WE UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU’RE EXPERIENCING PARTICULAR CHALLENGES, YOU MAY WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE BUT MIGHT NOT BE READY TO MEET WITH ONE OF OUR TEAM.

There are lots of organisations and charities available that can offer you a range of options to make sure that you can still find the help you want:

Out of hours immediate support:

If you’re feeling very distressed or having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, you can access help and support here.

If you’re worried about a friend, you can find guidance here.

There’s also a 24-hour free text messenger service offered by the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust.

The Counselling Directory

The Counselling Directory is a great resource to find counsellors near you. 

Don’t forget that that counselling at AUB is free for students – you may have to pay privately to see a registered therapist on this list.

students against depression

The Students Against Depression is a website by students, for students. They offer guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.

The Samaritans

To speak to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week on 08457 909090 or 116 123 (free from mobiles and landlines)

You can also email jo@samaritans.org.

Relate (the relationship people)

Relate are the UK’s largest provider of relationship support find out more, or call them 01202 311231.

Cruse (bereavement and loss)

Cruse can offer support, advice and information on coping with a bereavement. Get in touch on 01202 302000.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous can be contacted on their free helpline 0800 9177 650 or you can live chat with a volunteer through their chatbox.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous can help support you with local or online meetings. Their support line is open 10:00-22:00 on  0300 999 1212.

British pregnancy advisory service

The local branch is Dean Park Clinic, 23-25 Ophir Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8LS. They’re open Tuesday (08:00-18:00), Wednesday (08:00-20:00) and Thursday (08:00-18:00). Call them on 03457 304030.

The shores

The Shores is the dedicated Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Dorset, providing a comprehensive service to men, women and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Stars

Stars (formerly Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre) is a voluntary organisation run for men, women, young people over 16 who have been raped or sexually abused. They offer support through the criminal justice process and also provide counselling support.

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association

Somerset and Wessex eating disorders association have useful message boards and helplines. Find out more on their website or call them on 01458 448600.

Number 18 Poole

A young people’s drop-in centre based in Poole town centre for advice on housing, health, money most specific issues affecting people aged 11-25.

Number 18 (previously The Quay Advice Centre) can be contacted on 01202 262291.

Over the Rainbow Bournemouth

(Drop-in centre for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community)

Now based at The Shores with a clinic open on Wednesdays 12:00-19:00. To book appointments call 07788415522.

To contact Dorset Sexual Health call 0300 303 1948.

The Retreat (DORSET Mental Health Forum)

The Retreat is a safe and welcoming environment for anyone over 18 years of age, based in Dorset and who have self-identified their crisis and want to access support.

You can find them at Hahnemann House, Hahnemann Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5JW open daily (16:30-00:00).

You can drop in – no appointment needed.