What we offer Young People:
Young People 121s
1-2-1 sessions are delivered face-to-face or online. These safe spaces provide an environment where you can talk about your thoughts or feelings with a trained member of staff or volunteer. Our 1-2-1 services, ensure young people feel heard and listened to within a confidential space.
Young People Groups
Group support can help young people develop key social skills. Group sessions are suitable for young people experiencing mild-moderate mental health needs. Within sessions, you will learn key skills to support your mental health and wellbeing. Group numbers are limited within groups, ensuring space for participation from all.
Young People Safeguarding
If you suspect someone is taking advantage of a vulnerable young person, you must report this as a safeguarding concern. Break the silence – and don’t delay.
Contact the NSPCC or the Police; they will listen to you and give you advice about what to do.
Yes, they can – however if they are allocated a CAMHS support worker whilst using one of our services, they would need to let us know and pause Counselling, Active Monitoring or Mentoring Minds until that support is completed. It is not recommended to receive this type of support from different places simultaneously.
Dorset Mind do not provide services for young people under 11yrs old.
For mental health support for under 11’s provided by the following websites or contact pastoral care in school:
Can a young person/parent self-refer for services or do they need to go through their GP/School etc.?
This is dependant on the service. For Counselling and Mentoring Minds, Young People (aged over 13) and/or parents can currently self-refer.
All referrals need to come from a participating GP surgery for the Young Person’s Active Monitoring service.
Dorset Mind do not provide immediate support. Waitlist times vary between services.
If you feel that you might be a danger to yourself or need urgent medical help, please:
- Call 999 for an ambulance, or
- Go straight to A&E – if you can do so safely.
If you can’t do this by yourself, ask someone to help you.
Find Urgent Crisis Contacts here > Urgent Help
Additional mental health support services for young people include:
No, you are not able to access more than one of our services at a time. However, you may be able to access 1 service after another if appropriate.
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Dorset Mind is a self-funded local charity that helps people in Dorset experiencing mental health problems access the vital support they need. The charity is at the very heart of our communities shaping futures, changing and in some cases literally saving lives.