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Therapy and Crisis Help
- Contact NHS First Response Service if you are experiencing mental health distress or worried about someone else's emotional state - support is available 24 hours a day. You can call 0808 196 8708
- Talkworks provides mental health support that you don't need a referral for - you can just pick up the phone and call them on 0300 555 3344.
- Qwell is a new free and confidential digital mental health and wellbeing service for adults is now available across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. It offers a safe online space for adults to access help and support, including self-help articles, forums, and discussion boards that are moderated by qualified practitioners.
- For young people aged 11 to 18, Kooth.com is a free and confidential digital service similar to Qwell. It's available across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
- You can get in touch with The Samaritans about anything that's troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. The Samaritans are here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind. Call them on 116 123.
- The Devon Mental Health Alliance is a partnership between six organisations dedicated to providing support for people experiencing challenges with their mental health. They have a cost of living signposting and support service providing free advice and guidance to anyone facing challenges around cost of living pressures. The service has a focus on connecting people with organisations in their community which are best placed to provide ongoing help. Call them on 020 3467 7509.
- Be Body Positive is a tool where young people can reflect on their eating behaviours and learn how to feel at ease in their bodies. Parents, carers and professionals can also learn how best to support the young people in their lives, and have access to a wealth of NHS-backed resources on topics covering normal eating, body image, fussy eating, ARFID (Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and disordered eating.
Support Groups and Activities
- Kingsbridge and District Men's Shed is similar to a garden shed - a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men's Sheds are the opposite. They're about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.
- Take our Hand is a national charity supporting young people who are dealing with bereavement. They offer care packages, therapies and peer support for people aged 16 to 25.
- Safe Harbour Compassionate Café is a friendly welcoming place to have a cup of tea or coffee with a compassionate friend, who can provide company and a friendly ear. They meet every second and fourth Sunday of the month, starting in September 2022. 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at Harbour House Café, Kingsbridge. Email Linda Christian or call 07517 019131
- Dough Bros is a weekly group for men in Totnes to talk about wellbeing, learn new skills and share food. Make amazing pizza by chopping wood, starting a fire and chat to others. Possibly the only pizza that's actually good for you. Every Tuesday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Mansion, Totnes. Email Dough Bros.
- The HOPE (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively) Programme is a free course supporting people dealing with long-term conditions to build confidence and resilience. HOPE aims to boost your self-confidence and to help you cope better emotionally, psychologically, and practically. There are multiple ways to access the course including through face to face, virtual, and self-guided digital sessions.