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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 supporting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) campaign to encourage people to seek support and help when experiencing depression.

Recently released figures from the WHO show that, globally, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability. According to the latest estimates, more than 300million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18 per cent between 2005 and 2015.

Friday 7 April is World Health Day and this year the focus is on encouraging people to seek help and support if they are experiencing depression.

Professor Jane Melton, Director of Integration and Engagement, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These figures highlight why it is so important that we work to reduce the stigma around mental health, so that those who are experiencing depression, and other mental health issues, feel they are able to speak openly about their experiences and seek the help and support they need.

“It is time that we were able to be as open about experiencing mental ill health as we are about any physical health problems.

“Small steps, such as asking someone how they are and really listening to their answer, can benefit the person as well as go some way to reduce the stigma around mental ill health. We’d   like to encourage people to give this some thought and take action, not only on World Health Day, but every day.”

Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. While most people go through periods of feeling down, when you are depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.

With the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery. Treatment for depression usually involves a combination of self-help, talking therapy and medicines.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing depression, there are a number of ways you can get help:

  • You can self-refer to ²gether’s Let’s Talk service, in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, by calling 0800 073 2200 or by visiting talkghc.nhs.uk/refer-yourself
  • Visit your GP, who will be able to advise you on the treatments available and refer you to relevant services

More information about depression is available on ²gether’s website, at https://ghc.nhs.uk/conditions/depression/

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