Updates & Info
An exciting pilot has begun in West Dorset to help overcome the emotional challenges of motherhood.
This 6 session course is designed specifically to help mothers overcome thoughts and feelings that may be unhelpful in their lives. It can help with stress, worry and low mood and will give you skills to help break negative patterns in your life. Helping you manage to feelings of fear and anxiety, the course can also enable you to build the confidence needed to face difficult situations you may have been avoiding. The courses are facilitated by a trained CBT Therapist from the West Dorset Steps to Wellbeing Service and a Health Visitor.
The ‘Out of the Blue’ course is open to women who are either pregnant or have a child under 3 years old, who feel they are struggling emotionally with the challenges of being a mum. Groups are held in Sure Start Children’s Centres across West Dorset, North Dorset and Weymouth/Portland. Anyone who is interested in attending one of these courses can talk to their Health Visitor, Midwife, Children’s Centre or GP, or make a self referral to the Steps to Wellbeing Service
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.