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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 importance of healthy eating and good hydration will be promoted during a week-long series of events being organised by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. 
 
Annual international Nutrition and Hydration week takes place from March 16 to 22, to focus attention on the importance of eating and drinking the right things for good health and wellbeing. 
 
Carly Atkinson, who is a Specialist Dietitian and ²gether’s Nutritional Lead, said it was a great way to highlight the importance of these issues to service users, carer and staff. 
 
“What we eat and drink has a huge bearing upon our physical and mental wellbeing,” Carly explained. 
 
“This is why we ensure that the food we provide in our inpatient settings is high quality and nutritious, and we make sure that our service users are regularly given fluids to maintain their hydration levels.
 
“We also make sure that our staff working in the community speak to service users and carers about nutrition. It’s so important to maintain a healthy diet to support a healthy lifestyle.” 
 
Events taking place within ²gether to mark the week include: 
 
  • A ‘Come Dine with Me’ competition throughout the week at Oak House, in Hereford – with a prize for the person who comes up with the most nutritious and delicious menu
  • ‘Taster sessions’ for people to sample the new catering menu at the Stonebow Unit, in Hereford
  • A ‘bake off challenge’, also at Stonebow, along with a nutrition and hydration quiz 
  • Healthy smoothie making activities will take place in various Trust wards 
  • At Wotton Lawn Hospital, in Gloucester, the focus will be on cutting back on sugary drinks
  • At Charlton Lane Hospital, in Cheltenham, we will be raising awareness of malnutrition and dysphagia, with tasting sessions for altered texture diets and nutrition supplements, along with fruit tasting sessions on the wards
  • The Friday fluid challenge will be taking place, encouraging individuals to record the amount of fluids they are consuming and comparing that against recommended guidlines
 
Michael Banks, who is the Trust Facilities Manager for Hotel Services and National Council Representative for the Hospital Caterers Association(HCA), said: “This is the 4th annual Nutrition and Hydration Week and with each year it has gathered more momentum and interest from different sectors of the organisation.  
 
“This year will be bigger and better with more events and more teams taking part.  Last year over 2000 care events took place across the world in 17 countries and over 75% of NHS hospitals took part.  The aim of the week – a joint initiative led by the HCA, NHS England and the National Association of Care Caterers (NACC) – is to highlight to patients, visitors and staff how they can improve their quality of life by thinking about what they eat and drink and making a few small changes to their lifestyles.  
 
“The week is supported by many organisations including the British Association for Paranetel and Enteral Nutrition, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Dietetic Association. 
 
“The national highlights of the week will be Suppertime Tuesday on the 17th and Worldwide Afternoon Tea day on Wednesday 18th which has a Canadian theme in support of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management and the challenge is to get the tea party to as many countries as in the World Cup …32!
 
“We are also using the week to promote not only our catering services and the special dietary needs of our patients but also the many other important services within our Trust – dietetic support, weight management, speech and language services (dysphagia) and occupational therapy services to mention a few because nutritional care is everyone’s business and we all have a role to play in bringing about a reduction in malnutrition-related illnesses.”
 
Nutrition and Hydration Week was created by two leading professional associations  – the Hospital Caterers Association and National Association of Care Catering. 
 
The mission of the week is to create a global movement to reinforce and focus energy, activity, and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience, and safety improvement in health and social care settings. 
 
For more information about the week click here. 
 
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