Mental Health Resources for Adults

Looking after your mental health

If you need to speak to someone at any time 24/7 you can call the Samaritans on 116 123, the out-of-hours NHS helpline on 111, or Connection (Dorset Crisis Response Service) on 0800 652 0190.

For anyone struggling to cope with life or feels themselves approaching a crisis point, The Retreat is open daily from 4.30pm to midnight in Bournemouth. See also Dorset Mind for some additional useful contact details.

NHS Talking Therapy/Support

Steps2Wellbeing (0300 790 0542) offers a range of treatments for people experiencing problems with low mood/depression, anxiety, stress or other common mental health problems.

Recovery Education Centre provides education and training for people with affected by mental health problems, focusing on self-management, self-determination, choice and responsibility.

Free online CBT and Support

Headspace offers "meditation made simple" and offers to teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day via an app. (see Apple/Android stores)

Moodjuice is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them.

DBT Coach (Apple/Android) is an app which helps you learn and practice DBT (Dialectic Behavioural Therapy) skills.

distrACT is an app which gives you quick,easy and discreet acess to information about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a leading movement against suicide.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can affect anyone and takes many forms. 

24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247

Dorset County - You First (24 hours) - 0800 032 5204

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Outreach (24 hours) - 01202 710 777

Women's Aid - email: or chat 10-12 Mon-Fri

Respect helpline - 0808 802 4040 - for anyone worried that they may be harming someone else

Galop - 0800 999 5428 - domestic violence for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender

Dorset Police - in an emergency call 999, non-emergency email ( or call 101


Rethink provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.


Telephone: 0300 5000 927



Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.


Telephone: 116 123