Information to help you if you are:
- living with a mental health problem
- concerned about the mental health of someone you know
- worried that you may be developing mental health issues.
If you are concerned about your own mental health, or are worried about someone close to you, contact your GP, or visit the NHS Choices website for Mental Health for advice and support.
Get help in an emergency
If you have seriously harmed yourself dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E)
If you’re thinking about harming yourself or killing yourself you need to:
- phone 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E)
- talk to your GP
- phone your mental health worker if you have one
- check your crisis plan if you have one
- phone Samaritans free on 116 123.
If you are frightened by the thought that you might harm yourself:
- talk to someone you trust about how you're feeling
- talk to your GP – they can refer you to local services that will help you
- phone Samaritans free on 116 123
- phone Mind infoline free on 0300 123 3393
- if you’re under 35 phone HOPELine on 0800 068 41 41.
Remember, day or night there is ALWAYS someone for you to talk to.
Find out more
There’s a lot of good information available if you are worried about harming yourself or if you feel suicidal.
- What suicidal feelings are, possible causes and ways to cope – MIND guide.
- I want to kill myself; how talking can help – information from The Samaritans
- Self-harm; what it is and where to get help – NHS guide
- Self-harm; dealing with the urge to self-harm – information from The Site
If you are worried about your mental health, it’s important to get help and support as soon as possible.
Book an appointment with your doctor. They can help to diagnose an illness, prescribe medication if suitable and refer you to the right local mental health service.
Devon Depression and Anxiety Service
This NHS service supports people aged 18 and over who need help coping with stress, anxiety and depression. They offer a range of different treatments and therapies. You can be referred through your GP or register yourself online and someone will contact you to arrange an appointment.
You can also do the Mood Quiz to see if you are experiencing depression and anxiety and if you would benefit from the service.
Seeking help for a mental health problem
Mind have a produced a step-by-step guide to getting help, including what may happen and what you can do.
Looking after yourself and staying well
The NHS and Mind have useful information to help you look after yourself and improve and maintain your mental health.
Help for friends and family
It can be hard to know what to do if you are worried about the mental health of somebody you love or if somebody tells you that they are having problems.
If you’re looking after someone with a mental health problem who could not cope without your help you may be a carer and entitled to an assessment and help in your own right. Find out about the help available for carers in Devon.
Read the NHS website to understand the signs that someone may need help.
The Mind website has information to help you understand how to support someone with a mental health problem and how to best help them as they access professional services.
If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one from suicide, bereavement support partnership Support after Suicide has created a booklet called Help is at Hand which can help you to deal with the situation, and can help others supporting you.
Help for young people
If you are under 18 with a mental health problem there are specific services that can help you.
Book an appointment to speak to your GP. They can help to diagnose a mental health problem, prescribe medication if suitable and refer you to local support services.
Your GP may want to refer you to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). If you see a CAMHS professional they will do an assessment to understand your difficulties and work out a plan to help you.
If you need to talk to someone you can make a free and confidential call on 0800 1111 at any time. You can also search the website for information about getting help and support and you can contact Childline by email, on message boards or through live chat.
YoungMinds has information about looking after yourself, getting help and managing a mental health problem.
Young carers have a lot of responsibility at a very young age; dealing with situations that many adults would find a challenge. They have to cope in difficult circumstances, often not only looking after their relative but also helping to bring up siblings and run a household. If you are, or you know, a young person in a caring role and this is affecting your emotional wellbeing and mental health get help from Devon Young Carers. Visit www.devonyoungcarers.org.uk or phone 08456 434 435.
Help with dementia
If you think you, or someone you love, might be developing dementia book an appointment to speak to your GP. They can help to support a diagnosis of dementia and refer you to local support services if appropriate.
For huge amounts of information and advice about dementia, living with dementia, caring for someone else and getting help visit www.alzheimers.org.uk
Other sources of information
For information to help you make an informed choice about treatment and medication visit www.choiceandmedication.org/devon/
Hearing other people’s stories of recovery can give you hope for your own future. To read about other people’s experiences in Devon visit
Part of your recovery may involve learning new skills and techniques. Devon Recovery Learning Community has a range of free courses for adults in Devon with mental health issues. To find our more visit http://devonrlc.co.uk
Recovery Devon can help you find a range of support available across Devon, including useful resources and creative projects. Visit www.recoverydevon.co.uk