Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Up to one in four people will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives. They could be caused by stressful events such as losing a job, bereavement or money issues. These feelings can often be intense, but are often temporary. With the right support and help people make good, positive steps towards recovery


Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre offers counselling support through the Trainee Placement Scheme with Counsellors' Collective South West.

Jenny Kim has been welcomed to the practive in her role as trainee counsellor and offers support to patients facing challenges and emotional distress by creating a safe and non-judgmental space. 

Counselling can enable patients to:

  • get a deeper understanding and acceptance of their own feelings
  • grow courage in order to make difficult decisions and life choices without any external influence 
  • learn coping skills for new or challenging situations
  • create healthier relationships
  •  … and more​

If you feel you could benefit from a referral then please arrange a telephone consultation with your GP or send an eConsult.



A free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service for adults, offering effective treatments and therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to help with low mood, stress and depression, and for people living with panic attacks, social anxiety/shyness, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and health anxiety 

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Online Mindfulness for Recurrent Depression

The AccEPT Clinic is now offering FREE ONLINE Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

MBCT is an 8 week course for adults (over 18) who have experienced several episodes of depression but are currently well and want to find ways to stop.  The therapy comprises of practices supported by a therapist and materials, teaching you ways to manage thoughts and feelings.  There are various courses availble throughout the year and you can self refer.

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Reading Well

Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.  The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free.

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Ways 2 Wellbeing

‘Ways2Wellbeing’ is a social prescription scheme: social prescription focuses on those areas of our wellbeing that could be best supported through non-medical, community involvement/support, including the daily activities we choose to take part in.

If you would like to access this service then plesae contact your GP.  If it is the right decision for you, your GP will make a referral on your behalf.

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The Quiet Mind Centre

The Quiet Mind Centre is based in Exmouth and is staffed by therapists and receptionists who freely donate their time and skills. Your location is not important – if you need our help, and can get to us, we welcome you at The Quiet Mind Centre.  

They are dedicated to providing therapies to people who are suffering from a physical, emotional or stress related health problem or bereavement, and, who are on some form of a benefit such as students, pensioners, income support, unemployed, or, who are on a low income. To name but a few. 

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The Moorings  Crisis Cafe

The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area, from three locations in Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torquay.

To contact The Mooring call 07990 790 920 or or email

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if you ever find yourself at your lowest. Please contact your GP, or please contact Samaritans - the suicide prevention charity. "We make sure there’s someone there for anyone who needs someone."

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The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this. 

We are all incredible beings, and there’s no shame in feeling a little down every now and then. There is a place, and there are people, you can turn to when you feel like there isn’t. That place is CALM.   RKZ, DJ & MUSICIAN

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Community Mental Health Services

Devon Partnership Trust provides a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs in Devon.  To access information about local mental services, including adult and child mental health services, Autism, Early intervention in psychosis, Eating Disorders, Gender identity, the older peoples mental health services, learning disability, personality disorders, mental health in pregnant women and women who have just given birth.

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New Leaf

New Leaf is part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s Vocational Rehabilitation Service. The service has been developed from delivering many years of therapy, training and supported employment to adults living with a mental health condition who are working towards paid employment now or in the future.

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