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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.

A cut out and keep guide to safer drinking has been produced to help people safeguard their mental and physical health.

The credit card-sized guide – produced by the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust – is available to print out and keep in a purse or wallet, to be available at all times.

Dr Karen Williams, Associate Medical Director and Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist with the Trust, said people could easily become confused about how much alcohol was considered safe to drink.

“If people stick to the recommended guidelines for alcohol, then drinking is not too much of a problem, providing you have an otherwise healthy liver,” Dr Williams said.

“However, excessive alcohol consumption can have long term health impacts, including heart disease and psychological illnesses like depression and anxiety. It can also impact upon your everyday life and affect your friends and family. 

“Even relatively moderate drinking can exacerbate existing mental health conditions.

“Although it may give you the impression that it provides relief from anxiety and stress, it is not healthy to rely on drink to do this.

“It’s sometimes hard to keep track of how much you are drinking, particularly if you are going to parties where others are pouring your drinks or topping up your glass, but this guide should help you to have some idea of what your units.”

To print out the guide click here 

Anyone suffering with mental health or alcohol dependency issues should speak to their family GP for advice. Further information on mental health and alcohol dependency issues is available elsewhere on our website.

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