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Mental health and wellbeing

Your 'at home' lifestyle

Looking for stay at home activities to keep you occupied? We have plenty of suggestions from crafts, nature, education, cooking, culture, sports and more.

Feeling SAD?

Seasonal affective disorder can be more apparent or severe during the winter months. If you are feeling low then here are some things the NHS recommend trying to help:

  • try to get as much natural sunlight as possible
  • make your work and home environments as light and airy as possible
  • sit near windows when you're indoors
  • take plenty of regular exercise, particularly outdoors and in daylight 
  • eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • if possible, avoid stressful situations and take steps to manage stress

Find more treatments and guidance

Worried about self-isolating? 

If you've been told to self-isolate and you're feeling anxious, it's important that you maintain contact with your support networks, whether that is through social network sites, email, text, calls etc and share how you are feeling.

Here are 10 tips to help with stress, anxiety, worry or any other difficult feelings you may be experiencing during the current coronavirus situation. 

Mental Health Foundation have tips to look after yourself whilst you stay at home such as:

  • Plan your day
  • Move more every day 
  • Try relaxation techniques
  • Connect with others
  • Take time to reflect and practice self-compassion


Having trouble sleeping?

Stress, worry and anxiety can all lead to sleep problems. Every Mind Matters have come up with some top tips to get you to sleep and sleep better: 

  • Keep regular sleep hours 
  • Create a restful environment
  • Move more, sleep better 
  • Confront sleeplessness
  • Write down your worries 
  • Put down the pick-me-ups

Find more sleep advice and information

Do you need help? 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or urgently needs help and support there are options. You are not alone. 

  • Steps2Wellbeing - support you every step with your mental health and wellbeing, you can self-refer online or call  0300 123 1120 in Poole or 0300 790 0542 in Bournemouth and Christchurch
  • Samaritans - you can call them for free 24/7 on 116 123 
  • NHS - call 111
  • Childline – for children and young people under 19 - call 0800 1111
  • You can call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment
  • National support, advice and information
  • call our community helpline on 0300 1237052 or complete our form
  • Connection - Dorset’s 24/7 mental health helpline - 0800 652 0190
  • Kooth - free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
  • Give us a shout - a 24/7 help service - text 85258

Friendship line is available

Feeling lonely or a bit out of sorts? Local charity PramaLife has a friendship line for older people who need someone to chat to. There is a group of local volunteers who will be happy to listen, or talk about whatever is on your mind.

Call: 01202 022987

In a life-threatening situation

If you have seriously harmed yourself or know someone who has, call 999 and ask for an ambulance. You may also need to ask for the police.

You can go to A&E directly if you need immediate help and are worried about your safety. For example if you think you're at risk of taking your own life or seriously hurting yourself.

Improving your wellbeing

App for mindfulness every day 

Headspace is available both online and as an app. It provides you with guided meditations and animations and videos to teach you the benefits of meditation. It also includes hundreds of articles on:

  • Sleep and waking up
  • Stress and anxiety 
  • Movement and healthy living


Public Health Dorset

Find more mental health services from Public Health Dorset and partners including Access Mental Health, Dorset HealthCare, Steps 2 Wellbeing, Dorset Mental Health Forum and more.