Founded by Bournemouth psychiatrist Doris Odlum, Bournemouth Association for Mental Health was originally a society for psychiatrists and others interested in mental health. Public meetings were held, usually with a slide show, guest speaker or film, at which mental health issues were discussed. Service users were not represented, and the association did not, at first, provide any services.
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