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New wellbeing support group for Dorchester

mental health


7:00am 15th April 2018

The mental health charity, Dorset Mind, has announced plans to launch a Wellbeing Support Group in Dorchester.

The group will focus on managing anxiety and depression, the two most common mental health problems that affect up to 1 in 6 people in the county.

Dorset Mind says it's the first step towards plans to expand their services in West Dorset over the next 12 months.

"We are extremely lucky to be developing our strategy so quickly in 2018, especially in the parts of Dorset that require extra support," said Marianne Storey, CEO of Dorset Mind, "We've been very lucky in the fact the Wellbeing Support Group in Dorchester is being mostly funded by the amazing efforts of David Upshall and Anita Harries."

"David is the senior partner of David Upshall Insurance Services and Anita is the former ex-Mayoress of Dorchester. They've both been extremely supportive with their local knowledge and creative with their fundraising efforts," said Marianne.

"Mental illness and stress are a growing problem, especially when you consider the pace and pressures of everyday life. Here in West Dorset it's no different. I'm truly delighted to link up with Dorset Mind and help them build services in this part of the County," said David Upshall.

Dorset Mind say there are currently few mental health services in Dorchester and West Dorset without large waiting times.

The recent Dorset CCG Review (Sept 2017) recommended that vital statutory services should move eastwards.

This means that many people in West Dorset will have little or no access to mental health services.

Dr Andrew Mayers, Principal Academic at Bournemouth University and Patron for Dorset Mind explains further "I am delighted to see this new wellbeing group start in Dorchester. At Dorset Mind we made a commitment to ensure our mental health services were pan-Dorset. This is just the start."

"Traditionally, mental health services in the west of Dorset have been limited. Dorset is a rural county. In some cases, those people needing support in west Dorset need to travel to Bournemouth or Poole. This can be a real challenge for some, especially if they have no transport of their own."



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