The NHS offer a wide range of services for people experiencing struggles with their mental health and wellbeing.
It's not always easy to start a conversation about your personal feelings with your GP – someone you may hardly know. And it can be especially hard when you’re not feeling well. But it's usually the first step towards working out what kind of treatment and support might help you.
Talkworks (Depression and Anxiety Service)
TALKWORKS is a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service for adults, offering effective treatments and therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT ).
We can help you if you are feeling low in mood, stressed or depressed as well helping you if you live with panic attacks, social anxiety/shyness, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and health anxiety.
You can refer yourself online or over the phone:
📞 0300 555 3344
Community Mental Health Team
We support mental health recovery for people aged 18 to 65. People are referred to us by their GP and will be offered an initial assessment in one of our new, modern Health and Wellbeing Clinics. Ongoing care and support is provided by our community mental health teams. If someone requires admission they will be supported by our staff in hospital and by our crisis resolution home treatment teams.
*Please note, referrals to this team are made via the GP and you are not able to contact them directly until the referral has been made*
The Trust has developed a programme to help local people struggling with long-term health conditions; build confidence and learn how to manage their condition(s), including mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression, better. The HOPE Programme (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively), and is based on a course developed by the University of Coventry to help people cope better with long-term medical conditions.
The programme helps you to focus on you as a person, not as a long-term condition. It helps you to discover new strengths and rediscover old ones to keep yourself well. It also aims to boost your self-confidence and resilience, to help you cope better emotionally, psychologically and practically with your condition. This is not therapy but more therapeutic!
📞 01803 210493
Devon Recovery Learning College
The Devon Recovery Learning Community offers opportunities to learn about mental health and recovery by providing a unique curriculum designed to increase your knowledge, understanding and skills to equip you with the tools to live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life.
Our aim is to promote hope, opportunity and choice. We want to help you take control and become an expert in your own wellbeing and recovery in order that you can get on with your life despite any mental health challenges you might face.
Courses are held in different locations across Devon
📞 01392 677067
Are you feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed, or that things are too much for you?
Don’t know where to turn to get mental health support?
Are your usual sources of support closed for the night?
The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area, from three locations in Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torquay:
📅 Every Tuesday
⌚️ Open 6pm-midnight every day (including weekends and bank holidays).
🏠 Croft Hall Medical Practice, 19 Croft Rd, Torquay TQ2 5UA
📞 07483 991 848
Children and Family Health
The Single Point of Access (SPA) aims to ensure a consistent and efficient response to referrals to the Children and Family Health Devon. The SPA co-ordinates incoming referrals and seeks to ensure that they follow the appropriate pathway for the child's needs.
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.
📞 01392 388215
Veterans Mental Health Service
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.
📞 01392 207799
The Healthy Lifestyles team offer a wide range of healthy lifestyle information, advice and support. We can help you to quit smoking, get more active, eat more healthily, lose weight and improve wellbeing.
📞 0300 456 1006
📧 Online contact form available at www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/healthy-lifestyles/contact/