Mental Health, and Addictions Support Groups

EDAS – Essential Drugs and Alcohol Service, 56 Ashley Road, Poole, BH14 9BN, Tel: 01202 733322, - Practical recovery based support for people affected by substance abuse. Support, information and advice for families, carers, and concerned others.


FRANK – Talk to FRANK – if you are a concerned friend or relative of someone who is experiencing problems with drugs or substance abuse you can seek information, help and advice by contacting FRANK (friendly, confidential drugs advice) on 0300 123 6600 or visit


Mental Health Support Group, The Carers Centre, St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, BH4 8ER, Tel: 01202 584440.Support group meetings once a month on a Monday afternoon. For further details contact 01202 584440.


OCD Dorset (Poole) – OCD, BDD & Hoarding Support Group - Peer led OCD group for people affected by OCD, BDD, or Hoarding Issues. Group is also open to family members and carers (minimum age 18). Meetings are on the first Friday of the month between 7pm – 9pm and are very friendly and relaxed. For further details contact Stephen on 07833 692307 or Chris on 07512 190058. National website for OCD Action is where there is further advice and information resources, Helpline number is 0845 390 6232.


Picking up the Pieces – for carers of people affected by drugs and alcohol, ‘R-Hub’, Unit 1 Station Approach, Boscombe, BH1 4NB - Meets every alternate Monday, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. For further information contact 07552 913825.


REACH – Drug and Alcohol Services – Reach is a partnership between EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP), Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP) and Essential Drug and Alcohol Services (EDAS) offering advice, information, and   intervention services to drug and alcohol users or anyone concerned about someone’s use (friends, family, carers). Services include whole family support and interventions, and are available across Dorset. There are three contact hub areas, each offering services from further satellite locations. The hub for the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area is:

Reach East – 45 Bargates, Christchurch, BH23 1QD, Tel: 01202 482 908.  Further information is available from .


Richmond Fellowship – East Dorset Community Service, Baileys, 131 Barrack Road, Christchurch, BH23 2AW, Tel: 01202 496267 - Recovery focused activities, training and one-to-one for people with mental health problems. Carers support service offers one to one support, respite opportunities, and a support group. Contact 01202 496267 for further information and support.


Restored – for carers of people with an eating disorder, Life House, 715 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH9 2AU, Tel: 01202 378822 - Meet with Eating Disorders Services every Wednesday between 7.30pm – 8.45pm. For further information call 01202 378822.


SHARP – Action on Addiction, Clouds Building, 1A Station Approach, Off Ashley Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4NB, Tel: 01202 399723, - Support towards and during your recovery process from drug or alcohol addiction. Information, advice, training and support for families, carers, and concerned others. For further information contact 01202 399723.

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