Health and wellbeing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have made changes to our services for vulnerable adults to make sure that they are both effective and safe.

See further information about changes to services.

- Overview

- Mental health

Mental health

Not all young people will require or feel able to access emotional wellbeing and mental health services. The pathways team is here to support you in accessing services if needed.

If you're concerned about your mental health, you can contact your GP who may refer you to more specialist services.

The Retreat

The Retreat is a safe place to discuss your problems and get peer support.

If you are struggling to cope with life and feel yourself approaching a crisis point, you can attend The Retreat in Hahnemann Road, Bournemouth.

The Retreat aims to provide you with a safe and welcoming environment where you can discuss your problems and work towards solutions. Staffed by both mental health professionals and peer specialists (people who have their own experience of mental health issues), The Retreat offers out-of-hours support and advice on self management.

You can attend if you want to try to avoid a crisis, or if you feel you have already reached a crisis point. It is up to you how you define this - you do not need to be referred by a doctor or other health professional. You do not need to phone ahead, just turn up and ring the front doorbell.

Where possible, we encourage you to attend before 11pm during the week and before 1am at the weekend in order to make best use of the service.

The Retreat is an open access service for adults aged 18 and over. The Retreat is not able to work with people who:

  • are under the age of 18
  • require medical attention beyond first aid/wound care
  • are intoxicated by alcohol or substances
  • display threatening or physically aggressive behaviour

Useful links

Dorset Mind - A mental health charity supporting local people.
Young minds - The UK's leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
Where's your head at? - A campaign looking to improve the mental health of the nation.
NHS Choices - young people and mental health - Advice on managing stress, depression and anxiety.
Mind - Help for mental health problems.
Childline - Help and advice on a wide range of issues.
HealthTalk - Get support for a range of health issues by seeing and hearing people's real life experiences.
Dorset HealthCare - Mental and physical health services in Dorset.
Mental Health Helpline - Mental health helplines.
Steps 2 Wellbeing - Therapies service for people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people who want to talk in confidence. You can call the helpline free on 116 123.

Page last updated: 31 August 2021
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