Mental Health Websites

Below is a list of websites that provide information, advice, practical support, or campaign on a range of mental health problems and related social issues.

  • Access Dorset - Access Dorset aims to enhance the everyday lives of disabled people, older people, carers and other people who may benefit from support or information.
  • Autism Wessex - Founded in 1968 by parents of children with autism, Autism Wessex is the regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
  • b-eat (Eating Disorders Association) - A leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Established for 18 years, formerly the 'Eating Disorders Association'.
  • Big White Wall - The Big White Wall has a step by step walkthrough to wellbeing and recovery. This includes mood tests and guides for healthy living. The service is available for free on the NHS depending on your location. If you have to pay - the subscription costs approximately £2 per week or less.
  • Bipolar UK - Bipolar UK (formerly the Manic Depression Fellowship). Useful site with content for both individuals who suffer with the illness and their carers/friends/relatives.
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - Being silent isn't being strong...A webiste aimed at young men with experience of mental health issues. The site contains a wealth of information and excellent articles from a diverse range of people including well known musicans and others.
  • Carers UK - Carers UK is an organisation of carers fighting to have the true value of carers' contribution to society recognised. They actively campaign to ensure that carers get the practical, financial and emotional support they need.
  • Centre for Mental Health - Working to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems by influencing policy and practice in mental health and related services.
  • Choice and Medication - This website provides people with information about medications used in the mental health setting to help people make informed decisions about medication and treatments.
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Self-Help Resources - This website is a directory of CBT services available on the internet as well as other forms of self-help.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care - Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
  • Dental Fear Central (Dental Phobia Support) - Dental Fear Central is a UK-based, non-commercial self-help resource for anyone suffering with dental phobia or specific dental fears. The site features a busy online support forum which offers both peer support and advice from UK dentists, and a facility to search for phobic-friendly dentists.
  • Department of Health - Government website with vast amounts of data regarding health matters, including mental health.
  • Depression Alliance - Works to relieve and to prevent this treatable condition by providing information and support services to those who are affected by it.
  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (DHUFT) - Details of all the community based services provided by DHUFT throughout Dorset.
  • Dorset Adult Aspergers Support (DAAS) - Providing information and support for adults diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in Dorset and their carers.
  • Dorset Advocacy - Advocacy service for people with learning disabilities which also provides an Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service.
  • Dorset Eye - The Dorset Eye website features local news submitted by local people. It highlights local events and resources including those related to health and wellbeing.
  • East Dorset Mental Health Carers Forum - The Forum is a Charitable organisation representing the interests and concerns of carers of people suffering from severe mental illness living in East Dorset.
  • Eating Disorders Association (b-eat) - A leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Established for 18 years, it now operates under the name
    'b-eat'.
  • Enable Support Services Dorset - Self-directed social support service operating throughout Dorset for people with mental health needs. The service provides a flexible, person-centred, personalised support package and can be funded by direct-payments. Either contact your care-coordinator or Enable on 01305 831751 for more information.
  • Family Lives - Family Lives is a national charity website providing help and support in all aspects of family life.
  • Helpguide.org - Helpguide helps you help yourself to better mental and emotional health by providing supportive ad-free tools for making better choices.
  • Help and Care - A registered charity working with older people, carers and communities for 22 years.
  • JoinMQ -A charity established to support research into mental health.
  • Living Life To The Full - This website offers different step by step exercises with video tutorials and free membership.
  • Mental Health Alliance - A unique coalition of 75 organisations from across the mental health spectrum and beyond. Working together to advocate for fair implementation of the Mental Health Act in England and Wales.
  • Mental Health Forum - The Mental Health Forum aims to be the friendliest place on the web to meet and discuss anything related to mental health. Members provide mutual peer support. The forum is based in the UK.
  • Mental Health Foundation - Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live.
  • MIND - Active campaigners for the rights of people affected by mental health problems.
  • Moodscope - Moodscope provides a system for monitoring and recording your daily activities and mood levels. The website offers a free 'Lite' version but requires a subscription for the fully functioning service.
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.
  • NHS Direct (Mental Health Section) - Provides an exhaustive amount of information on an array of mental health conditions.
  • NHS Dorset - Website of the Dorset NHS, provides a wealth of information about service provision, organisational policy and structure, health advice plus much more.
  • OCD-UK - OCD-UK is a leading national charity, independently working with and for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • OCD Action - The largest and longest serving UK national charity for people affected by OCD spectrum disorders.
  • Patient Opinion - An independent website that offers service users and carers the opportunity to comment on the quality of service provision. All feedback is sent to the NHS in an effort to improve sevices.
  • Raisin, North Dorset - The website is a community resource offering information on mental health issues, events and activities in the North Dorset areas of Blandford, Shaftesbury, Sherborne and surrounding villages.
  • Rethink - Formerly the National Schizophrenic Fellowship, offers information, advice and support for people affected by mental health problems.
  • Recovery Innovations - Their mission is to create opportunities and environments that empower people to recover, to succeed in accomplishing their goals, and to reconnect to themselves, others, and give meaning and purpose in their lives.
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists - Visit to read about current thinking in the treatment and best practice of mental illness.
  • Samaritans - The Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day (UK, 08457 90 90 90 - ROI, 1850 60 90 90) for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
  • SANE - SANE was established in 1986 to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness. SANE also carries out research into severe mental illness as well as providing support and information through SANEline (0845 767 8000) and SANEmail.
  • Social Perspectives Network - The Social Perspectives Network is a unique coalition of service users/survivors, carers, policy makers, academics, students, and practitioners interested in how social factors both contribute to people becoming distressed, and play a crucial part in promoting people's recovery.
  • Swanage Depression Support meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 7pm to 9pm at the Lower Hall, Salvation Army, Kings Road East, Swanage, BH19 1ES. If there is a 5th Wednesday of the month then the group meet for a social evening at different venues around Swanage.The group is linked to the national charity, Depression Alliance. For more information contact Nick on 07766352062 or nickviney@hotmail.com.
  • Time To Change - A national campaign aimed at ending mental health discrimination.
  • Chapel in the Garden, Bridport - A varied and interesting range of activities for everyone based at Bridport's Unitarian hub
  • TOP UK (Triumph Over Phobia) - A UK registered charity which aims to help sufferers of phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and other related anxiety┬áto overcome their fears and become ex-sufferers.
  • Voice Collective - Offers information, advice and peer support for young people (aged 12-18) who hear, see or sense things that others do not.
  • WAND Mental Health - The website of the WAND Mental Health Helpline, based in Barnstaple. It has been helping people in Devon with mental health issues, their carers, family & friends since 1999.
  • Wellbeing Weymouth & Portland - The website of the Weymouth & Portland Community Resource Team, giving information on the services that they provide.
  • Where's Your Head At? - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - CAMHS - An excellent resource for young children, teenagers, parents, carers and mental health professionals.
  • YoungMinds - A national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people under 25.