Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental Health

It is estimated that one in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do.

Making simple changes to how you live can help your mental health and improve your wellbeing.

Public Health Dorset commission a number of services including support for those with drug and alcohol dependencies, Kooth – an independent online support system for children aged 11-18 and mental health first aid training for employers and staff.

There are lots of tools and some services you can access direct including Steps to Wellbeing. The free, confidential service is run by experienced professionals who will help you take the first step on the road to recovery.

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The fourth edition of the directory of services and support for people with dementia and memory loss, their carers and families is now available here. The booklet was compiled by the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group in partnership with Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust, Bournemouth Borough Council, the Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council (Learning and Development), Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society (Dorset) and local community groups.

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Feeling good is not just about feeling happy, it also means being curious, engaged, interested and content with your life. Functioning well is about having positive relationships, being in control of your life, and having a sense of purpose.

Five Ways to Wellbeing is a set of simple steps that anyone can take to improve their wellbeing. Doing more of these simple things helps us to build resilience, cope better with stress and recover from setbacks in life:

connect keep learning be active take notice give to others
1) Connect 2) Keep learning 3) Be active 4) Take notice 5) Give to others

To learn more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing, visit Mental Wellbeing NHS Choices or Mind UK.

Suicide prevention

Every life lost through suicide represents someone’s child, partner, friend or colleague. The effect on family, friends, colleagues and communities can be devastating.

Across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, suicide prevention is high on the agenda and a key part of the Mental Health Five Year Forward View. We published our pan-Dorset Suicide Prevention Plan in April 2018. There is strong commitment to this plan, and partners who signed up have each been taking forward actions from the plan that they can influence within their own organisations. We at Public Health Dorset are committed to maintaining suicide prevention along with our partners: Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Dorset County Hospital, Poole Hospital, Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital, Dorset HealthCare, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Dorset Mind, the Dorset Mental Health Alliance, HM Prison and Probation Service, the South Western Ambulance Service, Dorset Police, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, the Samaritans, St Mungos, Rethink Mental Illness, and Bournemouth Churches Housing Association.

Some of the issues highlighted as important for our suicide prevention plans at a recent event in November 2018 include: to widen the input from the community, to focus on families, carers and friends, to focus on making meaningful lives and helping to build better lives, to improve the support and advice given to people who have been bereaved by suicide and to work across the system to prevent self-harm and provide better support for those who self-harm and their families.

Governance of the pan-Dorset Suicide Prevention Plan will be through the Health & Wellbeing Boards and the Integrated Community Care Service Programme Board.  Individual organisations will also have their own governance arrangements to make sure the plans and their actions are done.

The partners mentioned meet during the year to discuss a wide range of topics to do with the plan including lived experience of self-harm and suicide and update each other on how each of their suicide plans are being introduced in their organisations.

Kooth for young people

Kooth is a free, confidential online service that helps young people aged 11 – 18 (up to their 19th birthday) who want to talk about their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The service has been commissioned by Public Health Dorset in partnership with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dorset Healthcare, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole.

The aim of the service is to improve mental health services for young people.

Young people can access the service on any mobile device. Once an account is set up, young people can access a whole range of services such as unlimited free counselling sessions with trained professionals, moderated forums, self-help materials and a mood journal where they can record their thoughts and feelings. Young people are encouraged to identify their own goals and monitor progress with their counsellor, charting movement as progress is achieved.

To access the service visit the Kooth website.