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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.

Secondary school children in Gloucestershire are being challenged to create a radio advert to be played during Dementia Awareness Week.

The challenge has been set by the Gloucestershire Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Network for Dementia, a multi-agency organisation which works to improve access to memory assessment and community dementia services for people from BME communities.

The pupils are being asked to design a radio advert, lasting up to 40 seconds, targeting people in Gloucestershire, particularly those who are worried about their memory or someone else’s memory.

The winning advert will be played on Gloucester FM, on 96.6 FM, during Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 15-21 May.

Kathy Holmes, the Engagement and Involvement Lead for Managing Memory Together, part of the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, has been involved in setting the challenge. She said: “There are about 800,000 people in the UK with dementia and understanding of dementia can vary depending on the cultural context. This can lead to a delay in early assessment and access to potential support and treatment options.

“By setting this challenge, we hope to raise awareness of dementia across Gloucestershire and alert people to the signs of this illness, as well as telling them where they can get help.

“We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing what the students create.”

The closing date for entries to the competition is Thursday 17 March and it is open to pupils from all Gloucestershire secondary schools.

The essential elements the advert needs to cover are:

  •  quickly describe how dementia can affect people
  •  help people recognise that dementia is an illness
  •  highlight the importance of getting help early
  •  where to get help: your GP or Managing Memory Together on 0800 694 8800
  •  no longer than 40 seconds in duration.

Entries should be submitted to Kathy Holmes on kathy.holmes2@nhs.net or Rachel Peak on Rachel.peak@nhs.net

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