DORSET Mind have teamed up with an award-winning media agency from London to produce a digital experience that aims to alleviate mental health issues caused by the new restrictions.

The Bournemouth based mental health charity and Crowd have created the ‘My Dorset Mind’ online resource with the purpose of proving a comforting aid for two challenges many people are facing at the moment: lockdown and social isolation.

The free online platform allows people to explore some of Dorset’s major historic and natural attractions including Old Harry Rocks, Boscombe Pier and the River Avon with the accompaniment of ambient music to promote mindfulness and meditation.

Global CEO at Crowd Jamie Sergeant said: “We’d like to thank our friends at Jurassic Coast Trust and Visit Dorset, who have helped us to source some fantastic photography.

“The design team at Crowd then worked their magic to create subtly animated scenes which bring the outdoors in; until we can visit them again in person.

“We hope to expand the functionality of My Dorset Mind to other locations as well, as we believe it helps during these challenging times.”

To provide the most authentic experience possible, Crowd have added real sounds from the selected locations, and each view is subtly animated and looped so individuals can spend as long as they choose.

To further help with meditation, relaxing sounds have also been added, as well as on-screen prompts, inspirational quotes, and animated directions on breathing techniques.

Dr Andy Mayers, Dorset Mind’s Patron and Principal Academic at Bournemouth University, added: “Mindfulness is a proven method to alleviate symptoms of poor mental health.

“The ‘My Dorset Mind’ project brilliantly captures our beautiful Dorset scenery and uses that along with aids to help the viewer relax.

“This will really help people at a time when they need it most. I love it.”

The charity has been helping those in need for over 70 years, but the coronavirus, the associated lockdown, and loss of income for many is producing a unique situation where their services are needed more than ever.

For those who need mental health support, please head towards Dorset Mind’s website.

To access the online resource, visit