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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.

This week, 19-25 June, is Learning Disability Week and, this year, the event has a focus on employment, including raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability.

A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. Around 1.5million people in the UK have one. It is thought up to 350,000 people have severe learning disabilities. This figure is increasing.

Steve Campbell, Learning Disabilities Matron Gloucestershire, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a Trust, we provide a range of learning disability services across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, including working closely with our service users to improve services and help them achieve their goals.

“Raising awareness to help people with learning disabilities and supporting them to live their lives to the fullest is a priority for our Trust.”

The Trust works closely with service users with learning disabilities to review the way they work and to make sure material produced by the Trust is accessible to all.

Tania’s Story

Tania Threlfall, from Cheltenham, who works with the Trust in this way, shared her story: “I was born with a mild disability and it did affect me growing up, and it affects how I go about my life now.

“It wasn’t until I went to college that I started sticking up for people who have got a disability. People started to see me as an individual and saw the support that I can offer.

“I started working with 2gether in 2008, and have been going to various group and providing guidance and training. I’ve helped staff to provide support for people with learning disabilities.

“This has really helped my confidence. I’m not at all shy anymore and have come out of my shell.

“I realised that I wanted to work with the community and support disabled people other than myself.

“I want people to not focus on people’s disabilities but to look at what they have got inside them too.”

Into employment

As a Trust, 2gether works closely with organisations such as Forwards to support people with learning disabilities in getting into employment.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said; “Gloucestershire County Council have made a significant investment through Forwards to ensure that people with learning disabilities have the same opportunity as everyone else to achieve their employment aspirations. Some of the services offered through Forwards include personalised support, work clubs, work experience and supported internships.

“One in five people known to the council are now in paid employment. We encourage all employers to discover this dedicated and talented workforce.”

More information

For more information about Forwards, visit http://forwardsgloucestershire.co.uk/index.php

For more information about Learning Disability Services provided by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, visit https://ghc.nhs.uk/other-areas/learning-disabilities/

 

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