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Mental Health Support

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health call the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 24/7 NHS mental health response line on 0800 038 5300. It's free to access by anyone, any age, any time, day or night.

Below you will find some useful links to mental health guidance.

County-wide Support

NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly offer a range of services and support

Healthy Cornwall home based exercise videos playlist on YouTube.

Silvercloud –  is a free, online, confidential space to consider your mental wellbeing.  It has been designed by clinical experts to empower you to think and feel better

There is more information on looking after your mental health on Cornwall Council’s Every Mind Matters and Five Ways to Wellbeing web pages


Nationwide Support

Samaritans (Freephone support) Call: 116 123

SANEline (Support with mental health, every day 4.30-10pm) Call: 0300 304 7000

Papyrus HOPELINE247 (Support for under 35s who are experiencing thoughts of suicide) Call: 0800 068 4141 or Text: 07860 039 967

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM, support with mental health, every day 5pm-midnight) 0800 585858

Switchboard(Support for people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, every day 10am-10pm) Call: 0800 0119 100

Mind has more information on how to keep mentally well.  They have also created wellness action plans for employees and their line managers to co-create.

MIND Infoline(Further information and signposting, 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday – except for bank holidays) Call: 0300 123 3393

Mental Health Foundation – website to support mental health for adults

Mind Your Way – website providing wellbeing support for young people

Young Minds – website to support young people

Anna Freud – website for support for families and children

Public Health guidance on the mental health and wellbeing.

Public Health England’s guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing

Start Now have created a website by young people all about keeping mentally well.

MindEd hub – a free educational resource providing education about children and young people, adults and older people’s mental health for all adults.

Alcohol, drugs and substance misuse

  • Talk to Frank for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol. Find a support centre or call 0300 123 6600
  • We Are With You provide support to adults, children, young adults and older people to make positive behavioural changes in regard to alcohol, drugs, or mental health and wellbeing. Telephone 0333 200 0325 (available 24 hours).


Coping tools



  • Age UK provides support and advice to older people, the Age UK website has a wealth of information as well as a dedicated phone line available 8am to 7pm. Call 0800 678 1602, lines are open 365 days a year.
  • The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They can link callers to local groups and services as well as protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect. Call 0800 470 8090.

Eating habits

  • BEAT UK provides a wealth of resources for self-help, helplines, chatrooms and web chat. Call 0808 801 0677.
  • Cornwall Healthy Weight provides support to eat healthily and exercise tips.
  • Rise Up – Features a mood and food diary for those with eating disorders. Visit the Recovery Warriors website for more information.

Emotional support and someone to talk to

  • Anxiety UK’s helpline provides friendly support and guidance on how to deal with anxiety, discuss techniques for immediate short-term relief of anxiety symptoms through to helping you find the right path of action for more long-term support. Call 0344 477 5774.
  • CALM (Campaign against living miserably) is for men who need support. Call 0800 58 58 58, 5pm to midnight.
  • LGBTQ Switchboard community helpline on 0300 330 0630.
  • Mind Out is a mental health service run by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people. Call them on 01273 234 839.
  • Man Down run peer support groups for men at 24 different locations across Cornwall. There is bound to be a group near you.
  • Men Shed offers fully equipped workshops where skilled and unskilled men can share time with each other and work on community projects. Find a Men Shed near you.
  • SANE line is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance, and information to anyone affected by mental illness every day of the year. Call 0300 304 7000, 4.30pm to 10.30pm, or leave a message on 07984 967 708 giving your first name and a contact number, You can also email the SANE line.
  • The Survivors Trust is a free, national helpline 7 days a week for people aged 16 or older who are survivors of rape or sexual abuse and violence 0808 801 0818


  • Cornwall Council can help with council housing, homelessness, social housing as well as a range of other issues. If you have a question, use the form on the website or call 0300 1234 161.
  • Home Group – Support for housing, benefits, private rented, homelessness prevention and home choice. Also part of the Empowering Independence Outreach project supporting independent living for people with complex needs. Call the Gateway information line on 07710 709 527, Monday to Friday, 9am to midday.
  • Shelter provide support with homelessness ,private renting tenancy deposits, repossession, eviction, repairs, benefits and council housing. Call 0808 800 4444, 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.
  • St Petrocs Nos Da Kernow – Focusing on trying to stop individuals becoming homeless in the first place. Support involves helping people to sustain tenancies or finding solutions to rent arrears issues. No First Night Out and No Second Night Out schemes which provide emergency accommodation for individuals who have just become homeless. Email St Petrocs Nos Da Kernow or call 01209 200 278, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Lost your job or your house

Mental wellbeing online resources

  • Centre for Clinical Interventions provides self-help guides and workbooks based on CBT.
  • Clear Fear is an app that helps you to learn to reduce they physical responses to threat as well as challenging thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.
  • Living life to the full – Free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) course plus a wide range of other free recourses. Register for a free session CBT course.
  • The MIND website has a wealth of online resources, information and training materials to support your mental health.
  • SAM (Self-help Anxiety Management) is an app that can help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour.
  • Woebot uses tools from CBT to think through situations to reduce stress and challenges. This includes depression, anxiety, relationship problems, procrastination, loneliness, grief, pain management and more.

Free and NHS accredited apps

Search your phone’s app store for:

  • Breathe
  • CBTI coach
  • Daylight cognitive therapy
  • Headspace
  • PTSD coach
  • Sleepio
  • Smiling Mind
  • Stop Breathe Think


  • Overcoming depression: A self help guide using CBT by Paul Gilbert

YouTube videos

Search for Breathing and relaxation’, ‘Progressive muscle relaxation’ or ‘Guided meditations for relaxation and improved sleep’.


  • National Autistic Society provides support, information and practical advice for adults, children and families of autistic people.
  • Sunshine Support provide a range of educational resources and events including webinars talking about range of topics related to autism as well as broader topics.


  • Be Different by John Robison
  • Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth by Tony Attwood
  • The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr Attwood
  • Explaining Humans by Camilla Pang
  • Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida
  • The Independent Woman’s Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum by Robyn Steward
  • The Reason Why I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Sisterhood of the Spectrum: An Asperger Chick’s Guide to Life by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
  • The Way I see it by Grandin and The Pattern Seekers by Baron-Cohen
  • Women and Girls with ASD by Hendrick

Instagram channels to follow

  • @Neurodivergentrebel
  • @neurodiversityproject
  • @rosielondoner
  • @mylittlefredbear

TED talks

  • Why everything you know about autism is wrong by Jac den Houting,
  • The world needs all kinds of minds by Temple Grandin.
  • Autism, what we know (and what we do not know yet) by Wendy Chung

YouTube vloggers and channels

  • Ambitious about Autism
  • Ask An Autistic
  • Chris Packham
  • Purple Ella

Relationship stresses

  • CLEAR is a Cornwall based charity for people of all ages and all genders impacted by abuse, sexual abuse, rape and other forms of emotional trauma. Providing person-centred counselling, trauma focussed therapy and group activity. Call 01872 261 147.
  • First Light provides specialist support to male and female, adult and children who have been impacted by sexual violence and domestic abuse in Devon and Cornwall. Call 0345 812 1212.
  • Relate offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide. We provide advice on marriage, LGBT issues, divorce and parenting.  Call 0300 003 0396 or find your nearest local Relate centre.
  • Safer Futures provides advice, support, recovery and behaviour change programmes for people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. 0300 777 4777.
  • Susie Project Cornwall Offers support to men and women who have experienced domestic abuse and are no longer with their abuser. The project aims to help people in Cornwall regain their confidence, self-esteem and realise their ambitions for the future. Call 01209 699 241.
  • WAVES – A free confidential counselling and outreach for people who have experienced any form of domestic abuse or family violence. Call 07815 136 743 or visit the WAVES Counselling Project website for more information.
  • Women’s Centre Cornwall offers face-to-face support in mid, east and north Cornwall but also provide an outreach providing face-to-face support to women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual or domestic violence or abuse. Call 01208 76 466.


Suicidal thoughts

Apps to help with suicidal thoughts

  • distrACT app – The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
  • Stay Alive app – This app is full of resources, info and tools to help stay safe in a crisis. Visit the Prevent Suicide website to find out more.
  • Georgia’s Voice Cornwall – Georgia’s Voice Cornwall provides support and safe places for young women who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. Contact your local group via the website.
  • Papyrus – Papyrus is for people under 35 experiencing suicidal thoughts. Call 0800 068 4141.
  • Samaritans – Call 116 123.
  • Shout 24/7 text service – If you are struggling to cope and need immediate help text SHOUT to 85258.
  • Staying Safe – If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are supporting someone else, the Staying Safe website provides information on how to make a safety plan, video tutorials and online templates to guide you through the process.

Therapy, recovery and activities

  • Cornwall MIND – Social cafés, yoga, online creative writing, face to face garden projects, walking, art and music groups. If you need support, information or advice, email Cornwall Mind.
  • The Hub of Hope is an online searchable database of local and national support services across a wide range of mental health needs.
  • ORCHA is a comprehensive health app library website for residents of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The shared aim is to make it quick and easy to find safe, approved health and wellbeing apps which can make a real difference to people’s lives.
  • Pentreath is a Cornish charity that provides support and guidance to people across the county experiencing and recovering from mental ill health. They offer 1 to 1 support and a range of projects to help people move forward in their lives and achieve their personal goals. Call 01726 862 727 for more information.
  • Recovery College Cornwall run free courses for people living in Cornwall who are experiencing a wide range of mental ill health. Courses include:
    • how to deal with stress positively
    • manage anxiety
    • challenge unhelpful thoughts
    • build your confidence, self-esteem and your mojo
    • increase your emotional resilience
    • improve self care and find motivation
    • manage depression
    • build your recovery toolkit
  • Rethink work with people living with a mental illness in Cornwall to identify their aims and goals and to create individual action plans to achieve these.
  • Social prescribing – Your GP surgery may be able to refer you to a social prescriber or link worker who will arrange a face-to-face appointment during which you can find out about a range of community resources that can improve and support your emotional wellbeing. The purpose is to enable and facilitate you to design your own personalised social prescription empowering you to find solutions that will help to improve your health and wellbeing.
  • Talking Therapies – Offers NHS mental health therapy for stress, low mood and worry. You must be registered with a doctor’s surgery to use the service. Register for Talking Therapies online or call 01208 871 905.

Understanding and managing complex emotional needs

Young people

  • Action for Children provide practical and emotional care and support to children and young people. They ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Access support for parents.
  • Carefree works with young people aged 11 to 25, who are in and leaving care. Call 01209 204 333.
  • The Childhood Bereavement Network work with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK giving them access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.
  • Childline offers free and confidential help for young people in the UK. Call 0800 11 11 for free 24/7, the number will not appear on any phone bill.
  • The Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team provide assessment, advice and treatment for children and young people with severe and complex mental health problems. CAMHS also provide support and advice to their families or carers. For new referrals, call 01209 881 600 or email the CAMHS Access Team.
  • The Cove App which features a mood journal that allows young people to express their emotions through music.
  • Kooth offer free online counselling and wellbeing service for young people aged 11 to 25 years.
  • The Mix – Support in Cornwall for the under 25’s. Call 0808 808 4994.
  • Re-Ignite – A mental health and wellbeing project for young people aged 14 to 24 living in Cornwall delivered through Pentreath.
  • Young Minds – A charity that provides support and empowers young people around their mental health. Text YM to 85258 for 24/7 support.
  • Young People Cornwall run groups, mentoring, 1 to 1 activities, emotional resilience, self harming and coping skills. Call 01872 222 447.
  • Your Way is a partnership between 5 youth and mental health services in Cornwall which provides youth services in Cornwall for and with young people aged 10 and over. Call 01872 613 001.