Need to talk? - Public Health Dorset


Need to talk?

If you’re struggling with your feelings, or you're worried about someone else, these organisations are on-hand to help at any time – with no judgement.

CALLConnection – Dorset's 24/7 mental health helpline - get free advice from the NHS at any time, for anyone in Dorset. Call 0800 652 0190. 
TEXT: Shout - Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 for mental health support wherever you are. It's a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
TALK TO: Samaritans – Whatever you're going through, Samaritans are on-hand to listen day and night, however big or small the problem. Call 116 123 or email


Support for young people in Dorset

Dorset has a range of mental health support and wellbeing activities for young people – but you might not know where to find them.

  • Visit for information on free counselling and group support from Dorset Mind, as well as mental health advice and wellbeing guides
  • Visit for a directory of groups and activities for young people


Self-referral support

Young people aged 16-18 years, who are struggling with their mental health can self-refer online to CAMHS Gateway - without going through their GP. CAMHS Gateway also provides brief interventions for symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Visit for more information.

If you're 18 and over, and you are feeling stressed, worried or low, Steps2Wellbeing can help you manage your thoughts and improve your wellbeing. Steps2Wellbeing offer free, NHS counselling, online courses and self-help without going to your GP. You can get in touch at any time on 0800 484 0500 or self refer online.


Drop in for help

If you’re 18 and over, you can drop into Dorset’s Community Front Rooms for mental health support. Opening times can vary so visit for more information. You’ll find Community Front Rooms at:


56 St Mary Street,




The Assembly Rooms,

Gundry Lane,





Bereavement support

Please don't struggle alone with bereavement. Dorset Open Door can help you find the help and support that you’re looking for. 

Call 01305 361 361 or email

Lucy Mears

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