Mental Health Wellbeing and Support

See below for advice on:

  • Where to go if you need help now
  • Talking therapies and Counselling 
  • More Mental Health Advice and Support


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I Need Help Now...

NHS Kernow Mental Health


To talk to someone about your mental wellbeing you can call the 24/7 NHS mental health telephone support helpline on 0800 038 5300 for advice and triage.
Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day. If you or someone you know feels they need to access urgent mental health support, they will listen to you and assess how best to help.

When To Seek Immediate Help

Call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency now if:
-Someone's life is at risk, for example they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose.
-You do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe. 


Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.


Telephone: 116 123


Samaritans can also offer you information and advice if you are worried about someone elses mental health.

For example, how to help someone create a safety plan with someone having suicidal thoughts. 

Talking Therapies and Counselling

Why talking therapies?

Benefits of talking therapies

  • Talking therapies can help all sorts of people in lots of different situations. You may also hear them referred to as counselling, talking treatments or psychological therapies.
  • Talking therapy is for anyone who's going through a bad time or has emotional problems they need help with.
  • For many adults it may be the same or more effective than medicine.

See below for different ways to access talking therapies. Please contact services directly for up to date information on what they offer, and if they have waiting lists. 

Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies is Cornwall's NHS funded talking therapies service. Please be aware there may be a waiting list, Talking Therapies can give you more detail if you contact them directly.

To find out more and refer yourself, visit their website or call the number below.


Telephone: 01208 871905

Private Counsellors 

You may want to consider paying for private talking therapies. If so, you can use the weblinks below to search for counsellors registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCAP) or the UK Council for Psychotherapy, or with other relevant qualifications through the counselling directory. 



Counselling Directory:

Reduced Cost/ Free Counselling

The following providers may be able to offer you reduced cost counselling:

Low Cost Counselling Cornwall: Low-Cost Counselling Cornwall

Counsellors Together CIC: Counsellors Together CIC

The following providers may be able to offer you free counselling:

Ratcliffe & Brown CIC: Ratcliffe & Brown CIC

Pegasus – Pegasus – CIC


Specialist Counselling  

For bereavement, see Cruse Bereavement Support

For MS, see MS-UK

For self-harm, see Hope for Harm

For trauma and/or domestic abuse, see CLEAR OR WAVES Counselling Project OR West Cornwall Women's Aid

For young people, see Kooth

For stroke survivors, see Stroke Association

Other Mental Health Advice and Support

Cornwall Mind

Cornwall Mind provide information, advice, and community wellbeing activities both in person and online. To find out more visit their website or contact them on the phone or email provided below. 


Telephone: 01208 892 855


Pentreath is a mental health charity that works across Cornwall. 

"Pentreath exists for people living with mental health and emotional difficulties. We offer support to help people believe in their own potential and achieve their vocational goal, whatever challenges they face."

You can refer yourself to Pentreath by visiting the website or calling the number below. 

Telephon: 01726 862727


Rethink provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.


Telephone: 0300 5000 927


Mental Health Peer Support Groups

Man Down

Man Down provide a safe place for men to get together and talk openly and freely about their mental health. Read more on their website below, or watch this excellent Man Down video

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Your Voice 

Your Voice offer support groups, activities and other resources to help women come together and support one another in their Mental Health journeys. Find out more by visiting their website below. 

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The Intercom Trust

The Intercom Trust is a helpline and directory that links LGBTQIA+ individuals with available groups and service, including peer support groups. Find out more by visiting the website below or calling 0800 612 3010.

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