Accessing mental health services
Who to contact if you feel you need help for your mental health:
If you are not under a mental health team please contact your GP for a referral.
For mild anxiety and depression you can self refer by calling the TALKWORKS on 0300 555 3344.
Essential contacts for you
Torbay Emergency Duty Team: 0300 456 4876 | SMS number: 07810 54 8004
Devon Emergency Duty Team: 0345 6000 388
Mental Health Teams: 01803 546470 (Torbay)
Samaritans: 116 123
If you need more urgent help or support, please see ‘I need help now’.
Mental health and learning disability services are provided by Devon Partnership NHS Trust. They work closely with other NHS organisations, local authorities, the voluntary sector, the people who use our services and their families and carers to deliver services that focus on recovery and promote mental health, wellbeing and independence.
They provide a wide range of services for:
- Adults and Older people (including a Dementia Wellbeing Service in Bristol)
- Perinatal mental health service – for pregnant women concerned about their emotional or mental wellbeing
- Depression and anxiety – if you’re low in mood, stressed, anxious or depressed
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol and substance misuse issues (Torbay only)
- Learning disability
- Liaison psychiatry
- Specialist Gender Identity Clinic
- Devon Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Personality disorder
- Forensic or secure mental health services (usually people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system)
- Offender services
Services in Torbay and South Devon
- Adult inpatient services
- Adult community services
- Older people’s inpatient services
- Older people’s community services
- Liaison psychiatry services
- Drug and alcohol services
- Learning disability services
- Depression and Anxiety Service
- Perinatal Mental Health Service
Adult inpatient services
Haytor Ward in the Haytor Unit provides assessment, care and treatment for men and women with mental health needs.
Liaison psychiatry service
The Liaison Psychiatry service responds to referrals from Torbay general hospital for individuals attending the A&E department or who have been admitted to a ward. The service provides mental health assessments, care plan advice and provides training/support opportunities for hospital staff, regarding mental health issues. More details can be found on their Psychiatry in acute hospitals page.
Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team
Our Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team provides a flexible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service to care for someone who has an urgent need or who is in a crisis, and for people who require a stay in hospital. When a hospital admission is needed the team will work towards minimising the length of stay, involving carers and families to ensure arrangements are in place to support people when they are discharged.
More information can be found on the Devon Partnership Trust’s Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team pages below.
Adult community services
A self-referral psychological therapy service for people who are over 18 years of age and who are feeling stressed, anxious, low in mood or depressed. More details can be found on TALKWORKS.
Devon Partnership Trust’s Mental Health Services for Older People serves people over 65 years who have organic mental illness – dementias for example – or functional mental health problems which need specialist expertise, such as depression, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia. For more information, visit Devon Partnership Trust’s website.
Devon Memory Clinics
Memory Clinics are part of the Devon Memory Service. The clinics aim to discover the cause of your memory problem and to provide you with the appropriate information, support and treatment that you need to help you to live well and independently. For more information, visit Devon Partnership Trust’s website.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
CAMHS help children, young people and families, including those with a learning disability and who are experiencing serious emotional and behavioural difficulties.
For more information, visit our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service page.
Torbay Mental Health Directory
The aim of the Torbay Mental Health Directory is to provide information about services for residents of Torbay that are available to mental health professionals, users of the services, their families, friends and carers. View the directory.