Help walk for Hopeline in Dorchester

Help walk for Hopeline in Dorchester

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 7:30am 21st September 2019. (Updated at 9:44am 4th October 2019)

Dorset Healthcare's raising awareness of the suicide prevention support service for younger people.

Everyone's welcome to join the walk through Borough Gardens on Saturday 5th October at 11am.

What is Hopeline?

  • It's a national helpline for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
  • It provides a safe space to talk through anything that's happening in your life that could be impacting on your life or someone you know's ability to stay safe
  • For anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Hopeline is run by charity Papyrus - they say many young suicides are preventable with the right help

The walk:

  • Starting from Borough Gardens, past the library, through the arcade, turn right and up towards Boots
  • Wear something purple if you can
  • The aim of the walk is to get the conversation around suicide started, in order to #smashthestigma

Anne Daily, psychiatric liaison for Dorset Healthcare at Dorset County Hospital said:

“It can be very difficult to admit that you’re having those feelings, so if you’re struggling – either as a young person who is having suicidal thoughts, or as a concerned family member or friend - you can ring Hopeline and get advice and guidance on how to start that conversation.

“We want to get rid of the stigma around suicide and for people not to be worried to ask others if they’re having those feelings – it’s ok to ask.”

Get in touch:

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact Hopeline UK for confidential support and practical advice.

☎️ 0800 068 4141
📱 07786209697 or

Opening hours:

9am – 10pm weekdays

2pm – 10pm weekends & bank holidays

Other sources of help:

  • Your GP
  • A teacher, parent, friend or any other trusted person
  • Connection - Dorset-based helpline Call 111 and select ‘mental health’  or dial 0300 1235440 to access support as part of the Dorset Crisis Response Service.
  • Samartians  Call 116 123 for free