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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.

Men across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire are being urged to talk about and seek help for mental health problems during Men’s Health Week, which starts today (June 10).

Men’s Health Week is an annual event promoted by the Men’s Health Forum, and this year the campaign is focussing on tackling stigma in men’s mental health and promoting mental well-being for men.

Despite the fact that men and women experience mental health problems in roughly equal numbers, men are much less likely to be diagnosed and treated for it.

That’s something that needs to change, according to Dr Chris Fear, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director at ²gether.

He said: “Men are often reluctant to seek support, feeling that mental health problems are a sign of weakness.

“We need to overcome this stigma and speak out, so that men feel more confident to come forward and seek the support they need.

“After all, one in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in our lives, and often the hardest thing is admitting there is a problem in the first place.

“Too many men ‘self-medicate’ by drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs, when there are a whole host of support services and treatments available to them.

“I’d urge any men struggling with mental health problems to speak to their GP or another health professional and if you know a man who seems to be struggling with their mental wellbeing, please encourage them to talk to someone about it.”

Another man keen to encourage others to seek help with mental health problems is 52-year-old Gloucester builder David Holder.

David, from Abbeymead, was diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder following his admission to an Acute Mental Health Ward when he was 26. He’s since written a book about his experiences – The Psychotic Episode – and volunteers with ²gether, offering support and hope to people going through similar experiences to his own.

He said men should not feel embarrassed about speaking about mental health issues or seeking help.

“I speak very openly about my experiences, both through public speaking and generally to people I meet and the people I do work for,” he explained.

“I always tell men I know that it’s not their fault and there’s no shame in it. There’s too much stigma attached to mental illness and we need to combat it.”

To read about the services ²gether offers, including our Let’s Talk service which offers information, guidance and therapy for people suffering with stress, anxiety, depression or similar conditions, please visit www.²gether.nhs.uk

To read more about Men’s Health Week and the Men’s Health Forum campaign, please visit http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw

*Please note, this press release was reposted after the event, due to technical issues with this website*

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