Dorset Open Door

Dorset Open Door supports people who have been bereaved or affected by a death where the cause may be suicide or be particularly traumatic or sudden.

They also offer support to those who are bereaved by COVID-19.

Dorset Open Door

What can they do for you?

Dorset Open Door is a partnership of local and national bereavement charities and health and care organisations working together to ensure you get the support you need. This video introduces some of the organisations working with us and describes how you might access the service.

How do they do it?

Dorset Open Door acknowledges that everyone has a different experience of bereavement. The team will listen to you and, in the context of your personal experience, circumstance, strengths and resources, help you to navigate support and advice that is right for you.

You can contact Dorset Open Door by calling 01305 361 361; emailing,

What benefits could you experience?

In these instances, the grieving process can be even more complicated, distressing, uncertain and confusing, regardless of the time that may have passed. 

The service also provides support for professionals or those seeking advice from others.

Where do they operate?

Across PCN area

How to contact them or get there

You can contact Dorset Open Door by calling 01305 361 361; or emailing

Support Information for carers

Bridgit is an online tool that allows people to explore free wellbeing, employment, finance and care advice and events, local and national support services, and training opportunities. People can also build their own ‘self-care plan’. It’s all available any time of day and without registering first.

Follow this link to access bridgit, Online Support (

People who prefer not to or cannot go online can call Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 to discover the free support and help available.

Additional information

Useful links

Are you looking for urgent support or to talk to someone immediately?

Are you bereaved by suspected suicide?

Are you a young person or working with young people impacted by a suicide or suspected suicide?

Available Apps 

Text support

Chat online

Useful reading for advice and guidance 

Prefer to listen to podcasts or read books? 

Other resources and support