The Dorking Mental Health Project
We are a local volunteer group that aims to help people in the Dorking area to support and take control of their community's mental health.
We focus on the funding and provision of:
Subsidised Mental Health First Aid Training
ASIST Suicide Prevention Training
Information about local services that can support those with mental health issues.
Monday Evening Talks Events
Dealing with a Cancer Diagnosis
Monday 26th June at 19:30 at the Quaker Meeting House, Dorking
If you would like to attend a talk on any other subjects or know a speaker who would be a good fit please get in touch and let us know!
Please refer to our Crisis Info page if you are looking for help and advice in these challenging times.
Suicide First Aid Lite 30th September 2023
3.5 Hour Suicide Prevention course
Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, this programme is delivered over 3.5 hours as a suicide prevention awareness session.
The Suicide First Aid Lite course gives learners the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and some basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.
SFA Lite is comprised of 2 parts, each of around 90 minutes duration. The programme teaches the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and to pass the person onto a appropriate help.
Part 1 – 90 minutes
Introduction to the session; programme, ourselves and suicide prevention
Stigma and survivors of bereavement by suicide and the Hidden Toll
Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour
Intention of behaviour versus outcome of behaviour
Possible causes of suicide thoughts
Suicide – the ripple effect
Part 2 – 90 minutes
‘I’m really glad you told me’ Audio visual
Suicide Safety Guidance
Recognising and asking about suicide
Referring a person onto appropriate help
Mental Health First Aid (Adult) 7th & 14th October 2023
2-Day Adult MHFA England course
Our next MHFA Adult course will be taking place in October at the Ashcome School. Please register on Eventbrite for attendance.
Mental Health First Aid is an educational course that teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue. In the same way, as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill-health.
In each section you’ll learn how to:
Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in people
Feel confident helping a person experiencing a problem
Provide help on a first-aid basis
Help protect a person who might be at risk of harm
Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse
Help a person recover faster
Guide a person towards the right support
Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
The sessions will be a mix of presentations group discussions and group work activities. Our MHFA England Trainer will provide a very safe learning environment and is trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then don’t, we won’t ask you to do something you aren’t comfortable with. The course is ideal for parents, teachers, tutors, sports coaches and anyone who comes into contact with young people as part of their work. Young people over 16 are also welcome to understand themselves and their peers.