Dorset Mind, a mental health charity, has announced that they will be adding a Women in Mind group to their Wimborne branch.
Women from the local area will be able to meet up once a week to discuss a wide variety of topics and support each other through challenging times.
Jane* has used Mind services before and thinks that a women’s group could really benefit her.
“The help I received from Mind was great and helped me battle my depression when I was new to the area, but I think that a women’s group is a great idea. It would have helped me meet more people in the area and talk about issues and worries and deal with them before it gets to the point where you need more one to one support or have more serious issues like depression set in.”
Bournemouth has the highest rate of mental illness in Dorset and Somerset, with Boscombe and West Howe being the worst affected areas. Research suggests that alcohol and drug abuse, which is a huge problem in Bournemouth, can also lead to mental health issues and some research suggests that Bournemouth’s mental health issues are largely due to loneliness, something that this women’s group could help with.
Carmel Davis-McCluskie from Dorset Mind said “The idea is to empower women, to come together, to support each other in difficult times and in good times and to make friends. We’re open to any women, any age even though we’re under the umbrella of having mental health problems … it’s also a safe place to talk about sexual issues as well or parenting skills. With the women’s group, we have different topics each week and the women in the group, they’ll choose the topic they want to speak about. Sometimes we have open discussions so it’ll just be here and now and whatever comes up.”
The group will begin on 18th February and will continue every Thursday afternoon between 12:30 and 2:30 and is set to help women of all ages and walks of life come together to talk about mental health issues and the everyday stresses and strains of normal life.
You can also see our infographic about women’s mental health here and hear more about the group from Carmel by listening to our audio here. For more help with mental health issues please contact Dorset Mind.
*At the request of anonymity we have changed our interviewees name to Jane.