There will be many, many reasons why we might be feeling anxious at the moment and which as a result could have an impact on our emotional health and wellbeing.

Stress factors may include finances, job insecurity, anxiety around the COVID-19 virus itself and the impact this has had - or might have - on you personally, bereavement, something that happened to you in your past, or something that's happening to you now.  You might also be worried about hurting someone. Domestic abuse and sexual violence will have an impact whether you are the one being hurt, or the one causing the hurt. If you need help, advice or information relating to domestic abuse or sexual violence, check the directory of services or our web pages.

There is a wide range of support available to help you or your children around emotional health and wellbeing if you need it, in addition to specialist mental health services and crisis support.

The Devon Clinic in Paignton is a complementary health clinic which usually offers a wide range of health therapies and treatments. In response to the current situation, they are offering free talking therapy sessions with a professional talking therapist.  The team has a wide range of backgrounds and experience.  The telephone or video call sessions allow you to express your thoughts, feelings and worries safely and confidentially, while receiving positive and constructive support and advice. Appointments can be made between 9am and 9pm, Monday to Friday and more than one session is available, if required. You can find out more about the service, together with contact details on their website.  You can telephone or email. 

Eat That Frog have developed a free online Health & Wellbeing programme, a series of 7 short mini-courses covering a range of topics and intended to boost your mental or physical health. Find out more - including how to contact Eat That Frog - on this leaflet.    

The Torbay and South Devon COVID19 Emotional Wellbeing Helpline is available on 01803 217433.  You will need to provide some personal details, including a brief summary of what you would like support with, and a call handler will do their best to contact you within 2-3 working days.  The helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm but has an answerphone so you can leave contact details at any time that suits you.  

The Helpline staff will 

  • Provide supportive listening
  • Acknowledge emotions and experiences
  • Signpost for further information and/or support if appropriate

This leaflet provides details about other services, online support and access to helpful information, including Healthwatch and support for children and young people.

You can find contact details if you need urgent advice and support for your mental health here.  

If you have immediate concerns about your or somebody else’s safety, please call 999 /111 or the Samaritans on 116 123 (24hr helpline).

You can find more about self help and other available support by searching Every Mind Matters.