minute interview.  It describes how our services can support people suffering from anxiety.  It’s well worth listening to!