Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing. See below for a variety of resources available from the NHS and leading UK mental health organisations.
In Devon, Mental Health services are provided by the Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT). The RD&E does not provide mental health services.
If you are worried about your mental health, or concerned about someone close to you, it’s important to get help and support as soon as possible. The first step is to contact your GP, who can help with diagnosis, prescribe medication if suitable and/or refer you to the right local mental health service. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please visit DPT's 'I need help now' web pages.
Further information and support - Devon
Devon Partnership Trust
DPT provide extensive resources and useful links for recovery and wellbeing - click here for more information. These include 'Five Ways to Wellbeing', mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and community resources in Devon, to name a few.
The Moorings @ Devon
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. Click here to find out more.
Further information and support - UK
Every Mind Matters
We all experience times when we're struggling or not coping as we might like, or where our circumstances and life events make things extremely difficult and challenging. It's part of life, and sometimes it's OK to not be OK.
Our mental health is not fixed, it's fluid, and just as it can be affected by our life experiences, events and circumstances, there are things we can do to improve it and help others. There are simple things you can do.
Click here to visit the NHS's Every Mind Matters to take a quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips.
If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, or just want to feel happier, visit the NHS Moodzone to get free help and advice.
We have a mood self-assessment quiz and audio guides to boost your mental well-being, plus advice and support on stress busting and feeling positive about yourself. We can also show you where to go for further help.
There's separate information on dealing with a mental health crisis or an emergency.
Mind is a UK mental health charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. There website is full of useful information, advice and tools to support people to improve their mental health and to find appropriate support during a mental health crisis.
Mind have produced a step-by-step guide to getting help, including what may happen and what you can do.