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Everyone has mental health. It is not constant and we all have periods of good and bad mental health. Many people experience anxiety and stress in everyday life.


Juggling life and assignments can be a difficult task and you do not have to feel like you are alone. It was reported in 2016 that one in four students will suffer with their mental health while studying at college. The wellbeing team offer a variety of services to support you while you are at college and there are many other agencies available to offer help and advice.


Take control, you don’t need to suffer in silence.


When symptoms are prolonged, it is not uncommon for people to experience symptoms of depression. For some people, poor mental health can develop and become a longer lasting challenge.


Poor mental health can take many forms including: eating disorders, addiction, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.




Mental Health Toolkit



Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. We began life in 1989 as the first national charity for people with eating disorders because of a merger of two local charities. Called the Eating Disorders Association, we have grown and developed over time to become Beat.






08088 010677

Youthline: 08088010711




 For under 18’s please email 






Depression Alliance



We are an alliance of public, private, voluntary and community organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take action to reduce suicide and support those affected by suicide.


At Depression Alliance we bring people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. We also campaign to end the stigma of depression and to raise awareness of what it means to live with it.





Men’s Health Forum

(Many health related

issues including mental health)


Men’s Health Forum is a charity based in Great Britain. Its mission is to improve the health of men and boys in England, Wales and Scotland.


The Men’s Health Manifesto sets out the changes needed to tackle the high rate of premature deaths in men.

Contact form available online.



02079 227908





Mental Health and Money Advice


Mental Health & Money Advice is the first UK-wide online advice service designed to help you understand, manage and improve your financial and mental health.


Mental Health & Money Advice is the first UK-wide service to combine support for both mental health and financial problems. We’re here for anyone with a mental illness who is struggling with their money, as well as anyone whose financial problems are affecting their mental health.


Four million people in the UK have both mental health and money problems, and a further four million are at risk because they’re having financial difficulties. Together, these issues can create a worrying cycle that can lead to problems with relationships, work and housing.







We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.





030012 33393 or text 86463










Mind (Dorset)



Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to our information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales. We’re building on change, but we know there is much more to do.




01202 551660




Rethink Mental Illness


The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, debt, criminal justice and carers rights.


They also offer general help on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment.



Online contact form.









We’re there for people when they need us, which could be any time of day or night. People talk to us for as long as they like, as many times as they like.


We don’t rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door. We let people lead the conversation at their own pace. There’s no waiting lists, and no assessments.


We want you to feel safe while talking to us, so you can tell us how you’re really feeling. That’s why we take your confidentiality very seriously. For some, we’re the only place they can turn to without fear of judgement.


For others that might worry about burdening friends or family, we offer a safe place to turn.




116 123








Number 18



Do you need to talk to someone about a question or a problem that you may have?

Whatever it is, UP is here to help you deal with it.




01202 262291













Sane is a leading UK mental health charity. We work to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.


Sane’s vision has remained consistent throughout its history: to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness.





03003 047000












(Poole, Purbecks and East Dorset)

The Steps to Wellbeing Service is a free, confidential, NHS service for people aged 18+. We provide a service across the county of Dorset, and in Southampton, for people registered at either a Dorset or Southampton GP surgery.




03001 231120








(Bournemouth and Christchurch)

We offer a range of treatments for people experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders.




03007 900542









The Retreat




The Retreat – a safe place to discuss your problems and access peer support

If you are struggling to cope with life and feel yourself approaching a crisis point, you can attend The Retreat in Hahnemann Road, Bournemouth and Maiden Castle Road in Dorchester.



0300 123 5440








We know that some young people will currently be experiencing the death of someone they love but that they may not have been able to say their ‘Goodbyes’ in the usual way by visiting hospital or attending the funeral. We also realise that not seeing friends and family and not attending college will be additional losses for them. Letting them talk and listening to how they are feeling will help.

Whilst we are unable to provide ‘face to face’ support at this time, we are able to offer support and advice to parents and professionals by telephone. We may not be able to answer your call immediately but will return your call as soon as we can.  






01258 837 071




The Mix


Essential support for under 25s – We care about you and your body. To make sure you are happy and healthy, this link contains everything you need to know about your body







Child Bereavement UK


We support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.


We provide confidential support, information and guidance to families and professionals throughout the UK. Our professionally trained bereavement support workers are available to take calls 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday.




08000 288840













Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.


Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. We have a Freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people.


Our services are provided by our network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.



08088 081677







Calm stands for Campaign Against Living Miserably, and is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. CALM run a free and confidential helpline and webchat for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. It supports those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP). https://supportaftersuicide.org.uk/

Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year 5 pm – midnight




0800 585858






Papyrus is a UK Young Suicide Prevention Charity. If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be, you can contact the HOPELINE for confidential support and practical advice.
Open 10am-10pm on weekdays
and 2pm – 10pm on weekends
Call: 0800 0684141
Text: 07786 209 697
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org








indicates five ways to improve mental wellbeing every day in a simple way.


Stay in touch with family and friend, make regular and frequent contact.


Taking up a hobby, learning new skills or facts increases confidence.

Exercise regularly

Being active lifts our mood, reduces stress and anxiety, improves our physical health, and gives us more energy. Get outside, preferably in a green space or near water. Find an activity you enjoy doing, and just do it.

Act of kindness

Get involved with a community project, charity work, or simply help out someone you know. As well as benefiting others, you’ll be doing something worthwhile which will help you feel better about yourself.



Become more aware of the environment, the things and people around you, as well as your own thoughts and feelings.







KOOTH is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.
It provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
Open Monday to Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday and Sunday 6pm – 10pm








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