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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.

²gether NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to welcome a second new non-executive director to the Trust board.

Duncan Sutherland, who lives just outside Hereford, brings with him years’ of experience as a non-executive director of a number of public companies.

Duncan was non-executive director of the British Waterways Board for eight years before stepping down. He is currently a non-executive director for High Speed 2, in a role focusing on economic growth, regeneration and property. His other non-executive director post is with the South Bank Sinfonia, which works with music graduates.

He is also a director of Sigma, a specialist regeneration company, working with local authorities.

Duncan said the role with the Trust appealed to him because it would allow him to draw on his previous experience, while being involved with a local organisation.

He explained: “I thought the Trust role looked very interesting when I saw it. ²gether looked like a really good Trust and had an excellent reputation, which was a big attraction. I also really wanted to be involved with a local organisation, as that wasn’t something I’d done before.

“I’d worked for several councils at a senior level, and my areas of responsibility had included planning, housing and regeneration, as well as social care. I want to draw on this experience for this new role.

“I’ve also had firsthand experience of mental health issues after my mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia six or seven years ago.”

Duncan is looking forward to finding out more about the services the Trust offers and how it operates. He has already identified areas of the Trust he is keen to be involved in. He added: “I’m looking forward to my induction and am planning to do a lot of reading and asking questions to find out information. I also want to get out and about to different areas of the Trust and talking to staff and service users.

“I’m very interested in the specific issues facing the Herefordshire side of the Trust and I hope to use my skills in helping to resolve some of those. We need to look at how we plan and manage those issues.

“The Trust as a whole is facing a period of financial challenges and I’m looking forward to working with the Board to help the Trust react to that and create strategies to mitigate against these upcoming issues.”

Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of the Trust, welcomed Duncan to the Board. She said: “Duncan’s personal interest in Herefordshire and the valuable skills he brings with him will make him an asset to the Board. I’m very much looking forward to working with him to take the Trust forward and to hearing his views on how we can react to the financial challenges facing us.”

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