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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.

A scheme set up to help mental health patients to be more active is growing from strength to strength.

The Growing ²gether scheme is based at the Hayden Road allotments, in Cheltenham, and service users from the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust as well as other agencies attend regular sessions there.

Alicia Talbot, an Exercise and Health Practitioner with the Trust’s Cheltenham Assertive Outreach Team, runs the sessions, with support from ²gether staff and local Community Health Trainers.

She said that the people who take part– most of whom have a severe and enduring mental illness – are benefitting hugely from the exercise, fresh air, sense of satisfaction and social opportunities offered by the scheme.

She said: “Green exercise has proven mental and physical health benefits, and has emerged as a simple, low-cost, therapeutic activity, for individuals experiencing mental health problems.

“Through the allotment, our clients can work together to plan, prepare and grow produce, take the produce home to cook healthy meals, learn life skills, and improve their physical and mental health in the great outdoors.

“It’s also about getting out and meeting other people, providing routine and structure, improving communication skills and gaining a sense of achievement from what they are doing.

“Being physically active is really important for mental health and wellbeing, but not everyone wants to go to the gym, start running or take part in competitive sport.

“Gardening is something that appeals to many people, and our sessions are regularly attended, even in the depths of winter.”

When the site was originally rented by ²gether, it was uncared for, with old play equipment and long grass covering it.

Since then it has been transformed into a viable growing area, with a shed, a path and seating area, compost bins, tools, a bench, water butt and fencing all installed.  

As well as ²gether’s service users, the plot is also used by clients of local Community Health Trainers. The allotment scheme was granted funding from the Cheltenham Partnership’s NHS Reducing Health Inequalities ‘Olympic Legacy’ Fund and is supported by Cheltenham Borough Council’s Healthy Lifestyles Department and Vision 21, a not for profit, independent, environmental sustainability organisation, which provides a consultancy service to the allotment scheme.  Vision 21 also run a series of free ‘Grow your Own’ workshops, which  service users and staff are able to access for further information and advice.

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