The Beacon Medical Centre

Local Mental Health Support

There are a wide range of organisations to help improve your mental health and well being. 


TALKWORKS is a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service for adults, offering effective treatments and therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

TALKWORKS can help you if you are feeling low in mood, stressed or depressed as well helping you if you live with panic attacks, social anxiety/shyness, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and health anxiety.

Patients can self refer to TALKWORKS by phoning 0300 555 3344 or using their online referral form

Exeter Community Initiatives

Exeter Community Initiatives is a dynamic charity working in Exeter and across Devon.  They help people facing poverty, inequality and homelessness to get their lives back on track. They do this by involving them in community projects to improve their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, increase their sense of belonging and provide skills to help them succeed in life. Visit their website to find out more

Online CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a short-term therapy technique that can help people find new ways to behave by changing their thought patterns.

Engaging with CBT can help people reduce stress, cope with complicated relationships, deal with grief, and face many other common life challenges.

CBT works on the basis that the way we think and interpret life’s events affects how we behave and, ultimately, how we feel. Studies have shown that it is useful in many situations.

More specifically, CBT is a problem-specific, goal-oriented approach that needs the individual’s active involvement to succeed. It focuses on their present-day challenges, thoughts, and behaviors.

Free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Courses are available online: Living life to the full and Mood Gym

Devon Primary Care Counselling

Devon Primary Care Counselling Service currently provides a number of psychological therapy interventions to Patients.

Services include; Counselling for Depression and Life Events, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and IPT, for treatment of Depression.

Referrals can only be made to us by your GP, Primary Care Health Team members, Mental Wellbeing and Access Teams, TALKWORKS, and Clinical Psychology in the East Devon Area. We are not a crisis service and therefore we have no capacity to offer urgent appointments.


Splitz Support Service is a registered charity delivering support services to adults and young people experiencing the trauma of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Splitz delivers services across south-west England.

Patients can self refer to Splitz, should you feel uncomfortable doing this, your GP will be more than happy to do this with your consent on your behalf. For self-referrals please call Splitz helpline on 0345 155 1074

Reading Well

For those who like to ready, there is a scheme called Reading Well, and most of the books are available at your local library – a list of books can be found here.

Date published: 6th June, 2020
Date last updated: 24th November, 2023