Discovery Project

What does mental health mean to you?

The Discovery Project is a partnership initiative from Dorset HealthCare and Dorset Mental Health Forum. In The Discovery Project we combine the expertise of NHS Healthcare Professionals, the lived experience of Peer Specialists and the voice of Young People to create spaces to explore and share what mental health, recovery, and wellbeing means by looking at what matters to you.

We’re not a clinical intervention. Our Project works across the whole of Dorset with schools, charities, and a wide variety of organisations to create an offer for Young People (13-25) and their parents/ carers.

What we offer

Discovery Profiles - A chance to discuss what path your discovery journey might take.

A Large Programme of Topics - Learning, Exploring and Understanding Mental Health. From Worksheets to Workshops, and everything in between.

Discovery Podcasts

YP Community -  Have your say, share your thoughts. This is where young people say what matters most to them and what would be useful for the project to do.

The Book Of Oofs - An advice booklet made by young people from the Quay School.

And plenty more...

As a Project we’re always evolving. Doing that means we have Young People’s voices right at the heart of our project.
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Member Feedback

"I have gained more confidence in my decisions. I have massively improved my knowledge on wellbeing and mental health"

- Peer Mentor

"Feeling very positive about the outcomes from today - of huge benefit to everyone in the room"

- Staff Member, Young Person Support

How can I access the Discovery?

To make sure that our resources are still available during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved The Discovery Project online. Check out the links below to videos, podcasts, and our social media to find resources you can look at whenever you want.

If you're looking for something a little more interactive we offer digital workshops in a variety of topics. Get in touch to find out more about:

- Self-Care

- Understanding emotions

- Coping Skills

- Parents supporting Young People

- and many more

Contact Us

If you have any questions or want to find out more send us an email.

Discovery Worksheets

Listen to our podcasts to find out how best to use the worksheets:

Self-Care Worksheet

Boring Self-Care

BACE Diary

The Discovery Project spent a term working with students from The Quay School in Poole. An NHS Nurse, a Peer Specialist with lived experience of mental health, and a group of students worked together to discuss some of the ways that mental health can be affected by life and understand why this happens and how to develop skills to help manage this.

The students then developed a handbook to give to adults to help them understand how Young People feel and how they can best be supported.

Book of Oofs

How did we get here?

The Project has three key areas of focus:

Discovery Schools

The Discovery Project works with Schools in Dorset to co-produce bespoke mental health and wellbeing support and education to support students, teachers, support staff, and parents/carers.

Discovery College

Our College offers workshops across Dorset that provide opportunities to develop understanding around personal mental health and wellbeing and supporting others with their mental health and wellbeing.

Discovery Activities

We work with Activity Providers and Third Sector Organisations based in Dorset who offer activities to young people. We help them to promote wellbeing and offer support to those experiencing mental health challenges.

These areas of focus will be supported by an online offer, and face-to-face navigation and sign-posting.

Wellbeing and Recovery Partnership (WaRP)

Dorset HealthCare and the Dorset Mental Health Forum have formed the Wellbeing and Recovery Partnership (WaRP). The aim of the WaRP is to change the culture of mental health services and people’s attitudes to mental health and wellbeing in Dorset. Close collaboration between people with lived experience, their supporters and mental health professionals is at the heart of this partnership

More information about the work of WaRP and the progress being made is available through the Dorset Mental Health Forum.

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