Carer Support Dorset and Rethink Mental Illness have united their efforts to launch new virtual drop-in sessions for unpaid carers across Dorset.

Running monthly, these sessions will give carers the opportunity to find out about mental health services that are available to them, register as an unpaid carer and offer peer-to-peer support. This comes at a time when there couldn’t be a greater need for mental health support.

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in increased isolation for many carers and has had a devastating impact on the mental health of individuals and carers. Carers UK’s ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors’ research indicated that 64% of carers said their mental health had worsened over the pandemic.

The first session will be Wednesday 26 May between 10am-11am.

Carer Support Dorset Manager, Anna Elston, comments:

“We are finding an increased number of carers with feelings of isolation, low mood and heightened anxiety as a result of caring for someone during the pandemic, particularly with support groups being closed. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness to offer a worthwhile service for carers and to combine our expertise and resources.

“If you would like to find out more about these sessions, or to register your place, contact Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 or email”