The Forum is involved in many areas of mental health service evaluation, design and planning. In order to represent the views of service users fully, it is important that we gather as many experiences and opinions as possible. Please contact us at any time to let us know your views about any area of local mental health service provision, or just to share your experiences.
If you or anyone you know has an interest in helping to shape services you can get involved by joining the Forum. Download the Forum Information Leaflet to find out more about what we do and how you can be a part of it.
Following on from the popular and successful Christchurch Community Celebration Event we would like to give you the opportunity to offer your feedback on the mental health services you access in the Christchurch area.
What are the positive aspects of the service you receive? What doesn't work so well? Do you have any suggestions for ways to improve the service? We are keen to hear from you.
If you would like to be part of a community voice for people who use, or may wish to use mental health services and who experience mental health problems, please register an interest in becoming a part of the new Weymouth CAG team. For more details, please visit the Weymouth CAG page.
Dorset HealthCare has restructured how Community Mental Health care is provided in the Bournemouth and Christchurch areas.
For more details on these changes and for the opportunity to give feedback, please visit the Bournemouth & Christchurch CMHT Restructuring page.
You can now download the Forum's Eating Disorders Survey Report.
Our grateful thanks go to everybody who completed the survey; a copy of the report will be sent out to all those respondents who gave us their contact details.
Two focus groups will be held in the next few weeks, to discuss the survey findings and proposals for a new all-age Eating Disorders Service for Dorset.
For more information, please contact Sue Forber at the Forum office by emailing email@example.com
The NHS in Dorset has been working since 2010 to draw up a future plan for the care of residents in the Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne and Weymouth and Portland areas who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
The NHS consulted widely with many interested parties including patients, health professionals, carers, support groups, social services staff and local councillors.
Views have been taken on board and a final proposal for new Mental Health Urgent Care Services for people aged over 18 has now been developed.
This new proposal involves a major investment in these services in the west of Dorset. It will bring them in line with those already operating very successfully in Christchurch, Purbeck, East Dorset and Dorchester and elsewhere in the UK. But, before it is adopted formally, NHS Dorset would like to hear final comments on the proposal.
The Forum is undertaking a piece of work to find out about people's experiences of accessing accommodation and housing support. Your views about services are important and will inform and shape the services that are provided locally. Please help by providing responses to our questions and making further comments. All views will remain anonymous and confidential.
This survey is ongoing and the feedback received will be published on this website.
Gathering views of people who have experience of, or are in the process of applying for 'Personalised Community Care' (Direct Payments).
Rethink Mental Illness, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset County Council and Dorset Mental Health Forum in partnership.
Would you like to take part in research for which you will receive a voucher?
Dorset Mental Health Forum have partnered with Rethink Mental Illness to gather the views of people in Dorset. The study is to be spread over 2012 and will take the form of three interviews per person with Rethink research staff, for each of which they will give you a £10 Thank You voucher (Love2Shop High Street voucher).
Please look at this list of shops where the vouchers can be redeemed.
The results from the study will be totally anonymous and will form part of a major report back to Government. This will be an important opportunity to get your views across to the decision-makers.
There are some eligibility criteria to frame the people we are seeking. Please see whether you fall into the category of person, male or female, we are seeking:
If you would like to learn more or take part in the study, please contact:
Richard Peacocke - The People Study
Dorset Mental Health Forum,
29-29A Durngate Street,
Tel: 07771 861934