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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. (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


The Lantern

Support Centre offering advice, advocacy and counselling

Tel: 01305 787940

National Organisations

Female adults

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


Woman’s Trust

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.


Women’s Aid 

Support for women and children exposed to domestic violence

Live chat

Male adults

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)

Older adults

Age UK

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)


Alzheimer’s Society

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

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


Parkinson’s UK

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 

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


Other adults

Carers UK

Expert advice, information and support for all adult carers

Tel: 0808 808 7777. (Mondays - Fridays 9am - 6pm)


Combat Stress

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


LGBT Foundation

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

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.




Useful Apps

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

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