Updates & Info
The services in Dorset have been through a restructure and as of 1st August we have a Steps 2 Wellbeing Service in all areas of Dorset. There have been various names for the services previously such as IAPT, Gateway and Primary Care Mental Health but they will be named Steps 2 Wellbeing from now on.
Dorset is split into different areas according to the new Commissioning arrangements led by local GPs and these areas are as follows: ·
Bournemouth & Christchurch
Poole, Purbeck & East Dorset
North Dorset (covering Blandford, Sherborne, Gillingham & Shaftesbury) ·
West Dorset (covering Bridport and Dorchester)
Weymouth & Portland
The contact details for each of these areas are on the ‘Contact Us’ page of this website. If you are unsure which area you are in then you can speak to any of the offices and they will be able to register you with the Service and book an appointment within your local area. As part of this change there will be new Steps 2 Wellbeing leaflets available in your GP practice and in the local community.
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.