See below for our suggested support organisations
For Adults Only
Bridge the Gap Facilitators
Support Organisations - for adults only
Crisis and Urgent Support
Call 111 and select “Mental Health” or call 0300 123 5440 Connection 24/7 Phone Line for Dorset to access round the clock mental health advice and support
Call 999 for a medical emergency or if someone has already harmed themselves
Mental Health Crisis Team
Crisis teams support people who are in a crisis (e.g. due to psychosis, severe self-harm or suicide attempts) by giving assessments and short-term help to make sure they don’t need to go to hospital. They support people in the community – which could be in the home.
Tel: 01305 214500 (Dorchester Community Mental Health Team)
Tel: 01305 362060 (Weymouth & Portland Community Mental Health Team)
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday
Samaritans 24-hour helpline
Phone: 116 123 English speakers (24-hrs, 365 days a year)
This is a FREEPHONE number that can even be called from a mobile that has no credit, and the call will not appear on the phone bill.
firstname.lastname@example.org (24 hour response time)
Local area organisations
Dorchester Trust for Counselling and Psychotherapy (DTCP)
Low cost agency for up to 1 year counselling aimed at adults
Reach Drug and Alcohol Services
EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) are passionate about supporting individuals over 18 who face complex issues, including substance misuse, mental ill health, and other harmful, addictive and offending behaviours, to improve their health, wellbeing and employability.
Tel: 0800 043 4656
Reach West: 01305 571264
Support Centre offering advice, advocacy and counselling
Tel: 01305 787940
Pregnancy Sickness Support
Pregnancy Sickness Support is a registered UK charity working to improve care, treatment and support for women suffering from Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP) and the severe form of the condition; Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).
Tel: 024 7638 2020
Self – Injury Support
For women of any age or background affected by self-injury, (themselves or friend/family member)
Text: 0808 800 8088 (Tuesday and Thursday, 7pm–9.30pm
Tel: 020 7034 0303 (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm)
Woman’s Trust is a specialist mental health charity, providing free counselling and therapy for women who have experienced domestic abuse.
Support for women and children exposed to domestic violence
CALM (Campaign Against Men Living Miserably)
A charity dedicated to preventing male suicide
Tel: 0800 585858 (Helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year)
Men’s Advice Line
Helpline for male victims of domestic abuse
Tel: 0808 8010 327
Prostate Cancer UK
Support for men diagnosed with prostate cancer
Tel: 0800 074 8383 (to speak to a specialist nurse)
For people over 65 years old who need advice, information, care or health
Tel: 0800 055 6112 (open 8am – 7pm, every day of the year)
The Alzheimer's society is the UK's leading care and research charity supporting people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and their families. The On-line Dementia Database has more than 10,000 published items on Dementia Research and Dementia Care. Available free on the website.
Tel: 0333 150 3456 (Dementia Connect support line)
Talking Point, the on-line forum for people with dementia and their carers available at:
Provide a helpline (Elder Abuse Response) offering information, advice and support for those who suspect that an older person is being abused or for older people who are being abused
Tel: 0808 808 8141
Free text: 07860 052906
Independent Age exist to challenge ageism and discrimination and to tackle the inequalities that exist in order age. They focus on health and care, loneliness and poverty. Call their helpline for information, free impartial advice, or to discuss receiving regular friendship calls or visits.
Tel: 0800 319 6789
The Parkinson's charity drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Improving life for anyone affected by Parkinson’s
Tel. 0808 800 0303
The Silver Line is a FREE confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Tel: 0800 470 8090
Expert advice, information and support for all adult carers
Tel: 0808 808 7777. (Mondays - Fridays 9am - 6pm)
Mental health support for veterans and their families
Tel: 0800 138 1619
An organisation offering free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and support for anyone who knows, or is related to, an adult trans person, where that person is considering or is in the process of transitioning, or has transitioned, within the UK.
Farm Community Network
We are a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community
Tel: 03000 111999 (Every day of the year 7am – 11pm)
National kinship care charity. We want kinship carers and the children they are raising to be recognised, valued and supported. There are 200,000 children in UK being raised by relatives or friends because their parents can no longer look after them
Tel: 0300 123 7015
Advice and support for adults in relation to LGBT issues.
Tel: 0345 3 30 30 30
Lone Twin Network
The Lone Twin Network is a voluntary support group run by and for lone twins, over the age of 18, whose loss has occurred at or around birth, in childhood or during adulthood. We are a UK based group but also have many members from all over the world
Free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults
Supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused
Tel: 0800 980 1958
Parents against Child Exploitation (Pace) support parents and carers whose children are being exploited by offenders outside of the family.
Tel: 0113 240 3040
PTSD Resolution provides treatment to veterans and reservists to enable them to resolve the mental health problems associated with military trauma.
Tel: 0300 302 0551
Working to support relationships through providing advice, information and counselling
Rural Support Helpline
The organisation provides support through a helpline that offers a listening and sign-posting service for farmers and farm families
Tel: 0800 138 1678
SOBS – Survivors of Bereavement of Suicide
Support for survivors of bereavement of suicide aged 18 years and over
Tel: 0300 111 5065 (Monday to Sunday 9am–9pm)
WAY (Widowed and Young) Foundation
Peer to peer support groups for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner dies. Run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves.
Peer support for widows/widowers in their 50s and 60s, creating national, regional and very local meets. They communicate with members via their forum, so callers will need to be comfortable using the internet.
Registration is free and simple, and can be done on their website.
Calm – meditation and sleep stories
Cove – help through music
Headspace – mindfulness for everyday life
Hub of Hope – means of finding local support to talk to
Insight Timer – guided meditations, music and talks posted by contributing experts
Smiling Mind – meditation for all ages
Stay Alive – an app for those at risk of suicide and those worried about someone