Diary - new mental health drop-in centre officially opened

Just as we all predicted and feared in the Commons on Tuesday, the Turkish military has launched airstrikes in the Kurdish region of Northern Syria. President Erdogan has said that Operation Peace Spring - the irony of that is not lost on me -  would “prevent a terror corridor being established on our southern border and bring peace and stability to the region”. Mr Erdogan sees the incursion and the establishment of a so-called safe zone as a means to house all of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and claims that he will address the problem of European migration and radicalism. Turkey’s western allies, including the UK, have voiced opposition to the operation. It's unfortunate, but it appears that the US withdrawal has emboldened Turkey. His bombs and bullets are targeting the Kurds, our allies in the fight against ISIL, so I dread to think what they are thinking. Back in Dorset, I visited a new mental health retreat for those over 18 in Dorchester and left feeling inspired. The launch of this new drop-in service coincided with World Mental Health Day. I met the charming manager Jacob Beale, whose quiet confidence is no doubt exactly what clients are looking for. The Mayor of Dorchester was there, along with others from this area of care. A huge and delicious coffee cake was soon being devoured, while Jacob took guests on a tour and showed them a brief film of their work. The Retreat is located at 30 Maiden Castle Road and is easy to find. The centre itself has been specifically decorated and laid out to accommodate those who drop in to seek help for a few hours. I asked about provision for those under 18 and everyone said more was needed and that it was on the way. That's good news. The Retreat actually opened in August this year, but was officially opened today. I learnt a lot and enjoyed my visit.