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.

Big white wall is an online support community which has supported over 100,000 people living with anxiety and depression.

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