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Mental Health Support

Mental Health Information

This mental health guide provides an understanding into the different mental health illnesses which affect people in different ways. It includes the factors which affect someone's mental health, the signs of poor mental health, the physical affects stress may have on the body and the different ways to manage your mental health.


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When life is tough, Samaritans are there to listen.

Samaritans volunteers are trained to listen and give emotional support when someone is going through a difficult time. They don’t give advice or tell you what to do. They’ll listen without judgement so you can talk through whatever’s on your mind.


Do It For Deaks

We aim to prevent suicide in our community by supporting those struggling with their mental health and signposting to appropriate services. If you, or someone you know needs a helping hand, please

get in touch. This project is in memory of Kyle Deakin.

Devon Mind

Devon Mind provides advice, information, and support to empower anyone over 18 living in Plymouth or Devon who may be experiencing a mental health problem. We have been campaigning to improve support services, raise awareness, and promote the understanding of mental health in Devon since 1984. Our support services include courses and workshops, peer support groups, 1:1 counselling, emotional support, and training for local businesses and community groups.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives. Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing. Parents, carers, and young people can receive direct support through the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Horsemanship For Health

Horsemanship for Health is a Community Interest Company (CIC) who offer support for people to help them with their mental health and improve their well-being. They offer small group sessions on a quiet farm just outside of Newton Abbot and all individual bookings are made through Devon Recovery Learning Community website. More details about Horsemanship for Health can be found on their website



0300 555 3344

If you are struggling with low mood, anxious thoughts, sleep difficulties or aren’t quite feeling yourself, help is available. TALKWORKS is a free and confidential NHS talking therapy service, here to help adults over the age of 18, living in Devon, improve their mental and physical wellbeing.


Treatment and support include one-to-one sessions with a therapist, group therapy sessions, wellbeing workshops and access to online self-help. You do not need a referral from a GP to access their services, you can refer yourself online or over the phone.

Youth Mental Health Foundation

The YMHF’s online course guides parent to play a key role supporting the recovery of a young person who self-harms. The course recognises the extremely limited support available to families in crisis and leads parents to fill this gap. It is free to access through our website and is recommended by several NHS Recovery Colleges (including Devon Partnership NHS Trust).

Andy’s Man Club

In mid-2016, nine men met in a small room in the typical Yorkshire town of Halifax with a simple aim of talking through their issues and helping each other deal with their mental health. All in attendance were agreed there was a magic in that room that had to be shared. This was the start of a movement that has grown faster than anyone first involved could have ever imagined. Fast forward almost 6 years and ANDYSMANCLUB now has groups at over 100 locations across England, Scotland, and Wales.


ANDYSMANCLUB takes its name from Andrew Roberts, a man who sadly took his own life aged 23 in early 2016. Andy’s family had no inkling that he was suffering or struggling to the extent that he would do this, and as a result looked deeper into male suicide and men’s mental health. They soon discovered that male suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, with Male Mental Health surrounded by well-ingrained cultural stigma in the UK. 


Elaine Roberts and Luke Ambler are Andy’s Mum and Brother-in-Law, together they came up with the idea of ANDYSMANCLUB, a group where men aged 18 and above can speak openly about their

mental health in a judgment-free, non-clinical environment. Groups now operate nationwide and are completely volunteer-led, with the vast majority of group facilitators having first interacted with ANDYS-MANCLUB when they came through the door as a service user. With their service used on a weekly basis by over 1,700 men, and an army of over 500 volunteers on board, the movement is continuing to grow on a week-by-week basis.

Early Help

Early Help is the extra support your family can get if you need it. It may be that you want to prevent a problem or change things for your family before the problem becomes more serious. It is not a specific service or team, it’s an approach that brings together people from a range of services and teams who will work together with your whole family to help improve the situation for everyone. It can offer support to families from pre-birth to adolescents with all sorts of issues from parenting,

employment and school attendance to emotional wellbeing or anti-social behaviour. Aiming to make sure that children and families get the right support, in the right place at the right time. Contact the number provided for further assistance.

Specialist Team for Early Psychosis (STEP)

Our Specialist Team for Early Psychosis (STEP) helps people between the ages of 14-35 who are experiencing possible symptoms of psychosis. It is important to get help early and there are treatments and support that can be offered to help you recover. You do not need to ask your GP to

refer you to our team, speak to us direct.

Dartmoor Centre

At the Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy we believe that counselling and psychotherapy should be available to all adults no matter what their circumstances. The counsellors are at various stages in their careers; they are all supported by the centre and have supervision as required by the BACP ethical framework. We provide fully supported placement counsellors and experienced qualified counsellors; a placement counsellor is working with clients towards achieving the hours of practice necessary for their professional qualification.

Mental Health Matters (MHM)

Mental Health Matters provides emotional support, advice, and guidance to people through their mental health helpline, 24 hours a day. 365 days a week providing there are registered with a GP practice. They can help if you are feeling low, anxious, or stressed, sometimes talking can help. They can provide comfort for people in emotional distress. If someone is caring for another person and finding it hard to cope. Furthermore, they can be there if you need advice and support for issues affecting your mental wellbeing or just for a chat if you feel self-isolated and need someone to talk to.

The Moorings offer mental health support to anyone aged 18+ in a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment. Our experienced staff team is available to provide

emotional, social, and practical support if you are in crisis or feel you are heading toward a crisis situation. We offer support in person, over the phone, or via video call. You can come just for a chat, or to access one-to-one support from trained professionals. We also offer help in creating staying well and crisis plans, and support visitors to access other organisations that may be useful to them.


People using The Mooring will also be supported by our 24/7 helpline, which offers access to emotional support and information when the service is closed. There’s no need to be referred and no need for an appointment. 

PAPYRUS (prevention of young suicide)

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people. PAPYRUS exists to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives, by shattering the stigma surrounding suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to emotional distress.

We do this in three ways:

  • supporting those who are experiencing thoughts of suicide,

  • equipping communities through suicide prevention training and awareness raising,

  • influencing government policy on a local and national scale.


At HOPELINEUK– PAPYRUS’s dedicated suicide prevention helpline – our trained advisers work on a safety plan with young people aged 35 and under who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, to help keep

them safe for now.


HOPELINEUK is a free and confidential support and advice service for:


  • Children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide;

  • anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide;

  • a professional who wants to debrief after an encounter with suicide.


HOPELINEUK advisers work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.

Veterans Mental Health Service

01392 207799

Our veterans service supports veterans who are concerned about their mental health. The service provides a first point of contact for people aged 18 and over and is available to anyone who has completed one day’s service or more with the British Armed Forces. We also see anyone in the Merchant Navy working in support of military operations.

Stay Alive

The Stay Alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. In addition to crisis support, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a LifeBox where you can store photos that are important to you. 



SHOUT to 85258

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service for

anyone who is struggling to cope. You can text us from wherever you are in the UK. Our trained Shout Volunteers are here for you, day or night. If your life is at imminent risk, please call 999 for immediate help.


The Silver Line Helpline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is open to anyone who is 55 and older who can speak to our specially trained Helpline team, on 0800 470 8090, who can:

  • Offer immediate friendship and comfort to lonely and isolated older callers

  • Help with information on all issues faced by older people

  • Refer older callers to other sources of support, such as regular weekly calls with a trained volunteer

  • Signpost callers to appropriate support services they may find helpful, in their area

  • Support older callers who may be suffering from abuse or neglect


The Silver Line’s Telephone Friendship Service has merged with Age UK’s Call in Time Service to form one new, combined Telephone Friendship Service. This new service sits with and is managed by Age

UK. This free telephone friendship service matches people aged 60 and over with a friendly volunteer, for regular weekly chats.


You can find out more about this service at


The Silver Connects service is a telephone-based signposting and advocacy service, supporting older people aged 55 years and older. Connects supports people to act on advice they have been given,

and to find out about and access the services and support they require, within their local community – Connects can be particularly helpful if there is no local Age UK service in the area.


NHS First Response Service

0808 196 8708

The First Response Service (FRS) puts you and your mental health first, providing a service seven days a week, 365 days a year. The service is an urgent mental health service for people with mental health and learning disability needs. Callers either experiencing a mental health crisis or have concerns about someone’s mental wellbeing can now access mental health care, advice, and guidance 24/7.

Marriage Care

Marriage Care is a national charity providing professional and confidential relationship counselling for individuals or couples.


Our sessions are offered on a voluntary contribution basis

Sessions are available weekdays between 9am and 9pm, delivered online via webcam.


Our website includes more information about our services, useful links, and how to register for counselling.



Kooth is a Free, Anonymous and Safe Online Mental Wellbeing Community for young people aged 11-18.

We provide a range of services to support young people’s wellbeing. Our trained and qualified counsellors are available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year. We also host pre-moderated, age-appropriate peer to peer discussion boards, live forums, and articles all of which hold young

person friendly information as well as therapeutic content.


Qwell is a free, safe, and anonymous mental health and wellbeing online service. No referrals are required and there are no thresholds required to access the service. Qwell offers free,​ confidential, and safe wellbeing and mental health support for adults in the UK. There is a messaging service where people can speak to BACP, UKCP or NCS registered or accredited counsellors, and peer to peer support forums where people can discuss issues which they are facing in a safe and moderated space.

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