Mental Health

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave

One in four people in the UK has a mental health problem at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.  Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders are all examples of mental health problems. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people. 

Mental health services are free on the NHS. Your mental health is essential, and you should get help if you need it.   Here’s what you can do:

  Talk to Your GP first

Your GP can also talk to you about your mental health and help introduce you to the right mental health service for your needs. Contact us to make an appointment for a GP consultation:>>

  Get help without talking to your GP

There are also some mental health services that you can use without talking to your GP first. This is known as self-referral.  Many people experience difficulties with feeling low or depressed, finding it hard to motivate themselves or feeling more tired than usual.  The  Steps 2 Wellbeing Service is a free, confidential NHS service for anyone aged 18+ who is registered at a GP surgery in Dorset. Offering a range of different types of treatment for people experiencing problems with low mood/depression, anxiety or stress. Some of the issues can include:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Anxiety (including social anxiety and generalised anxiety)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Specific phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Stress

Steps2Wellbeing provide support either over the telephone, face-to-face, in groups or via the internet. The use of language or British Sign Language interpreters can be arranged if required.

Self refer by following this link:>>

  Get help through your work

If your mental health problem is because of stress at work, your employer might be able to refer you to occupational health services.

  Get help from your school or college

If you're a child or young person, your school or college might be able to refer you directly to a specialist mental health service.

  Social Prescribing and Wellbeing Services

For many people, circumstances beyond the purely medical such as fatigue, grief, isolation, loneliness, finances, their role as a Carer, and health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and pain, can give rise to additional worries, issues, and needs. Your GP may refer you to the Social Prescribing service, or you may wish to self refer, in which case you can contact the Dorset Self-Management Service – Social Prescribing Team by calling 0303 303 0153.

Or follow this link to visit the self-referral page on their website:>>

  Further Information

More information on local mental health services can be found on the Purbeck Primary Care Network (PCN) website here:>>