Mental Health Support




Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, you’re thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Get Help

Learn how to talk about mental health or how to get help for yourself or someone you care about

Self-referal services in Dorset

  • CAMHS Gateway: Self-referral mental health for young people under 18
  • Community Front Rooms: Open to anyone over 18 who needs medical health support in Dorset.
  • Dorset Open Door: Set up to support those who are bereaved by suicide or suspected suicide.
  • Every Mind Matters: You are able to find expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, so discover what works for you.
  • The Burrough Harmony Centre: Peer support for adults living with mental health problems.
  • Mind: provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
  • Public Health Dorset: work with partners across the health and care system on campaigns and projects to improve mental wellbeing
  • Samaritans: They are available, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.
  • Steps 2 Wellbeing: From Self-referral to discharge mental health support.