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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 with depression are being encouraged to seek help.

Depression is a common, but potentially serious illness, which can have a big impact on people’s lives. However, there are many sources of support available, and no one need suffer in silence.

Alison Sedgewick-Taylor, of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Let’s Talk service, said: “Many of us feel sad or down from time to time, but depression is a medical condition that can have a major impact on daily life.

“When you are depressed, you may feel extreme sadness for a long time, and these feelings can be very debilitating.

“Depression may make you withdrawn, make you less productive at work, damage your relationships with your friends and family and generally make you feel life is not worthwhile.

“Physical symptoms of depression also include changes in appetite, disturbed sleep patterns and unexplained aches and pains.

“However, there are lots of sources of support and many ways in which people with depression can be helped to overcome their illness.

“No one should suffer alone with this condition and I’d encourage anyone who feels they may be depressed to seek help.”

If you believe you are suffering from depression you should firstly visit your GP for advice. You may then be referred on to an organisation like ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

If you live in Gloucestershire you can also access support directly through our Let’s Talk service. The service website (http://www.letstalk²gether.nhs.uk/) includes self help material, as well as a questionnaire where you can see whether or not you are depressed.

Let’s Talk also runs courses around the county, helping to improve general mental wellbeing. Ring Let’s Talk on 0800 073 2200.

April 15 to 21 is national Depression Awareness Week, which is organised by the Depression Allicance. http://www.depressionalliance.org/

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