DORSET Mind has announced its plans to adapt their current range of support for people in the county during the COVID-19 outbreak.

By offering a range of group and one-to-one support options online or by phone, the charity intends to continue helping people with mental health problems whether they are at work or at home.

People who struggle with their mental health are likely to feel even more isolated and extremely anxious.

Therefore, Dorset Mind’s existing services will be replaced by telephone or video meetings from this time until further notice. This includes moving wellbeing groups online, delivering training by Webinar and carrying out other meetings on-line by video conferencing.

Dorset Mind's chief executive, Marianne Storey said: “We all find ourselves in extremely difficult times – never before have we encountered such a challenge to offering support to so many people.

“I am however, very encouraged to see the charity adapt so quickly and employ new technology and solutions in order to continue to support people.

“One in four people will be diagnosed in their lifetime with a mental health problem. Unfortunately, people with mental health difficulties do often feel isolated – this is nothing new. But this situation is new and will undoubtedly affect all members of the public.

“We will be publishing a lot of information and support on our website and through our social media channels in the coming days and weeks so that people do not feel alone and have hints and tips on how to look after their mental health whilst being distanced from work, friends and family.”

Dorset Mind patron and principal academic at Bournemouth University, Dr Andy Mayers, added: “At this deeply distressing time, I am comforted to see that Dorset Mind is finding novel ways to support the most vulnerable people in our community.

“Feelings of isolation will increase in the coming weeks, so it is important that we reach those who need the most support. In addition to providing support online or by phone, it is also vital that we encourage people to engage in activities that keep them physically and mentally well. I am pleased to see that advice being reinforced by Dorset Mind.”

For more information about Dorset Mind, or if you would like to keep updated with support being offered, please see the charity’s website: