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If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

If you are in Herefordshire and need support, please call us using one of the following numbers:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, please contact the team or service who currently provide your care.
  • Monday to Friday, 5pm – 9am and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays, please call our Mental Health Matters Helpline on: 0800 015 7271

These contact numbers are for people already in contact with our services. If you are not currently in contact with us, please call 111 or your GP.

Our out of hours, weekend and bank holiday service is provided by Mental Health Matters.

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Opem every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.

More than 30 hospital staff and inpatients drummed up support for Comic Relief earlier today by taking part in an enthusiastic and therapeutic drumming session.

The Trust’s Occupational Therapy team organised the special Red Nose Day drumming session at ²gether’s Wotton Lawn hospital in Gloucester.

Therapeutic Drum Circle sessions are now held regularly in the hospital’s gym to help the recovery of inpatients with mental health problems – and staff seized the chance to enjoy the benefits too.

Jayne Robinson, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist at ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted to see so many staff taking part in the Drum Circle and it was a great way to kick off our Red Nose Day fundraising activities at Wotton Lawn.

Research shows that drum therapy can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and promote overall emotional and physical wellbeing. Drumming sessions in the workplace have also shown to improve mood by 46%, rising to over 60% six weeks after the session1.

One in four people experience mental health issues at some stage in their lives and the Drum Circle is just one of the many therapeutic activities used by the trust to raise patient’s self esteem, increase confidence and promote long term mental wellbeing.

Comic Relief has given £4 million to the national Time to Change campaign, which aims to raise awareness of mental health problems in England and tackle the stigma, discrimination and social exclusion that exists.

“We’re so glad Comic Relief has a focus on mental illness because it is one of society’s last taboos. It is so often the subject of stigma and discrimination,” added Jayne. “We are always looking for new ways to help our service users and the Drum Circle has proved very popular and successful. It was great to see staff enjoying the benefits too.”

You can join the trust free and show your support for people facing stigma and social exclusion locally, by clicking here.

 

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