HEALTH: Dorset Mind to provide online support during isolation period

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While many parts of the country shudder to a halt under the new government rules regarding isolation and social distancing, Dorset Mind is continuing to provide support by conducting group and one-to-one sessions online or by telephone. 

Dorset Mind have confirmed they will do their best to continue supporting those with mental health struggles throughout the government’s new rules regarding isolation and social distancing. Recognising the impact on mental health not only from anxiety over the virus itself but the potential strain of isolation as well, they will be contacting current clients to discuss the new alternatives available to them. 

In order to support as many people as possible, they are also in the process of developing other options for accessing their services, which should be available from next week. 

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 often do feel isolated – this is nothing new. But this situation is new and will undoubtedly affect all members of the public. We advise them to keep positive by following the Five Ways to Wellbeing – evidence-based actions that will keep themselves as mentally as well as physically strong 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.”

For now, the charity is continuing to offer support to new clients, and have confirmed that from Monday 23 March 2020, anyone who is experiencing mental health difficulties can email them. If you are experiencing urgent or crisis support with your mental health, please call the Samaritans on 116 123, or call NHS 111. 

For updates on the support you can get from Dorset Mind, visit their website, or their Twitter, Facebook or Instagram feeds. 

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