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Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Panic are common conditions. We can help you. Below are a collection of helpful leaflets, websites, videos plus some self-help book suggestions.
You can also refer yourself to the local Talk Works, the NHS talking therapy service (previously the Depression and Anxiety Service) by phoning 01803 696600.
Foxhole Community Garden is a resource for the local community and a place to offer therapeutic gardening sessions and gardening sessions for families.
Foxhole Community Garden is a beautiful 0.7 acre site on the Dartington Estate alongside Old School Farm.In the garden is an orchard, fruit bushes, annual and perennial vegetable beds, a wildlife pond and wildlife habitats, willow domes, a firepit cooking area and mud kitchen play areas.
The aim of the Society is to encourage participation in and appreciation of various aspects of the arts, but in particular, drawing and painting in all media. We believe in providing a programme and environment which will encourage members to develop and improve their skills and appreciation of art.
Totnes Art Society is an association of artists of all levels of ability.
U3A (The University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment. Has a range of different courses from scrabble to yoga.
An open church café at Totnes United Free Church. It is open to all and is used regularly by locals and visitors to the town. Someone is always available to listen and give support if you need some help, or just a friendly ear.
Building relationships within Bridgetown, Totnes Every Wednesday 10am-1pm at St John's Church light refreshments and support.
Is the way that you are feeling affecting your daily life? Are you struggling to cope, feeling low, anxious or overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings? Are you living with a long term health condition that is making you feel tired, frustrated and worried? You are not alone and we can help.
We are a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service (previously the Depression and Anxiety Service), helping you to feel better and giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
You can self-refer direct to TALKWORKS:
Call 0300 555 3344 or complete the online form on our website
Watch our film to see how TALKWORKS can help you.
Counselling for Carers (C4C) is a counselling service for adult carers living in Devon. We are a service provided by Action East Devon and have a team of over 30 volunteer counsellors working at locations throughout the county.
Phone 01626 325621 / 01404 549045
Room 7 – Lambert Building
Hannah’s at Seale Hayne
Scientific evidence points to five steps that we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. Remember, no-one can give wellbeing to you. It's you who has to take action.
Self help group to support anyone interested in talking about death, grief and loss. Runs at the Daisy Family Centre, St John's Primary School, Totnes TQ9 5TZ. Every other month, on Sundays at 2pm. Email for the dates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the book shelves. Click on the area you need help with, sit down with a hot drink and read at your leisure.
Anger, Anxiety, Abuse, Bereavement, Depression, Eating Disorders, Health Anxiety, Obsessions, Panic, Postnatal Depression, Self Harm, Sleep Problems, Social Anxiety etc...
This World Health Organisation video explains depression. The most important thing is to recognise it and seek help - It is treatable. Call us.
Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind. As little as 5 minutes a day can boost your mood, help you relax and lower your blood pressure. Developed by the Australian Cricket Team.
This excellent local charity "Step One" provides free courses and activities to help manage anxiety, low self esteem, lack of confidence, self harm, anger and promoting good sleep. Click here for their calendar of events, and watch interviews with some volunteers and participants. To access help, contact Jane on email@example.com, phone 01803 557801 or pop in - 51 Totnes Road, Paignton, TQ4 5LE.
Need someone to talk to? Feeling isolated, distressed or upset? Give us a ring on 0300 330 5464 (8pm-11pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
This Letter of Hope is written by a group of people who have been through very dark and desolate times and is intended to support those who may be thinking about taking their own lives. Hold on.
Calm Harm provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Please note that the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it. It's desigend for teenagers but can be tried by any age group.
Check out the emotions tab (fear, anger, despair, shame, loneliness, anxiety, self hate, sadness) and the moving on tab (inspirational stories, distraction, making changes, creativity and relaxing), particularly for ladies struggling with self harm
Dr Kate Lovett shares advice to help you alleviate the thoughts and feelings associated with anxiety and worry.
Dr Chris Williams explains how you can take control of anxiety. This podcast is one of an eight-part series for Moodzone.
Is there a connection between feeling fine and the foods we have eaten? Do some foods make us feel grumpy? Is it possible to plan a diet for good mood?
Good nutrition is important for our mental and physical health. This food fact sheet will look at how following a healthy diet can protect your mental health.
This information package is designed to provide you with some information about distress intolerance and suggested strategies for managing distressing or uncomfortable feelings more effectively. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.
A drop in community support centre located in the heart of Paignton, Devon - at 56 Palace Avenue, TQ3 2QP (behind the theatre).
Many services including free, confidential, professional counselling services, befriending service, mental health support, emotional support groups, form filling, benefits, housing and nutrition support, cafe, crisis support (including provision of emergency food or clothing packages), support for those experiencing homelessness (in the form of shower facilities and access to laundry facilities) and alternative therapies, currently including reflexology
Phone us on 01803 550720 or 07884 098327 or click here for a leaflet
The word depressed is a common everyday word. People might say "I'm depressed" when in fact they mean "I'm fed up because I've had a row, or failed an exam, or lost my job", etc. These ups and downs of life are common and normal. Most people recover quite quickly. With true depression, you have a low mood and other symptoms each day for at least two weeks. Symptoms can also become severe enough to interfere with normal day-to-day activities.
The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Used by Liverpool FC and the Sky Cycling Team. Struggle to read books? Get the Audiobook to listen to!
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries including Totnes library.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.
Professor Cary Cooper provides some techniques for managing stress, such as exercising and using relaxation techniques, and explains who you can talk to if you're feeling under pressure
Muscular relaxation exercises and deep breathing are two common techniques to help people to relax and combat symptoms of anxiety. They may also help to ease symptoms of depression.
Courses to help you manage your anxiety, loss of confidence, irritability, low self-esteem or self harming behaviour. Some in Totnes, some further away. Click here for a list of local/Devon courses. In particular the POWER Course (PrOmoting Wellbeing and Emotional Regulation)
We are the leading national charity for bereaved people in the UK. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. Our services are provided by trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Phone us on 0300 3305466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Offers anger management training, and hosts groups such as Cool Torbay Peer Support and the young adult carers. There is a charge for our training but we sometimes reduce this if you are on a low income.
Steps to tackle your anger. We are the only UK centre of expertise for all aspects of anger and conflict management. We offer support, programmes and training for the general public, children and teenagers
Additionally MIND in Plymouth run a 12 week anger management course for only £15. Phone 01752 512280 to find out more
Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder (social phobia). People with generalised anxiety feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. It can cause both psychological and physical symptoms. These vary from person to person, but can include feeling restless or worried and having trouble concentrating or sleeping.
The accessible and straightforward books in the Overcoming Series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.
Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness is a self-help manual for this common problem, which explains why it happens and sets out practical methods of resolving it.
Many of us have a tendency to worry unnecessarily about our health. Using a step-by-step approach, this book explains how the problem develops, how to recognize what feeds it and how to develop effective methods of dealing with it.
This is a self-help manual for those who find that they are spoiling the lives of both themselves and those around them with their almost constant irritability and flashes of bad temper. It speaks to those who often find themselves saying and doing things they later regret.
This fully revised third edition has been extensively updated and rewritten to reflect over ten years of new research on understanding and treating depression, particularly the importance of developing compassionate ways of thinking, behaving and feeling.
Simple, concise, step by step directions for lots of different relaxation techniques
An acute stress reaction occurs when symptoms, including anxiety, develop quickly as a reaction to exceptionally stressful events. Symptoms often go quickly, and you may not need any treatment. Sometimes other treatments, such as talking therapies, may be helpful.
Sign up for your free self-care starter kit. We raise awareness, provide tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help. We’ll help you understand depression and what it means for you. We’ll support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are. We’ll help you break down barriers and broach the subject with those closest to you.
This website provides CBT self help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets and self help mp3s. It's not a pretty website but do click on the boxes as you may well find this helps you to move forward.
An online CBT cognitive behavioural therapy service, helping people help themselves.
Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression. There is a small fee.
Depression Alliance bring people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression.
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NON-EMERGENCY: Have a look at out "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.