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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.

²gether NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire to speak openly about mental health.

The Trust is supporting national Time to Talk Day on Thursday 4 February, which aims to encourage people all over the country to take five minutes to have a conversation about mental health.

The conversations can take place anywhere and with anyone, such as with friends, family, work colleagues, fellow students, and in workplaces, schools, colleges, in the community and even online.

Time To Talk Day is organised by national anti-stigma campaign Time to Change. ²gether is holding a number of events in the two counties to provide support, information and encouragement for those who want to start a conversation.

Dominika Lipska-Rosecka, Social Inclusion Team Manager with ²gether, explained why the trust is supporting Time To Talk. She said: “Many people feel that mental health is still a taboo subject. We want to encourage people to talk about their condition and to feel that they can seek help when they need to.

“We have arranged a number of events for Time To Talk Day to try to encourage people to have these important conversations and to think about their mental health.

“One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health condition each year so we need to speak as openly about mental health as we do about every other aspect of our health and wellbeing.

“Although Time To Talk Day is a simple concept, we believe it could be very effective in breaking down the stigma that exists around mental health. We would encourage everyone to use the day to take five minutes to discuss mental health and well-being with anyone they wish.”

Events will be taking place across the UK to mark the day and the trust is supporting several in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. They are:

  • Gloucester Get ²gether – an event focusing on young people’s mental health, taking place at Gloucestershire College from 5-7.30pm on 4 February. Anyone wishing to attend will need to register by contacting 2gnft.comms@nhs.net
  • The Trust will have stands at:
    • King’s Walk, Gloucester, from 10am-2pm, Wednesday 3 February
    • Herefordshire and Ludlow College library, from 10am-2pm, Thursday 4 February
    • Cheltenham Borough Council Community Engagement team is holding Time to Talk sessions, supported by the Trust, at two of their Cheltenham Our Place hubs. They are:
      • St Paul’s group, St Paul’s Community Hub Internet Café, St Paul’s Walk, from 8.30-11am, Thursday 4 February
  • We’ll also be assisting with stands set up by Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire County Council for their employees.
  • We’ll be facilitating a workshop for Cheltenham Borough Council employees on tackling stigma, as well as supporting them in holding a tea and talk event for their staff.

To find out more about Time to Talk Day and get involved, click here.

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