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More People with Mental Health Issues Needing Advice in Dorchester

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12:36pm 3rd June 2014

A charity has told us their Dorchester office needs a mental health advisor to meet growing demand in the County Town.

The local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) says they're discovering more people with mental health issues coming to them seeking guidance on important issues.

A person can choose to identify themselves as having a mental health issue when attending a CAB office.

The Dorchester CAB is paired with another office in Sherborne and they both share a dedicated worker who offers advice and guidance to people affected. But he can't be in Dorchester all the time so a number of people who need some mental health understanding and specialist guidance, are missing out.

Dorchester Trustee Heather says there's a need to launch a mental health project in the town and dedicated officers have helped massively in other areas:

"People may not have known about the services that they're entitled to receive. The project worker will know about that, will have contacts, have the confidence and knows the system, to make sure these people get everything they're entitled to."

"Particularly there have been issues with benefits recently, where people have been declared fit for work and then it turns out their benefit shouldn't have been withdrawn and they do need support in other ways to help them, to do what they can, to get a job."

The local office is now trying to raise funds so they can afford to launch a mental health project and get a dedicated health professional on site more often.

They're hosting a fun antiques evaluation fundraiser at the Corn Exchange on Friday (6th June from 7pm), where people can bring along any collectables they have and have it checked over by Dukes Auctioneers.

Tickets are £10 and it’s hoped most of the proceeds will go towards helping fund a mental health project so people in Dorchester can get the advice they need.

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