Adult Mental Health

Immediate action required: In crisis now or heading towards crisis

For urgent medical care, please attend your nearest A&E or dial 999

First Response Service

If you are experiencing mental health distress or are worried about someone else’s emotional state, you can access mental health care, advice and guidance 24/7 from Devon Partnership Trust First Response Service

You can call them 7 days a week, 365 days a year on 0808 196 8708


Samaritans is a charity group dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. They have trained active listeners and anyone can contact Samaritans, no matter how old you are.

  • You can call them at any time day or night for FREE on 116123 to talk to someone straight away
  • You can email them at but response time can be a few days
  • You can use their Self-Help App
  • You can use their self-help portal

Mental Health Matters (MHM) via The Moorings @ Devon

The Moorings offer mental health support in a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment.  Available to provide emotional, social and practical support if you are in crisis or feel you are heading toward a crisis situation.  

Offer support in person, over the phone, or via video call. They 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 even when The Mooring is closed. There’s no need to be referred and no need for an appointment.


The Moorings @ Devon offer mental health support from three locations in Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torquay:

The Mooring @ Barnstaple

Call: 07850 927 064   Email: 

The Mooring @ Exeter

Call: 07990 790 920   Email

The Mooring @ Torquay

Call: 07483 991 848    Email:

Devon Mind

Devon Mind is an independent mental health charity affiliated with the national Mind association. They provide advice, information and support to empower anyone in Devon who may be experiencing a mental health problem.

  • You can fill in a registration form with them and after a short triage phone call be told about the most useful services and support open to you. This may be one of Devon Mind’s own services, or they might ‘signpost’ you to another organisation or link you directly with one of their trusted partners.
  • They offer counselling which is a form of talking therapy. Their talking therapy sessions are not provided on the NHS and so they charge a fee per session. You can self refer for NHS funding talking therapy via Talkworks (see below).
  • They do courses and workshops a lot of which are online

They offer the following face to face support groups:

  • Anxiety and Depression Support Group
  • Bipolar Support group
  • Hearing voices support group
  • OCD support group
  • Men’s Support group
  • Women’s support group


Formerly known as the Depression and Anxiety Service (D&AS), Talkworks is the dedicated NHS mental health support provider. You can self-refer to the service, and they may then refer you to specialist support services if needed.


Shout is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service

Anyone of any age, who is a resident in the UK, can text the service on 85258 for support.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

CALM is a charity helpline and webchat open 365 days a year, offering practical suggestions for all of life’s problems - whether that’s anxiety, relationship concerns, health worries, money worries or suicidal thoughts.

Time to Talk

A free, confidential telephone service run by the charity Living Options Devon, this project aims to reduce isolation and loneliness among those living in Devon who are deaf or have a disability. There are several contact options on offer, including a webcam service for BSL users and an email address for those who prefer not to use the telephone.


This national charity is dedicated to mental health support and advice. They offer a range of free remote services countrywide.

Q Well

Free digital mental wellbeing support for adults across the UK

NHS Devon Partnership Trust

DPT provide a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and/or learning disability needs - in Devon, the wider South West region and nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people’s recovery.

They also offer free Self Help Booklets on their website

Women’s Wellbeing Club Paignton

The meetings are safe, confidential spaces for any Woman to attend. They provide peer-led support in a group setting where you can receive and give support. During the meetings, everyone has the opportunity to be heard and listened to if they have something they wish to share in response to the questions asked that week. There is never any pressure to open up and no appointments required, just pop along either in-person or online.

They offer sessions that are based on activities or sessions based on grabbing a meal out together.


They are a local Homelessness charity who have a wealth of things to do. They offer a variety of wellbeing and personal developmental course.

MINDLINE Torquay and South Devon

Mindline is an out of hours helpline in South Devon and Torbay that is a confidential listening service providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. When their lines are busy, or closed, their switchboard can connect you to their sister service, the Samaritans.

0300 330 5464

Recovery Devon

Recovery Devon is a community interest company and recovery college supported by the NHS Devon Partnership Trust, to promote mental health and wellbeing. Their courses are for adults who wish to learn to live well.

They offer a range of courses from online, face to face, creative, active, knowledge and courses to help you relax

The Mix

The UK’s leading support service for young people age 25 or under. They help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs, from eating disorders to crime/safety. Talk to them via their online community, on social media, through their free, confidential helpline 0808 808 4994 or their counselling service.

Devon Memory Cafe Consortium (DMCC)

Their mission is to support people living with dementia and their carers through the memory cafe movement. That means enabling memory cafes to provide access to peer support, information and advice, and meaningful activities to help with mental health.

The closest cafés are:

  • Ivybridge Memory Cafe. Watermark, Erie Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0SZ

Altenate Wednesdays


  • The Totnes Boating Association Club House, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes, TQ9 5AL

Every Thursday

Email: or

  • St Andrews Church Hall, Ashburton, TQ13 7DT

First Tuesday of each month


Andy's Man Club

They are  a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online. They want to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation. Meetings across the country are usually in a café, pub or other non-NHS locations.

They meet locally at:

  • Eat That Frog, 89 Torquay Rd, Paignton TQ3 2SE

  • Newton Abbot RFC, Rydon Industrial Estate, Newton Rd, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3SJ

Bro Project

A community of men who are passionate about changing the way we battle mental health Their sessions focus on providing fun active and creative opportunities. These session not only give men a moment of freedom but they also provide an opportunity to reach out and gain the necessary support they need in a relaxed and open environment.

The Silver Line

Run by Age UK, the Silver Line offers friendship, conversation, and support to older people aged 55 and over. They are a free 24/7 helpline, available on 0800 470 8090

South Brent and District Caring

South Brent and District Caring is a local charity group in South Brent. They are not affiliated with the NHS and rely on local volunteers.

They organise a bereavement group, social group and help in the community.

Call them on 01364 700282

Men's Shed

The local Men’s shed is in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3HN, called the KingsCare Community Shed. It is aimed at those struggling with mental health issues in the community, giving them a place to be connected and a place to "do stuff".

Simply Counselling

Sessions start at £35 per 50minutes but they offer a reduced rate for low income households, and those seeking help for domestic/sexual abuse or adverse childhood experiences may be eligible for free counselling.

The Filo Project

The Filo Project is an award winning Community Interest Company providing high quality day care for small groups of older people in Devon, Somerset and East Lancashire. Their service supports individuals who are socially isolated, many experiencing symptoms associated with moderate dementia, including memory loss. Each day is provided by a host, and is situated in the intimate setting of the host’s own home.

Bereavement Counselling Services

Aa specialist service for those people who have suffered a traumatic loss and/or are showing signs of complex grief. 

The Bereavement Counselling Service works with clients suffering chronic, inhibited or complicated grief or unexpected loss syndrome, prolonged grief and associated problems. The service does not normally accept clients who are expected to follow a ‘normal’ if distressing bereavement journey. These clients would be referred on to Cruse Bereavement (see below).

A referral is required by your GP or a healthcare professional.

Cruse Bereavement Support Service

They offer support through their website, national helpline, group, zoom, telephone or one-to-one in person support.

You can call their helpline for free on 0808 808 1677

EDP - Newton Abbot Drug & Alcohol Services (Together)

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services offers friendly, free, confidential drug and alcohol support in Devon and Dorset which you can self-refer to.

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness is a charity which provides daily actions you can take to improve your happiness and wellbeing. They also organise online groups, run courses, and host live talks with leading thinkers on happiness, wellbeing and mental health.