Connected Minds FAQs
Our 8-week programme aims to help young people:
- Become more aware of thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- Understand and address worries and anxieties that affect school attendance
- Understand the importance of the mind-body relationship
- Develop coping skills and build resilience
- Improve school attendance and work towards positive engagement with school
This is an early intervention and prevention service.
Young people in Years 5 – 7 (aged 9 – 12) experiencing emotional or mental health concerns (anxiety, low mood, difficult emotions and/or difficulty socially connecting). They may be experiencing low attendance rates or refusing school.
Provided that Parental consent is given referrals are accepted from:
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Any other professionals (social worker, support worker, family worker, counsellor, etc.)
The 2 hour group begins with a welcome and check in with time to talk, share and be mindful. The course is based on learning through experience so there will be a variety of activities to stimulate discussion and you’ll be encouraged to keep a journal throughout. There will be time to talk and learn from each other and you will not be forced to do anything you are uncomfortable with doing. We take it at your own pace and you can participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.
We are a group of professionals and volunteers from Dorset Mind who are supporting emotional health and wellbeing through this 6-8 week programme. The sessions are fun and informal and will allow you to explore issues in a supportive, non judgemental space. There will be no more than 12 young people in the group at one time. You will be given a choice of activities and will be involved in the development of the programme. We are here to listen and offer support as you build new emotional skills and connect with others, helping you on your journey towards living life mentally healthy.
The current block of sessions for the Summer term started on the 2nd of May. The next block of sessions will be in Autumn 2023.
Referrals are required to access the service so please use the form above.
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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.