Updates & Info
Following on from our recent press coverage last week, the Weymouth and Portland Steps to Wellbeing Service has been in the local newspaper again this week, regarding the Services available to people who have gone through a divorce or are in the process of going through a divorce. The following is an excerpt taken from the Dorset Echo:
Weymouth and Portland has one of the highest number of divorced people in the country.
A total of 12.1 per cent of the local population is divorced according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.
Divorce figures for other areas of Dorset remain much lower, with West Dorset and Purbeck both at 9.8 per cent.
A spokesperson for relationship support group Relate Dorset, said: “Relate are aware there are people struggling with their relationships and are here to help with difficulties they experience within family life.
“We have a team of counsellors and mediators who can give professional, non-judgemental and confidential support.”
In Weymouth and Portland, 6,544 people are divorced out of a total of 54,306 with marital or civil partnership status.
Although the number of divorced people in West Dorset is higher at 8,174 people, the number of people with a marital or civil partnership status in the area is also higher at 83,536.
Blackpool has the highest number of people divorced in the UK with 13.1 per cent, followed by Hastings with 12.8 per cent, Torbay with 12.2 per cent and Weymouth and Portland with 12.1 per cent.
All 12 areas with a rate above 12 per cent are also on the coast according to the figures, which suggests seaside towns have more divorced people than anywhere else in the country.
Colin Hicks, Associate Director for Steps to Wellbeing Services at Dorset HealthCare, said: “When people go through a divorce, they can often experience depression, anxiety and high levels of stress, as well as issues with their confidence and self esteem.
“Dorset HealthCare’s ‘Steps to Wellbeing’ provides a free talking therapies service for people who may be struggling with these issues. We offer a range of interventions which have been shown to be effective in helping people - including telephone support, face to face counselling, group work and online self-help programmes. “We accept self-referrals to this service, so anyone in Weymouth and Portland can contact us directly for help by calling 01305 761501 or clicking here"
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.
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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
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There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.