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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.

Anyone feeling overwhelmed by their thoughts, feelings, responsibilities or worries could benefit from a course being established in Gloucester from June 5.

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course delivered by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Let’s Talk service, will offer a practical, non-medical approach to coping with anxiety and stress.

Gill Turnbull, from Let’s Talk, said that a mindfulness approach to people’s distress could have a significant impact on improving their physical and mental wellbeing.

“Most of us find ourselves frequently ‘swept away’ by the current of thoughts and feelings, worries, pressures, responsibilities and the feeling of wanting things to be different from how they are right now,” Gill said.

“This can be particularly powerful when we are faced with emotional or physical pain, life stresses and illness that challenge our attempts to find a solution or to feel better.

“Feeling stuck in this way can be draining. Mindfulness-based approaches are intended to teach people practical skills that can help with physical and psychological health problems and ongoing life stresses.

“Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a group-based programme for people with a wide range of physical problems and who experience anxiety and depression. It has been extensively studied since the late 1970s and there is evidence of significant positive effects on participants with generalised anxiety disorder, panic, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and other conditions.

“The programme is taught in eight weekly sessions for 2 hours and involves intensive training in mindfulness meditation together with discussion on stress and life skills. Participants are given CDs and are asked to practise the meditations for up to 45 minutes daily and to do informal practice whilst doing their day to day activities.”

The group will meet weekly from Wednesday June 5 until Wednesday July 24, from 6 until 8pm, at Gloucestershire College, Llanthony Rd, Gloucester.

Places are limited so please ring 0800 073 2200 to register for a place on the course.

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