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Help in a crisis

 

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.

 

NHS choices has information on formula feeding here

Handy guides to portion size and diet are available for two age groups:

  • For one and two-year-olds here
  • For three and four-year-olds here

The Change4Life Sugar Smart app is designed to show quickly and easily how much total sugar is in the things you’re buying, eating and drinking, to help you spot it more easily so you can make healthier choices and cut your sugar intake. Find out more here.

BMI is a good way to check if you are a healthy weight. Use the BMI calculator to check the whole family and find helpful information and advice. BMI is a measure of whether you’re a healthy weight for your height. It is available here.

Information on vitamins for children is available here

Guidance on Vitamin D is available here
Vitamin D may help reduce Type 1 Diabetes risk in susceptible children

Born to Move is a free NHS app to help parents or carers with their new-born babyies, right up to pre-school. It’s packed with advice, tips and games that you can play with your child to support their development. It is available here.

A guide to physical activity in early years is available here

First Steps Nutrition

First Steps Nutrition Trust is an independent public health nutrition charity that provides information and resources to support eating well from pre-conception to five years.

Its mission is to:

  • ensure that everyone working to support mums-to-be and young families has access to independent, expert and practical ‘eating well’ resources

  • provide up-to-date information on infant milks for sale in the UK and promote better regulation and marketing of breastmilk substitutes

  • contribute to good policy and practice throughout the UK and ensures that the importance of good nutrition from pre-conception to five remains on everyone’s agenda.

To find out more about First Steps Nutrition, visit its website here.

New Start4Life weaning resources now available

 

 

Introducing your baby to solid foods, also referred to as weaning or complementary feeding, starts when your baby is around six months old. Your baby should be introduced to a varied diet, alongside their usual breast milk or infant formula.

Start4Life has launched a new Weaning Section on its website, which provides lots of information and advice on introducing your baby to solid foods.

To visit the Start4Life weaning web page click here.

 

 

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