Mental Health Resources

Mental Health During Covid

Connections - 0300 123 5440 can help in the first instance if you are struggling to cope or feel you are nearing a breakdown please call 24/7. This service can signpost you to the right support.

Shout - Text Shout to 85258 (free 24/7) if you are experiencing:

suicidal thoughts,

abuse or assault,



relationship challenges.

Calm - 0800 58 58 58 or visit Open 5pm to Midnight, 365 days of the year. A helpline for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.

Papyrus - 0800 068 4141, 07860 039967 -


Confidential support and advice to young people under the age of 35 struggling with thoughts of suicide and anyone worried about a young person.

BCP Council COVID-19 community response helpline 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week for those in vital need of food or essential household items 0300 1237052

If you want to speak to someone, anytime of day or night, call the Samaritans on 116 123

If you are over 18 and struggling to cope with life, or feel yourself approaching a crisis point, you can attend The Retreat in Hahnemann Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JW open daily from 4.30pm –midnight.


NHS talking therapies and other free resources -

Steps to Wellbeing 0300 123 1120 weekdays 9am -5pm, offers a range of treatments for people aged over 18 years experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

Moodjuice is a website developed in Scotland, designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them.  Under the “professional” section on the left hand side of the page there are some self-help guides.

Living life to the full also provides free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency.

Dorset Mind has information on many local and national resources such as groups to attend or apps to look at.


Apps for android and apple phone can often work alongside other treatments –

- Headspace (guided meditation to reduce stress and sleep better)

calm harm  (to help resist and manage the urge to self harm)

clear fear  (learn to reduce the physical response to anxiety)

There are many other apps available to help with wellbeing.


Other agencies

For support with drug and alcohol use in our area contact EDAS 01202 733322 weekdays 8.30am – 4.30pm

For support following bereavement contact Cruse Bereavement Care 01202 418555

For support with relationships contact Relate



Books can help and support managing common mental health conditions or dealing with difficult feelings and emotions. These are often available for free at your local library or ask for books on prescription

eg Mindfulness: Finding peace in a frantic world, The sleep book, Overcoming chronic pain

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