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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.


Your kind of county

The county of Gloucestershire is located in South West England.  The area is home to the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Forest of Dean, as well as the Severn Vale which lies between the two. The county is associated with picturesque villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury, Broadwell and Didbrook; as well as the regency town of Cheltenham and the bustling market towns of Tewkesbury and Cirencester.

Travel and transport

The county is easily accessible by car, including the M5 motorway from Bristol to Birmingham, with convenient links to the M4 (connecting Bristol to Reading) and the M40 (which links London to Birmingham). Together with main line rail networks this puts Gloucestershire within easy reach of many metropolitan areas; Oxford and London to the east, Birmingham to the north, Bristol to the south and Cardiff to the west.

Direct trains to London Paddington run from both Gloucester and Cheltenham and there are also direct services to Bristol, Cardiff, and Birmingham.  There are trains to major airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick operating from stations across the county.  Direct trains from Gloucester to London take less than two hours.

Airports at Birmingham and Bristol are within an hour’s drive, offering flights to a wide range of domestic and international destinations.

Education

The quality of education in the county is amongst the best in the country. Gloucester has a wide range of primary, secondary, grammar schools, boys and girls schools and is home to a number of private schools.

Further education is available through Stroud College of Further Education, Forest of Dean College of Further Education, Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology (GlosCAT) and the University of Gloucestershire.

Lifestyle

Gloucestershire is rich in ancient woodland, meadows and rolling hills, dotted with honey-coloured stone cottages. Meanwhile, our towns are packed with quirky shops, tea rooms and traditional inns.

Walking, horse riding, cycling and more adventurous sports such as climbing are all popular. For the more adventurous, the Forest of Dean offers mountain biking, zip wiring, kayaking as well as the long distance paths of Offa’s Dyke Path and Wye Valley Walk which begin in the forest. In the south of the county, the Cotswold Water Park provides a range of water sport activities.

But there’s also plenty to do in the city of Gloucester and other major towns such as Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud and Tewkesbury. Boutiques, theatres, pubs and cafés line the winding streets. In summer, festivals such as WOMAD mark the area’s history, food and culture and draw large crowds. Cheltenham is also home to large jazz, literature, science, and music festivals, as well as smaller festivals for comedy, cocktails and cricket.

House prices are affordable across the county and you can find examples of house prices on a range of commercial property websites, such as here and here

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