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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.

People affected by eating disorders are being urged to seek support, during national Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which starts today (Feb 11).

It’s thought that more than 1.6 million people in the UK suffer with eating disorders.

However, there are many sources of support for those struggling with this form of illness.

Sam Clark-Stone, Lead Clinician with ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Eating Disorders Service, based in Cheltenham, said eating disorders are surprisingly common.

“Eating disorders are relatively common, particularly in adolescent girls, which is the typical image people have when they think of this condition,” he said.

“However, while most eating disorders start in adolescence, they can start in early adulthood and sometimes later. Boys and men do also develop eating disorders, although this is less common.

“Eating disorders can be very debilitating and have a lasting impact, both physically and mentally, as well as socially and in terms of education and employment.

“The condition can be very hard to treat as the person affected often doesn’t see themselves as ill. Adolescents are usually brought to see us by their parents, although they often don’t want to attend appointments.

“As well as professional health services, there are also a number of support groups in existence, so I would urge anyone who has an eating disorder or anyone who believes someone they know has one to seek help.”

Eating disorders – which include anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating – mean the sufferer judges their self-worth in terms of their weight, shape and control of eating.

Treatments include family based therapy – where family members are supported to help the sufferer to eat normally and gain weight – admission to a hospital or day unit to save someone from the physical ill effects of weight loss, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

There are a number of support groups for people with eating disorders, including the Gloucestershire Beat (Eating Disorders Association) Support Group, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.

The group is run by Pat Ayres MBE, a ²gether Public Governor, from Kemble. Pat set up the group after her own experience of caring for her daughter, who had an eating disorder for 10 years.

The group meets in Cirencester on the first Wednesday of each month.

Pat said: “We always welcome new people into our group. I know from personal experience how traumatic and isolating supporting someone with an eating disorder can be, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to offer help to those suffering for such a long time.”

Anyone concerned a loved one or friend may be suffering from an eating disorder can look out for the following warning signs:

· Weight loss
· Dizziness, tiredness and fainting
· Feeling cold
· Strange behaviour around food
· Hiding, collecting and storing food
· Secretive eating
· Excessive exercising
· Fear of gaining weight
· Self dislike
· Moodiness
· Excessive perfectionism

To read about ²gether’s Eating Disorders Service click here.

²gether also runs a support group for adults and carers of those with eating disorders. The group meets in Cheltenham fortnightly on Tuesday evenings. For further information please ring 01242 634242.

To find out more about the Gloucestershire EDA Support Group please click here or ring Pat Ayres on 01285 770385.

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