Disability Toolkit – mental health conditions

Types of mental health disorders 

There are many different mental health conditions, some of which have similar symptoms, meaning that individuals may experience the symptoms of more than one or be given several diagnoses at once. Some conditions can also cause difficulties but remain undiagnosed. Everyone's experience can be different and can change at different times depending on a range of external or internal factors.

The mental health charity Mind provides an A-Z of mental health, citing some of the more common mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders and bipolar disorder

We hope that you find the resources on this page helpful and informative. If there is anything you would like to suggest to be added please contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team at equality@plymouth.ac.uk

Local support services

Free unless otherwise indicated.
  • University of Plymouth Medical Centre
    Provides general medical services for students at University of Plymouth. Out-of-hours GPs in Plymouth can be found by calling NHS 111; dial 111 from any phone.
  • Plymouth Online directory
    Offers information and advice about support services, activities and organisations for people who live in Plymouth.
  • Plymouth Options
    Plymouth Options is a city-wide service for adults in Plymouth with common problems such as anxiety and depression. Provide counselling, CBT. Self-refer or via GP.
  • Plymouth Community Mental Health Teams
    Supporting severe and/or enduring mental health problems.
  • The Zone
    Charity offering free, confidential support and information to young people. Anyone aged 16–25 years can drop into The Zone on any day of the week (Monday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm) to speak with one of the Youth Support Volunteers.
  • Icebreak at the Zone
    Icebreak provides a friendly and accessible service committed to supporting and empowering people aged 16–25 years who are experiencing emotional distress.
  • Insight at the Zone
    The Insight team is a free and confidential Early Intervention Service offering support to people aged 18–35 years who may be experiencing symptoms of early psychosis.
  • Plymouth Mind Recovery College
    Recovery College is for everyone, whether you experience mental health challenges, have contact with someone who does or are interested in the courses offered. All courses are designed to contribute towards wellbeing and recovery. This service makes a small charge for courses.
  • Harbour Centre
    Harbour helps anyone, including family and friends, affected by the misuse of drugs and alcohol by providing information, education, assessment and care co-ordination.
  • Twelves Company
    Twelves Company is a registered charity and the lead agency for the Plymouth Sexual Assault Referral Centre. They provide support to men, women, children and young people who have been affected by rape and serious sexual assault.
  • Relate
    Relationship counselling. Sex therapy. Family counselling. This service charges on a sliding scale.
  • Eating Disorder Support
    Psycho-education, information, individual and group therapy for those suffering from eating disorders.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
    Cruse Bereavement Care can support you after the death of someone close and if someone you know has died and you need to talk.
  • The Bereavement Counselling Service
    Offers specialist bereavement counselling in response to complicated grief.
  • Operation Emotion
    Plymouth-based voluntary organisation that operates, encourages and develops services for adult male survivors of sexual abuse.
  • Samaritans
    Talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
  • Rethink Mental Illness
    Structured and goal-focused to support people to become more involved in social, leisure, educational, training, volunteering and employment opportunities.
  • Advice Plymouth
    The new partnership between Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau, Plymouth Guild, Routeways and Age UK Plymouth.
  • Simply Counselling
    Simply Counselling is a community interest company that provides counselling to individuals, couples, carers and families in the Plymouth area. This service charges on a sliding scale.
  • Crossline
    Counselling service offered by registered Christian caring agency with a Christian ethos committed to providing an inclusive service to those who seek help, whether they be of another faith or of no faith at all.

Private counselling

Top self-help apps

  • SAM App: Self-help for Anxiety Management.
  • Moodtracker: now you can get daily insights into your ups and downs and spot patterns in your mood and behaviour.
  • Calm: you’ll discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier
  • NHS self help leaflets on the App Store and Google Play.

Andy's Man Club

A peer-to-peer support group for men

Andy's Man Club is a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues and problems they have faced or are currently facing. Come have a brew and a chat. #itsokaytotalk

All our groups meet on Mondays at 19.00. Visit the Andy's Man Club website to find your nearest group.

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