Dorset Mind

South West

Registered Charity Number: 1108168

Project name

Mental health support for community key workers

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About the charity

Dorset Mind has provided mental health services to Dorset residents for over seventy-five years; we educate communities about mental health, challenge the inequality and stigma around mental ill health and provide 1-2-1 and group support that helps adults and young people recover and maintain their wellbeing.

How the £10,000 grant will help

You Gov carried out a survey on the impact of the pandemic on Key Workers in October 2020 and reported that 49% feel stressed, 47% feel anxious and 37% are having sleeping problems. Front line workers such as those in retail, care homes, schools and public transport have been dramatically affected by COVID-19 and have experienced high levels of stress, anxiety and possible trauma. In response, Dorset Mind has developed a Key Worker Mental Health Support Programme. The generous award will help us to provide mental health training and counselling to support approximately 100 key workers over the next twelve months. The project will help people who have worked in challenging situations to support everyone else. We will provide training webinars covering topics such as ‘Managing Stress, Anxiety and Burnout’ and’ Grief, Loss and Big Change.’ For any delegates who attend the sessions but require an individual intervention to support them with specific mental health concerns we will provide 6 to 8 one-to-one counselling sessions. With the support of the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good awards, we hope to improve the mental wellbeing and lives of the people within our communities who have worked continuously to serve us.

This generous grant will enable Dorset Mind to help key workers that have unwaveringly supported our communities by showing up consistently in their frontline roles during the pandemic. The funding enables us to provide a care package of essential support, training and 1-2-1 counselling, to help them recover from the trauma they have encountered being under extreme pressure over long periods of time.

Marianne Storey, CEO, Dorset Mind

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