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Every Mind Matters

Mind your mind

What's on your mind? Just like our physical health, we all have mental health, good and bad; highs and lows.

Having good mental health can help us feel better, sleep better, and supports us in doing the things we want to do. It can help us have more positive relationships. Making positive choices isn't just good for our physical health; it helps to boost and protect our mental wellbeing too: Eating well and getting active can improve your mood. Overcoming smoking addiction can help you feel calmer and manage stress better. Drinking less helps us think more clearly and feel healthier.

We don't need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

Five Questions:

The Your Mind Plan, from Every Mind Matters will help you deal with stress, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control. Answer these five questions to create your mind plan.


One in four people in the UK experience mental health problems each year

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep?

Poor sleep can make it harder to get things done. Better sleep improves energy levels, mood and ability to concentrate. Try winding down before bedtime to improve your sleep.

Feeling stressed?

You are not alone. We all feel stressed sometimes and it can get on top of us. Life can be stressful, but regular physical activity can help to relieve some of the tension.

Do you have a low mood?

Many of us find ourselves feeling sad, down or unmotivated at times. But making small changes can often help to improve our mood.

Feeling anxious?

Anxiety affects lots of us and can get overwhelming. But there are simple things you can do to improve your mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try spending some quality time with supportive friends, family or colleagues.

Local support:

Connection is a round-the-clock helpline for people of all ages, anywhere in Dorset, who are experiencing mental health problems and need support. Phone their 24/7 helpline on 0300 123 5440. Access a walk-in community front room in Bridport, Shaftsbury or Wareham; or visit the Retreat in Bournemouth or Dorchester. Learn more

Dorset Mind has supported people in Dorset for more than 70 years and provides 13 recovery and resilience support groups. It educates people about the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and supports them to identify and develop new coping skills. The charity also runs a one-to-one befriending programme, designed to help people regain confidence and social skills.

Anyone adult in Dorset can access support groups and services across the county through Dorset Mind. The groups can be attended immediately, there are no waiting-times - and best of all you can self-refer.

Details of how to get support in Dorset for mental health problems can be found here.

If you're aged 11-25, access support from Dorset Minds ‘Mind Your Head’ service.

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Browse these tools and tips to improve your wellbeing:



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Need support right now?

Phone the Samaritans who provide free 24-hour listening support. Calls are confidential and you can talk about any issue, no matter how difficult. Phone 116 123 or visit their website to learn more.

Phone Connections local 24-7 helpline on 0300 123 5440 to access support in Dorset. Learn more

If you are a young person looking for advice on your mental health please visit Rise Above.

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We're here for you! Are you ready to take steps to healthy living? Register, or get in touch with with us today. 

How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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