Coronavirus: Dorset Mind offer online support to everyone

Coronavirus: Dorset Mind offer online support to everyone

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 22nd March 2020.

Dorset Mind have opened up their service to anyone in need of support during the coronavirus outbreak.

The charity are expanding their existing services and going digital in response to COVID-19, to ensure everybody's safety.

Looking after people's mental health is as important than ever during the unprecedented times we are facing.

Dorset MIND are replacing their services with telephone and video meetings until further notice. They're getting in touch with their existing participants to let them know about the alternatives available.

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Dorset MIND are opening up telephone and video services to continue what's currently on offer.

They're rapidly developing new support options for everyone, with so many people experiencing uncertain times, isolation, loss of income and contact with friends and family.

From tomorrow (Monday 23rd March) anyone can email the mental health charity if they're in need of support with their well-being.

If people need urgent or crisis support with their mental health, they should call the Samaritans on 116 123 or NHS 111.  

Dorset Mind's Chief Executive, Marianne Storey said:

"We all find ourselves in extremely difficult times - never before have we encountered such a challenge to offering support to so many people. I am however, very encouraged to see the charity adapt so quickly and employ new technology and solutions in order to continue to support people. 

"One in four people will be diagnosed in their lifetime with a mental health problem. Unfortunately, people with mental health difficulties do often feel isolated - this is nothing new.

"But this situation is new and will undoubtedly affect all members of the public. We advise them to help keep positive by following the Five Ways to Wellbeing evidence-based actions that will keep themselves mentally as well as physically strong at home over the coming weeks.

"We will be publishing a lot of information and support on our website and through our Social Media channels in the coming days and weeks so that people do not feel alone and have hints and tips on how to look after their mental health whilst being distanced from work, friends and family."

Dorset Mind Patron and Principal Academic at Bournemouth University, Dr Andy Mayers, added, 

"At this deeply distressing time, I am comforted to see that Dorset Mind is finding novel ways to support the most vulnerable people in our community.

"Feelings of isolation will increase in the coming weeks, so it is important that we reach those who need the most support.

"In addition to providing support online or by phone, it is also vital that we encourage people to engage in activities that keep them physically and mentally well. I am pleased to see that advice being reinforced by Dorset Mind."