Here are some local links for people on the spectrum, and
some Mental Health services.
They are NOT recommended by the NAS (disclaimer).
Autism Resource Centre
ARC provides bespoke 1-to-1 vocational and life skills training for ASC learners and others with complex and high level needs, aged 16 -25.
Vocational training, supported living, transition to adulthood, run by Richard and Judith
ARC (Devon and Cornwall) Ltd
2, Seymour Mews
Plymouth PL4 8RX Tel: 01752 600421
Autistic Adults in Plymouth see our Support Group page on tab above
Autism Plymouth Parent Support group see our Support Group page on tab above
Facebook Page, monthly meetings at Pomphlett Methodist Church Hall
(usually 7-9pm, last Wednesday of the month but do check)
Email: [email protected]
Also for parents of children with autism or other special educational needs is:
PIAS - Plymouth Information and Advice Service
They can help you get the support in school and college your child needs
Telephone: 01752 258933 Freephone: 0800 9531131
Email: [email protected]
Address: Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND
Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre
Scott Business Park
Beacon Park Rd
Devon Autism Alert Card available from Devon Link-up
Email : [email protected]
and this page is from the police about the AA card as they approved and supported it:
Improving Lives Plymouth &
DIAC - the Disability Information and Advice Centre
in Plymouth give help on claiming benefits and other rights.
They are both at
Ernest English House, Buckwell Street, Plymouth, PL1 2DA
DIAC telephone 0344 411 1444
Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 8am -1pm
Improving Lives run support groups and activities for Carers
and also have a Mental Health Support Worker available
Telephone 01752 201766 or drop in Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm.
'Working Well with Autism'
Janet Wise and Rob de Jong run 'Working Well with Autism'
Rob is also a qualified counsellor - see their website here:
MIND Mental Health Charity who run counselling, free workshops and peer-support groups for Bi-Polar, Hearing Voices, New Mums and Mindfulness practise.
Tel 01752 512280 email [email protected]
Mental Health Support
The first port of call is your GP of course, but there is also:
Free phone 116 123 anytime 24 hours a day or local calls - 01752 221666
They also have a drop-in centre at 20 Oxford Place, Western Approach PL1 5AJ
15.30 - 9pm or from 12.30 on Weds-Fridays,
18.30 - 21.00 on Saturdays and 15.30- 18.30 on Sundays
or Email [email protected]
Head Space Crisis Cafe - a drop-in for anyone feeling in crisis - a non-clinical setting with a safe, calm and structured environment, where individuals can go to access peer support at:
Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre in the Scott Business Park on Beacon Park Road
PL2 2PQ Tel. 07890 257 614 Saturday and Sunday 5pm - 9pm
Whitleigh Four Greens Well-being Hub PL5 4DD, Thur and Fridays.
Specialist mental health helpline, open daily from 4.30pm – 10.30pm
Phone 0300 304 7000
Support line for teenagers and young adults (under 35) feeling suicidal. Open weekdays 10am – 10 pm, weekends 2pm – 10pm and bank holidays 2pm – 5pm.
Phone 0800 068 4141
Text 07786 209 697
Email [email protected]
Open to children and young people up until their 19th birthday. Calls are free and won’t show up on the phonebill.
Phone 0800 1111
Online counselling via the website – www.childline.org.uk
Free and confidential helpline for children and adults affected by bullying. Open weekdays 9am – 9pm, weekends 10am – 3pm.
Phone 0800 800 2222
SAFECALL - for problems in the workplace, e.g. bullying, mistreatment of someone on the spectrum, bad practice, etc, you can call anonymously & confidentially
0800 915 1571 or email safecall.co.uk
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Organisation dedicated to helping men who feel suicidal. Helpline and webchat,
open 365 days a year 5pm – midnight.
Phone 0800 58 58 58
Webchat via the website – www.thecalmzone.net
Offering support to those in crisis following a bereavement. Helpline open weekdays 9.30am – 5pm (until 8pm on Tues, Weds & Thurs).
Helpline 0844 477 9400
Switchboard – LGBT+ helpline
Offering support to the LGBT+ community. Help with whatever you want to talk about – nothing is off limits. All volunteers are LGBT+
Helpline 0300 330 0630
Webchat via the website https://switchboard.lgbt
Email – [email protected]
If you are feeling immediately unsafe, suicidal or are worried about your self-harm, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital, or ring 999 for an ambulance.
Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8DH
Working well with Autism
Rob de Jong is a qualified counsellor who also has many years’ experience supporting and enabling people with autism in the workplace, in education and in social settings.
He brings this specialist expertise into his practice as a person-centred counsellor to make sure he counsels you in a way that is suited to you as a unique individual who happens to be on the autistic spectrum.
If you are interested in finding out more about our autism-informed counselling service, call Rob on 07570 812376 or email him at [email protected]
Counselling sessions last for 1 hour and cost £40.00
in central Plymouth, in your home or at 2 St Maurice Road, Plympton
Plymouth Options Anxiety and Depression service
You can self-refer by email or phone:
Centre Court, 73 Exeter Street Plymouth PL4 0AH
Tel 435419 Email: [email protected]