The mental health charity Dorset Mind is £4,000 better off thanks to Christchurch Rotary.
The club recently presented a cheque to counsellor Beth Eames from the charity at the ARC Community Centre in Somerford, where the charity works.
The money will go towards funding counselling for children and young people aged between 11 to 25-years-old with mental health challenges.
The ARC Centre is run for the benefit of residents in the Grange Ward and facilitates the sessions run by Dorset Mind as part of their ‘Dorset Mind Your Head’ programme of support for young people.
The service provides children and young people with timely access to effective mental health support when they need it.
We’re grateful to Christchurch Rotary for giving us this opportunity to provide counselling to help young people fulfil their potential to live life mentally healthy.”
The charity’s aim is to help the young people of Dorset to be as mentally healthy as possible, educating them about issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders and self-harming behaviours.
The programme offers not only education but also counselling for up to six weeks, befriending, drop-in support groups, well-being mentoring and ambassadorships.
The service is available to anyone within the following Dorset postcode areas – BH23, BH24 and BH25 – and is for young people in schools, colleges and youth clubs.
The Dorset Mind Your Head Counselling Service was launched in January this year and has so far worked with seven clients and had 22 referrals.
Anna Powney, Dorset Mind’s Young People’s Project Manager commented: “We’re so excited at the prospect of reaching young people in Christchurch that are really in need of one-to-one talking therapies.
“We’re grateful to Christchurch Rotary for giving us this opportunity to provide counselling to help young people fulfil their potential to live life mentally healthy.”
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