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19th January 2022

Sometimes life just doesn’t go as planned, it can be difficult to see the wood through the trees.

Thankfully, over the past few years our collective awareness of mental health and the impact this can have on anyone, and everyone has become something we are talking about even more.

It can be difficult to find places to seek help, so we have put together some resources, both locally and nationally to encourage people to talk, communicate and spend time with others.

Remember, if you need to talk to someone about your mental health then getting advice from your GP is always a good place to start.

If you need urgent help, you can contact Samaritans for free on 116 123.  They are available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year.  Sometimes, writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them better, you can email on

For those of you in the BH and surrounding areas, we’ve put together some local resources together.

The Retreat is a place to pause, to be heard, take stock and reflect. It is staffed by Mental Health Practitioners and Peer Specialists (people with their own experience of mental health issues).

The Retreat focuses on how you can support your own recovery and provides a complementary approach to other clinical services in partnership with Dorset HealthCare and Dorset Mental Health Forum.

The Retreat is open for face-to-face (4.30pm-midnight) and virtual drop-ins (4.30-11pm) every day at Hahnemann House in Bournemouth.   If possible, try and arrive before 11.00pm to get the most out of your visit.

There’s no need to make an appointment or phone ahead, you can just turn up. Come to the front door within opening hours and ring our doorbell.

Connection is a round-the-clock helpline for people of all ages, anywhere in Dorset, who are experiencing mental health problems and need support.

The number – 0800 652 0190 – offers free 24/7 telephone access to mental health advice and support. You do not need to be known by the service, and can also phone for support and advice about a friend or family member experiencing poor mental health.

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