Charity of the Year

2019-20 is the fifth year we have had a BPCSU Charity of the Year nominated by students!

This means every fundraising event we do will be in aid of an amazing local cause. This year students felt mental health is an important contemporary issue that needs addressing, and voted for Dorset Mind to be our Charity of the Year.

Dorset Mind is a mental health charity that has been supporting local people with mental health challenges since 1946.  Although an affiliate of national Mind the charity generates all their income and does not receive direct funding from national Mind or the high street Mind shops.

As a charity, Dorset Mind aims to raise awareness about mental ill health within general and specific communities.  They educate people about symptoms – what they are, what to expect and how to spot them.  They also help people learn about what they can do when they experience symptoms or know someone who does.

Where possible, Dorset Mind challenges the stigma and inequality of mental ill health so that neither prevents people receiving the information and support they need.  The charity promotes the ethos of recovery from mental ill health by educating people about recovery.  They also provide responsive and safe support services for all communities to assist them in their own recovery.

Currently Dorset Mind has two big campaigns: – ‘Dorset Mind Your Head’ which is a complete holistic programme of youth mental health services for schools/colleges that supports Young People’s mental health in Dorset.  ‘Dorset Mind Works’ tackles the stigma of mental health in the workplace, supporting employers and employees with their mental health at work.  In 2018, Dorset Mind is plans to expand their support services to West and North Dorset, starting by taking Befriending and Support groups to Dorchester, Sherborne, Shaftsbury and Gillingham.

Mental health problems can affect anyone: around one in four people will suffer from some form of diagnosable mental health problem during their lifetime. The most common forms of mental health problems are anxiety and depression, but there are many others including bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. 

Dorset Mind Contact Numbers:

To discover more about Dorset Mind; their plans to offer support for mental health in the workplace, their support services, or to request an interview, please contact them through one of the following means:

Dorset Mind Address: 3 Stratfield Saye, 20-22 Wellington Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8JN.
Tel: 01202 551660.  Email:  Web:
Twitter: DorsetMind.  Facebook: DorsetMind1947

Dr Andrew Mayers FRSA – Patron and Trustee
Tel: 07749 201980.  Email:
Web: Twitter: DrAndyMayers.  Facebook: Andy Mayers.

Look out for our BPCSU charity events throughout the year where we will be supporting Dorset Mind!