Children's mental health advice-line launched for Dorset

Children's mental health advice-line launched for Dorset

Published by George Sharpe at 11:15am 29th April 2020. (Updated at 11:20am 29th April 2020)

There's a new mental health advice line for parents and carers from Dorset Council.

Managing your mental health is a challenge during a global pandemic, but managing your children's can be even more difficult.

That's why Dorset Council's introducing a new confidential advice-line for parents and carers as part of it's Educational Psychology Service.

It's offering support to carers whose children are anxious or don't understand why life has changed so much.

Dorset Council are helping parents and carers support their children through the pandemic

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help, said:

"These are difficult times for everyone, but it can be particularly hard on some children who perhaps do not fully understand why they are not going to school and why their routines have changed so much.

"That said, it is also an anxious time for children and young people who know exactly what is happening, and may be finding the coverage very worrying. 

"We have launched the helpline to support parents and carers so they can help their children cope with the lockdown. If you live in the Dorset Council area and are concerned about how your child is managing and you need someone to talk to, please ring us.

"Our educational psychologists are available to help you. They will listen to your concerns and can offer practical advice and guidance."

You can get in touch with the helpline on:

  • 01305 228300
  • Monday to Friday 
  • 9 am to 4.45 pm

Callers need to ring and make an appointment for a 30-minute phone consultation.

Calls are confidential unless there is a risk of harm to the caller, their child or someone else. Brief records are kept of each call.

The service is open to all families in the Dorset Council area.