Mental Health

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.

Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders are all examples of mental health problems. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people.

Here are some local and online Mental Health Resources available to you.

You can subscribe to wellbeing podcasts on the Mental Health Foundation Website.

The website of the Mental Health Foundation outlines the charity’s work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The site offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key issues.

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Covid -19

During the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS is here to support your mental health, as well as your physical health.

There are online resources to help you and your loved ones improve your mental wellbeing.

But if you face mental health issues, please remember: the NHS is here for you. You can talk to your GP about mental health and continue to access mental health services as usual. The NHS is open to new referrals, via your GP or online.

If you or someone you know requires urgent mental health care, you can access support online and via your local NHS mental health helpline.

Access and support from Mental Health Teams:

Mental health teams have had to make some temporary changes to the way they work, particularly in minimising face-to-face contact, but teams are continuing to support people of all ages in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay with mental health and learning disability needs. Here are the contact details available for the current Mental Health Services local to Plymouth:

24/7 crisis contact First Response 01752 434922 (for adults over 18)
General enquiries Call 01752 268011
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) Call 01752 435122 for Plymouth
Self-referrals Plymouth Options www.livewellsouthwest.co.uk/plymouth-options plymouthoptions@nhs.net 01752 435419
Clozapine Helpline Contact 01752 439006 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Children and Young Peoples Mental Health – covid-19 children and young peoples mental health

Looking after your health during Covid-19: A Guide for people living with severe mental illness:

This is a short guide for people with severe mental illnesses on practical ways to protect and support physical health during this uncertain and unsettling time. We have worked with experts by experience and clinical professionals to create this resource, and we hope it will be helpful Equally Well Covid19 Resource

Urgent mental health helpline for adults in Plymouth

Mental Health – Healthtalkonline Healthtalkonline, lets you share experiences of health and illness.

Alzheimer’s Disease An information sheet helping to understand more about Alzheimer’s Disease

Depression An information sheet helping to understand more about the causes, treatment and understanding of Depression

Alzheimer’s Society Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mental Health Foundation Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live

Mental health Apps available to download

Understanding Sleep Hygiene using Psychological Methods