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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.

 

image312 May is International Nurses Day.  This marks the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and an opportunity to highlight the excellent work of all nurses.

We are very lucky to have some of the most dedicated and caring mental health nurses in ²gether.  Men and women providing quality care across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire and working in partnership with fellow nurses who are caring for people with physical problems.

Mental health nursing is one of the most demanding and complex areas of nursing.

At ²gether, mental health nurses work in an integrated team that includes psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, arts therapists, healthcare assistants and other professionals.

They care for people of all ages with a wide variety of problems including learning disabilities, substance misuse, learning or behavioural issues and Alzheimer’s.  Users of our services may also have conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia.

Trish Jay, Director of Quality and Performance said: “Nursing is such a rewarding role; no two days are ever the same.  The role can be demanding but also provides the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of the people in our care.”

Trish added “Colleagues within the trust do such a fantastic job and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to the communities we serve.”

Roland Dix, Consultant Nurse within ²gether said: “International Nurses Day is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the developments in nursing and its contribution to healthcare over the centuries. Mental health nursing is one of the most privileged and rewarding roles available in the amongst the huge diversity of nursing specialities.”

For more information about becoming a nurse, please take a look at Nursing Careers by clicking here.  The website includes a personality quiz to help you explore your suitability for different areas of nursing, view video interviews with exisiting nurses and look at some of the misconceptions about pay, progression and status.

Watch the RCN’s fil about key nursing skills for mental health nursing staff.

 

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