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Access Mental Health- Supporting you in crisis

Monday, 3 February 2020

If you are struggling to cope or feel yourself nearing a breakdown, Access Mental Health is here to provide help to people in Dorset.

Designed in partnership with local people, Access Mental Health offers a range of services which provide support at times and places when people need it the most.

You don't need to be referred by your GP or other health professional, you can just reach out for help when you need it. Mental health professionals and peer support workers will be on hand to help you avoid a crisis and help you find the path to recovery.

People of any age and their families can access our services.

Connection- a 24/7 helpline open to all ages. Dorset residents or people visiting Dorset can call direct on 0300 123 5440 or access via NHS 111 (Please note the NHS 111 route is unavailable at present due to the Coronavirus situation)

The Retreat- open to anyone aged 18 or above, providing a safe space to seek face-to-face help and support. It is open every day from 4.30pm-midnight at locations in Bournemouth and Dorchester.

Community Front Rooms- open to anyone aged 18 or above, providing a welcoming, safe space where you can discuss problems and work towards possible solutions. It is open from 3.15-10.45pm, Thursday-Sunday, at locations in Bridport, Shaftesbury and Wareham.

Those in Southampton that require help can still access it through the Samaritans helpline on 116 123 or text message only on 07725 909090.

You can also email