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Mental health support

If you’re struggling and need mental health support, there are lots of services and organisations available to help you. 

Remember – you are not alone, there’s always someone to talk to.  

Local support  

Plymouth Options is an NHS talking therapy service for people (aged 16+) in Plymouth. Plymouth Options is part of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, helping you to feel better and giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. You can self-refer online

Livewell Southwest's First Response Service is a 24/7 crisis line providing advice, support and signposting for people experience mental health difficulties. If you feel worried about your mental health or that of a loved one or a friend, you can call the crisis line on 0800 923 9323. 

Andy’s Man Club run free, peer-to-peer support groups for men, aiming to help men through the power of conversation and offer a judgement-free, confidential space for men going through a storm. They meet on Mondays at 7pm (except Bank Holidays) and the Plymouth group meets at City College.  

Devon Mind supports people in Devon experiencing a variety of mental health challenges, helping you to learn skills and strategies to stay well for longer. Their support offer includes groups, courses and counselling.  

If you feel you are approaching a mental health crisis, Head Space offers an out of hours drop in service in Plymouth, which is open seven days a week between 6pm to midnight. They provide a safe, calm and structured environment, where you can access peer support.  

Online support  

QWELL is an online digital mental health support offer for adults (18+). It offers activities, content and a peer support community with self-articles, forums and discussions boards that are monitored by medical experts. You can keep an online journal and monitor your wellbeing via an interactive goal tracker.   

KOOTH is a free, safe and anonymous online wellbeing service for children and young people with an online counselling service, forums and articles.  

Christmas opening hours: On 24, 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January, Kooth and Qwell's live chat will be open from 4pm to 8pm. Other days over the holiday period will follow their usual live chat hours of 12pm to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm on weekends.

Charities 

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling rubbish, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living. The helpline is open from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year on 0800 585858.  

Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. Just text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 to speak to a trained volunteer.  

Samaritans are here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can get in touch about anything that's troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels, with no judgement and no pressure. You can call 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, or use their online self-help app.