Mental health

If you’re concerned about your mental health, you’re not alone. One in four of us will have mental health difficulties at some point in our lives, and there doesn’t always have to be a trigger for it. Common problems with mental health include stress, anxiety and depression, but can range to more serious mental health problems. Your doctor will be able to discuss your concerns with you and direct you to an appropriate therapy.

If you have any concerns about your mental health please get in touch. If you don’t feel able to, please fill in this online questionnaire and someone will contact you.

Do you need urgent mental health help now?

If you’ve had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, contact someone immediately such as your GP, a friend, a relative or someone else you can trust. If you’ve already taken an overdose or cut yourself badly, dial 999.

Self-help resources

Click here to access the NHS Moodzone which offers practical, useful information, interactive tools, and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.

Depression and anxiety service – TALKWORKS

Talkworks is a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service, part of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), for people (aged 18+) who are seeking help and support about their mental health. The TALKWORKS Exeter team is located at Compass House on Magdalen Road, close to the city centre.

Take the first step and self-refer to TALKWORKS. For your initial session our team are available on the phone or face-to-face in a number of locations in Exeter to help you identify and overcome your difficulties. Find out how the TALKWORKS team can help and support your mental health here.

You can contact them via telephone on 0300 555 3344 or by filling in their self referral online form.

Kooth & Qwell

A new free and confidential mental health and wellbeing service for adults is now available across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

It’s being delivered by mental health provider, Kooth, and it will ensure that every adult in Devon has access to a choice of online support to manage their own emotional health and wellbeing.

It’s called ‘Qwell’, and it offers a safe online space for people to access therapeutic activities and content including a peer support community. It includes self-help articles, forums, and discussion boards that are moderated by qualified practitioners.

It also allows users to keep an online journal and monitor their wellbeing through an interactive goal tracker, accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

And there’s a one-on-one live chat and messaging counselling service with a team of qualified practitioners.

Anyone in Devon over the age of 18 can access Qwell without a referral from a health professional. There’s no criteria to qualify for support.

Kooth already deliver emotional wellbeing and mental health support to children and young adults aged 11 to 18 across Devon.

Both services are confidential and designed to work as part of wider mental health services across Devon.

  • Kooth 11-18
  • Qwell 18+ (no upper limit)

You can visit their website by clicking here.

Op COURAGE: the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families.

How Op COURAGE can help

Op COURAGE can help you and your family with a range of support and treatment, including:

  • helping you transition from military to civilian life by providing mental health care with Defence Medical Services (DMS)
  • helping you recognise and treat early signs of mental health problems, as well as more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma
  • providing support and treatment for substance misuse and addictions
  • helping you to access other NHS mental health services if you need them, such as finding an NHS talking therapies service and eating disorder services
  • liaising with charities and local organisations to support your wider health and wellbeing needs, such as help with housing, relationships, finances and employment
  • supporting armed forces families affected by mental health problems, including helping them to access local services

Who will I speak to?

Op COURAGE is an NHS service supported by trained professionals who are from, or have experience of working with, the Armed Forces community.

This service can help if you’re finding life difficult after leaving the military. Working together with Armed Forces charities, Op COURAGE will help you get the right type of specialist care, support and treatment for your specific needs.

Who Op COURAGE can help

To receive help and support from Op COURAGE, you must:

  • be a resident in England and have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
  • be registered with a GP surgery in England, or be willing and eligible to register with a GP
  • provide your military service number

It does not matter how long ago you left the armed forces or how long you served for. You can contact Op COURAGE even if you left many years ago.

You can also contact Op COURAGE if you’re still serving but have a discharge date.

Contacting Op COURAGE – South West England

Call 0300 034 9986 or email

Additionally, at Mount Pleasant Health Centre, there is a designated clinical lead responsible for overseeing OpCourage.

Page updated: 25th September 2023