Mental health

If you have concerns about your mental health and wellbeing we recommend that you first contact your GP to talk over your concerns. He or she will be able to direct you to the most appropriate support for your needs.

Where can I get support?

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There are a variety of services available to support mental health conditions.  You can find out more about these, including their contact details, on the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a telephone helpline through Support Matters Cornwall.

Out of hours support is available from 5.00pm to 9.00am on weekdays and 24 hours a day at weekends and bank holidays.

The service is open to all people aged 16+ under the care of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's mental health services.   You can call free on 0800 001 4330. Support can be delivered over the telephone, via text, email or web chat.

Headstart Kernow

HeadStart Kernow is a partnership programme to develop resilience and mental well-being in young people. It is Cornwall Council-led and Big Lottery-funded.  HeadStart Kernow is:

  • focused on young people aged 10 – 16 as evidence clearly demonstrates that half of diagnosed lifetime mental ill-health cases begin before the age of 14, and 75% before the age of 18;
  • co-produced with young people who inform and influence it and are key stakeholders;
  • universal, and about prevention with targeted support;
  • a  ‘Test and Learn’ programme;
  • striving to achieve system change;
  • doing things differently – we embrace new and innovative ways of thinking and working and people are at the forefront of what we do

For further information please visit the HeadStart Kernow pages.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Services

We provide information, advice and guidance to schools and educational settings on Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), as well as providing training.  You can find out more about this service on the SEMH pages

Specialist Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provide assessment, advice and treatment for children and young people with severe and complex mental health problems. CAMHS also provide support and advice to their families or carers.  You can find out more about the CAMHS service at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Referrals to the CAMHS services are via the Early Help Hub

To find out about other support in your local area visit the Support in Cornwall website.

Visit your local library for self-help books on a variety of mental health problems. Find out more by visiting Reading Well Books on Prescription.