Nothing about us without us.
Judi Chamberlin

Dates for upcoming meetings

‘Open Minds’ is a peer support group for people who see, hear or sense things that other people don’t (often labelled ‘psychosis’). We meet once a month at the Bridge Collective in Exeter.

Upcoming dates are: October 14th, November 11th, December 9th, January 13th, February 10th, March 9th. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop in to find out more.

Details and venue in THIS POSTER

Devon Recovery is involved in two events to promote awareness of hate crime.

Hate crimes are crimes directecd against someone based on their religion, race, gender, sexual identity or disability. Such crimes can include those directed towards people with mental health issues.

It should be self-evident that our communities would be better, happier and safer places if we were all motivated by tolerance and compassion. Hate Crime Awareness is an opportunity to come together and act as a voice for kindness.

Recovery Devon will be at these events:

To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 10th - 17th), Recovery Devon is joining with Safer Devon Partnerships for two events next week.

The first will be at The Old Chapel, St Sidwell's Community Centre, Exeter EX4 6NN on Wednesday 14th from 10am - 3pm.

The Devon Recovery Learning Community will be hosting activities on the theme 'Stamp Out Hate Crime' and anyone is welcome to come along to find out more about Hate Crime and what is being done to stop it.

At Glenorchy Church, Exeter Road, Exmouth on Thursday 15th from 9am - 12pm, Rethink Mental Illness will be hosting an open event with the Police, Young Devon, East Devon District Council, Exmouth Work Club and TreeFish training.

If you're in either area please come and join us.

Thank you for your support,

James Wooldridge

Recovery Devon

Other events are happening throughout the week

You can find full details of the movement and the events in this leaflet.

Exeter University are trialling online CBT and looking for volunteers

ex-handsThe University of Exeter is now offering free cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression over the internet for people in Devon and Somerset. Work online with a trained therapist using their website at a time and place convenient to you, and help them to understand how therapy works so they can make it better! Use their mood screener link below to apply.

"My name is Michelle Tester-Jones, I am a research Fellow at the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter. I am currently working on a trial offering free internet CBT for depression for residents of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Here is a link to our website, which invites people to complete a mood screener to check eligibility to take part."

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an approach which looks at the way in which we think about ourselves, describe ourselves and our attitudes towards our lives.

By changing the language and thoughts we have about life CBT can help people to become more positive about themselves, their lives and the future.

You can make use of some online CBT tools even if you don't enter the trial.

This is a mini news round-up.

First off:

The Bridge Collective are holding an event to mark World Mental Health Day

Thursday 8th October, 10am, St Stephen’s church, High St, Exeter

See here for more details.

Our second story for the day:

THIS SEASON'S designated Exeter City "One Game, One Community" match will be the home fixture with Stevenage on Sunday 11th October.

The theme for the game will be around mental health - tying in with World Mental Health Day on October 10th.

Exeter City Supporters Trust's "One Game, One Community" Group are working with partners Mind Exeter and East Devon, Exeter City Football in the Community and Kick It Out on a series of initiatives to mark the occasion.

For more information visit here.

And finally,..

A message on behalf of Make-a-Difference, Tavistock.

White Stuff' are coming to Tavistock soon! They have a policy of supporting ONE Charity in any town in which they open a shop. You will see on the Link that Make-a-Difference is in the final pitch against one other, rather larger, Charity in Tavistock.

Make-a-Difference is the only Mental Health Charity in West Devon. We are a small, self-funding, self-governing Charity run entirely by volunteers for people who have suffered mental health issues.

To be chosen as 'White Stuff's' Charity of the year would be a significant boost for Make-a-Difference. Not only would it raise our profile considerably throughout West Devon, but there would be financial benefits too.

You can help by:
1 Opening this Link


ONLY ONE VOTE per person! Block votes will not be counted.

Voting closes on 4th October so please act today - every vote is vital for Make-a-Difference.

Thank you very much. We do appreciate your support.

With Best Wishes,
James Allenby -
on behalf of the Committee of Make-a-Difference, Tavistock.

A Series of fortunate events!

The bridge collective and Soteria have a series of upcoming events - as detailed below. If you are interested please follow the links for more details.

Please contact Soteria or The Bridge Collective about these events, not Recovery Devon. We're just spreading the word :)


Autumn 2015
Choices in approaches events

Soteria Network Southwest next meetings:
Wed 23rd Sept, 5.30 – 7.30 pm at St Sidwells Community Centre, Sidwell Street, Exeter
The Soteria Network are a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people experiencing 'psychosis' or extreme states. For more information email Margaret at
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Open Dialogue Devon:
Meeting for people working together to promote the use of Open Dialogue and dialogical approaches locally. All welcome. (Tea and coffee making facilities, feel free to bring something to eat).
Thurs 1st Oct 2015, 6 - 8pm at the Bridge Collective.
Thurs 5th Nov 2015, 6 - 8pm at the Bridge Collective.

'This is Madness' public forum:

'This is Madness' is creating a public forum where we can explore alternatives, attitudes and power within mental health and our society.
Thurs 8th Oct, 10am-12.30pm -

“This is Madness” invites you to celebrate World Mental Health Day at St Stephen’s Church, High St, Exeter. This year’s theme: dignity in mental health. Come and explore, stalls, refreshments, art, music, books. Watch this space for further details:
Tues 3rd Nov - 5.30-7.30 pm, 'This is Madness in the pub' - An informal gathering and discussion over food and drink. Meet in the side room by the main entrance at the Imperial Pub, New North Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4AH. Watch this space for further details:

Transformation Triangle:
Looking at creating local alternatives to hospitals and medication through: changing public attitudes, creating alternatives and honouring rights from Jim Gottstein's Transformation Triangle idea of how system change can be achieved.
Thurs 22nd Oct, 5-6.30 pm Transformation Triangle working party at the Bridge Collective.

Choices in Approaches online resources:
More online resources can be found here: choices in approaches resources
You are welcome to look at online resources at the Bridge Collective on our Open day on Thursday. We sometimes have community meetings and events on a Thursday which you are welcome to join. For opening times check here: ring 01392 433358.