1 in 4 people experience a diagnosable mental health problem in their lifetime. Common mental health problems include anxiety, depression and stress. These conditions can be hugely isolating and debilitating for people that live with them.
We're living in unprecedented times and have seen COVID-19 increase problems dramatically for people who have a diagnosis - and occur in people that live without these challenges.
About Dorset Mind
Dorset Mind mental health charity has been helping the local community as part of the national Mind network for over 70 years. Providing a range of mental health services for both adults and young people, the charity has swiftly reacted to this situation we find ourselves in. We have adapted our face-to-face services for online digital or telephone delivery, so we can continue helping local people in Dorset. For people with mental health problems, unreliable support can be very damaging. We are determined to continue to support people in our local communities.
My Dorset Mind
My Dorset Mind is a brand new online experience that brings the outdoors in. In a time where travel is limited, the website provides access to the beautiful sights of Dorset, like the photo of Old Harry Rocks below. You can choose which breath-taking scene and sounds you'd like to hear. These accompany a guided mindful breathing exercise and positive messages to bring calm and relief in these difficult times.
Created in partnership with local organisations including Crowd, The Jurassic Coast Trust and Visit Dorset, the experience is designed to work on a variety of screens and can be accessed at home or from a break room for key workers.
Our idea is to expand the platform to offer more services for My Dorset Mind users in the form of one-to-one sessions with our team of mental health experts, live guided meditation sessions, access to self-help material and a range of enhanced and expanded content to act as a resource for local residents and those who love the county and it's scenery.
Where your donations go
Your fundraising will have a positive effect that lasts way beyond your event – it can help us shape futures and change lives.
Here are some of the types of support your donations could help fund:
- £5 - 5 x information books that help explain mental health problems
- £8 - Essential workshop and counselling materials such as coloured pens and paper
- £10 - Telephone befriending for people unable to leave home
- £20 - A mentoring session for someone with an eating disorder
- £40 - A 1-2-1 adult counselling session
- £200 - 8 x counselling sessions for one young person (one person will attend a course of 6-8 sessions on average)
- £500 - To train, manage and support a volunteer for one year
- £1,000 - To train, manage and support a volunteer befriender for 12 months
- £5,000 - A weekly adult wellbeing support group for up to 15 people for one year
How you can help:
Please donate what you can, or create your own fundraising page (via the blue button opposite) to help us continue to support Dorset's mental health. Many thanks.