Two Devon Mental Health Charities Collaborate To Offer More Support To People In Devon

Two Devon Mental Health Charities Collaborate To Offer More Support To People In Devon

Local mental health charities Devon Mind and Step One announce collaboration to offer more recovery courses to more people across Devon

Two of Devon’s leading mental health charities have joined forces to tackle poor mental health in Devon in the wake of the pandemic.

Devon Mind and Step One Charity launch Devon Mind x Step One, a joint initiative created in response to the desperate need for mental health services across the county in the wake of this unprecedented challenge.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the mental health of the nation. In Devon, an area heavily reliant on tourism and hospitality and where rural locations can lead to isolation, the true cost on the mental health of people in the county has yet to be calculated.

In June of last year, estimates suggested as many as 12,500 people in Devon would be seeking support for their mental health as a result of coronavirus. As we emerge from our third national lockdown, that figure is likely to rise significantly.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, both Devon Mind and Step One have been working hard to identify opportunities to deliver their services in ways that are as safe and accessible as possible – with both charities offering innovative online support.

Devon Mind x Step One is a strong, positive response to Covid-19 – drawing on the resources and specialist knowledge of both charities, and sees the two charities collaborating in an effort to create better outcomes for people across the county, at a time when it is most needed.

They offers highly accessible, free to access digital mental health and wellbeing support, through a unique blended approach to delivery. By working together, the charities bring the best Devon has to offer in online mental health support through a mix of live modular courses, pre-recorded webinars, and bite size briefings and workshops. This is just the first step in a planned series of collaborative programmes throughout 2021.

Delivering support where it will have the biggest impact, courses cover topics such as anxiety, depression, bereavement and change management and everything is free and open to everyone.

Speaking about the collaboration, Olivia Craig, CEO at Devon Mind, said:

“The last 12 months have seen local charities like Devon Mind and Step One work harder than ever before to meet the rising need for mental health support in our communities. Our collaboration was borne out of a desire to ensure that people had access to a wide support offer – that they should only need to go through ‘one front door’ to discover courses, workshops and groups that will benefit their mental health.

We will continue to work together to develop and grow more opportunities to support people in Devon who need us.”

CEO of Step One Charity, Eilis Rainsford, added:

“During the pandemic, we recognised people’s need for mental health support was increasing and our charity wanted to do something to address this. We have been running free online support and training sessions since last November and the demand for these courses has continued to rise.

By working together with Devon Mind we can provide people with much more support to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our community. Together we will listen to our community and work hard to find new ways to offer more help at this critical time.”

All courses in the Devon Mind x Step One programme are now available for self-referral at  and

More courses, webinars and workshops will be added in the coming weeks based on popularity and feedback from local communities.

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