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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.

The theme of this year’s awareness raising week is ‘body image’ – how we think and feel about our bodies. Just over 34% of people feel down about the way they look according to recent research. Being unhappy about the image we project to the world has a big impact on our mental health and wellbeing and in some cases can lead to more serious conditions.

Body image can be affected by a number of things including:

  • Our relationships with our family and friends
  • How our family and peers feel and speak about bodies and appearance
  • Exposure to images of idealised or unrealistic bodies through media or social media
  • Pressure to look a certain way or to match an ‘ideal’ body type

Other issues can also have an impact on body image and mental health that are specific to certain factors and experiences, such as:

  • Long-term health conditions
  • Cultural differences around body ideals
  • Gender and sexuality

According to research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation with YouGov in March this year, one in five adults (20%) felt shame about the way they look, just over one third (34%) felt down or low, and 19% felt disgusted because of their body image. You can read a case study by a 2gether service user who has shared her experience of body dysmorphia here.

You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MHAW2019 and #BeBodyKind. Events and activities are taking place across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire in support of MHAW 2019 which runs until Sunday 19 May.

Wednesday 15 May

  • The Communications Team will be at Hereford Library from 10am to 4pm.
  • The Social Inclusion Team will be at Tewkesbury Borough Council offices.
    In Hereford at the Council Foyer the info cart will be manned at lunchtime from 12pm – 14.30pm

Thursday 16 May

  • The Social Inclusion Team will be at Tesco in Stow-on-the-Wold.
  • Hereford Library – information stand manned from 11am – 2.30pm by 2gether’s Community Older Adults Mental Health Team.

Friday 17 May

  • Hereford Library – information stand manned 11am – 2.30pm by 2gether’s Community Older Adults Mental Health Team.
  • There will be a multi-agency information stand outside the Shambles Market in Stroud from 9am to 2pm.
  • The Information Bus will be at Ebley Mill from 9am to 1:30pm and Nailsworth Bus Station between 3pm and 5pm.
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