Do you need help now?
If you or someone else is at risk of death or serious injury, call 999 and ask for the police and/or ambulance immediately.
If your life is at risk right now, you feel you may attempt suicide, have seriously harmed yourself or feel that you may seriously harm yourself, you need urgent help. Mental health emergencies are serious and you are not wasting anyone’s time.
- Call 999 immediately for an ambulance
- Go straight to A&E if you can
- Or call your local crisis team
If you need someone to talk to, there are several organisations you can contact – find details on the guidance sheet here.
Local emergency departments
If you need to go to an emergency department, here are your local hospitals.
Plymouth PL6 8DH
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
Exeter EX2 5DW
Torquay TQ2 7AA
North Devon District Hospital
Barnstaple EX31 4JB
Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams
East & Mid Devon
South Hams/West Devon
24/7 crisis helplines
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The phone number is free to call.
Call: 116 123
The Plymouth First Response service, operated by Livewell Southwest, is available 24/7.
Call: 0800 923 9323
The Devon First Response service, operated by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, is available 24/7.
Call: 0808 196 8708
Shout is a confidential 24/7 text support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. The helpline is free to use from most mobile networks.
Text: ‘SHOUT’ to 85258
24/7 emotional support, advice, and guidance.
Call: 0800 470 0317 (available to Devon outside Plymouth only)
YoungMinds operates a 24/7 text service providing support for young people experiencing mental health crisis. Free from major networks.
Text: ‘YM’ to 85258
Other out-of-hours support
Head Space offers an out-of-hours service for people who may be approaching a mental health crisis. Open 7 days a week, 6pm–midnight.
Call 07890 257 614
SANEline offers specialist emotional support, guidance, and information to anyone affected by mental illness. Open 7 days a week, 4pm–10pm.
Call 0300 304 7000
The National Suicide Prevention Helpline offers a supportive listening service to anyone having thoughts of suicide. It operates nationally.
Open 7 days a week, 6pm–3:30am.
Call: 0800 689 5652
The Moorings @ Devon
The Mooring @ Barnstaple
Address: The Voice Meeting Rooms, Belle Meadow Court, Barnstaple EX32 8RJ
Open: Thursdays to Mondays, 6pm–11pm
Call: 07850 927 064
The Mooring @ Exeter
Address:St Leonards GP Practice, Athelstan Road, St Leonards, Exeter EX1 1SB
Open: Mondays to Fridays 10am–midnight
Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon–midnight
Call: 07990 790 920
The Mooring @ Torquay
Address: Torbay Business Centre, Lymington Road, Torquay TQ1 4BD
Open: Weekdays 10am–midnight (virtual only until 6pm)
Weekends 12 noon–midnight
Call: 07483 991 848