Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Submitted by: David Upshall Insurance Servic


People living with a mental health difficulty in rural communities experience greater barriers to inclusion in society than their urban counterparts. This can lead to greater isolation which, in turn, has a huge impact on their wellbeing and physical health. The most common mental health difficulties are depression, stress and anxiety. These conditions come with big challenges to socialising, working, learning, and keeping physically active. These are huge problems if you live in the countryside or a small town or village where you have to try harder, travel further or look wider to find vital help. This is creating a growing problem and needs a solution fast.

With the help of the Aviva Community Fund, Dorset Mind will be able to set up 10 new mental wellbeing support groups in the rural villages and small towns predominantly in the west and north of Dorset: Dorchester, Blandford and Bridport, Sherborne, Swanage and Shaftesbury, Wimborne, Wareham, Gillingham and Six-Penny Handley.

These groups will:

- be a safe place, run by qualified counsellors where people can meet and support each other
- teach people (based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing Model) how to build mental health resilience and wellbeing so that they can be as mentally well and as productive and active as possible
- share information about all sorts of things in their communities that could help their wellbeing and inclusion; from social activities to learning opportunities, from physical activities to volunteering roles.

These groups will run fortnightly and will be aimed at people with depression, stress and anxiety but will welcome anyone struggling with a mental health difficulty. Experienced and qualified counsellors will be able to signpost people with severe mental health difficulties to the right professional services.

At Dorset Mind we have run support groups for 70 years. We know what works and we have grown and evolved how we work with people so that we change with the times.

Dorset Mind

Location: Dorset, United Kingdom

Dorset Mind and David Upshall Insurance Services, with their shared vision have been working together for over a year and are hugely proud of the partnership we have developed and the progress we have made together to campaign for greater mental health support for residents of rural Dorset.
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