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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.

Former ambassador Quinton Quayle hopes that his diplomatic career and role in international trade and investment will bring a new viewpoint to the Trust board.

During his diplomatic career, Quinton served as British Ambassador to Romania, Thailand and Laos, before retiring five years ago. Since then, he has taken on a number of board roles with a focus on regulation in the public interest, including serving as a lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). He has also worked as an advisor to multinational companies, including Prudential and De La Rue.

Quinton, who lives in a small village in north Gloucestershire, said he is looking forward to using his experience in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of the Trust.

He said: “I am passionate about the NHS as an institution and the experience of serving overseas in various countries has reinforced my appreciation of the value of the NHS as an institution which is free for all. Many other countries that I have visited either have a very basic service or a service run for profit.”

Quinton ‘s interest in the mental health and learning disability field developed  during his time in Thailand and Romania, when he worked with British charities which were helping people with physical disabilities and mental health issues, including children.

He also feels that the skills and knowledge he has developed in his current role with the NMC will be of value. He added: “I have very much enjoyed my time with the NMC and it has allowed me to enhance my understanding of health issues, as well as regulation, which will both be applicable to the Trust.”

He is looking forward to working with the Chair and Board to take the Trust forward. He explained: “One of the challenges facing the Trust is a financial one; the expectation people have of the health service is high and it’s always going to be difficult to reconcile working to budget with giving the best possible service to people.

“I see communication with external stakeholders as very important and this is a skill that I developed during my time as a diplomat. I also want to extend the Trust’s outreach, particularly with the private sector, and encourage more companies to employ people with mental health conditions.”

Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of the Trust, said she was keen to utilise Quinton’s experience: “Quinton is a very welcome addition to the board. His background is unusual and brings together a range of experiences which will add value to the Trust and I am looking forward to working with him.”

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