Our story began in 1992, around the time the asylums in Dorset closed, with a small group of people gathering together to have a voice alongside statutory services. In those days, people who experienced emotional distress and problems with their mental health were not able to speak openly about their experiences, or to have a voice in their own care and treatment.
Over the last 30 years, our story has evolved along with people’s understanding and attitudes towards mental health. Our work continues to be shaped by the needs and challenges faced by people and communities across Dorset.
The Forum of today is built on the experiences and Recovery journeys of thousands of local people, whose struggles and successes are embedded within the DNA of our organisation.
Our Values guide everything that we do:
- Honesty is our foundation stone.
- Our work requires Courage, to be vulnerable and to grow.
- We know the power of Compassion.
- Respect for who we are is a human right.
- Having Integrity means living our values and staying true to our purpose.