Access Mental Health is delivered in partnership with Dorset HealthCare, Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA), Hope and Harmony and is a different type of crisis service, one that acknowledges a crisis should be defined by the person who is experiencing it and not defined by diagnosis of symptoms.
There are a range of options for support available:
- Connections 24hr telephone service for all ages – call 0800 652 0190
- Retreat Crisis face to face drop ins in Bournemouth and Dorchester (over 18s) The Retreat | A Place to Pause (the-retreat.org.uk)
- Virtual drop ins Video call setup – Attend Anywhere
- Community Front Rooms (CFR) in Wareham, Shaftesbury, Bridport and Weymouth Community Front Rooms (bcha.org.uk)
All services are staffed by Mental Health Practitioners and Peer Specialists. The team are there to provide a safe space where they will listen to you in a respectful and non-judgemental way. Rather than taking the traditional approach of focusing on diagnosing illness, they focus on what is important to you.
They will ask you what is happening for you, talk to you about your strengths, what resources and sources of support you can call on, and encourage you to share anything you have found helpful in the past.