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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.

Rodborough Parish Council has become the latest organisation to join a Gloucestershire-wide campaign to tackle stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health conditions.

The council held a mental health awareness event at its most recent meeting, where councillors were given a presentation by members of the ‘Gloucestershire Tackles Stigma’ group, which is a partnership of health and community organisations.

The event was part of an ongoing programme of sessions with businesses and organisations across Gloucestershire, aimed at explaining the prevalence of mental health problems and how help and support is provided.

Phil Blomberg, Chair of Rodborough Parish Council, said: "We received the presentation from the ‘Gloucestershire Tackles Stigma’ group with great interest.

"We were shocked to hear how common mental health conditions are in Britain. At the same time we learnt how effective it can be to take simple measures to tackle stigma and discrimination wherever it is encountered.

"Rodborough Parish Council, as with any parish or town council, is in a unique position in local government as it is constantly in local contact with the community as well as potentially being able to help, advise or refer on a great deal of matters, signposting to specialist help where needed.

"Rodborough Parish Council is happy to join the campaign, and looks forward to working with the group in the future, in tackling mental health stigma and discrimination."

Kathryn Charlesworth, of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, met the council alongside Dan Beale-Cox, who is co-chair of the countywide Tackling Stigma group.

Kathryn said: "We were delighted to be invited to Rodborough Parish Council and to speak to them about mental health.

"One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, so mental health conditions are very common yet many people are still nervous to speak openly about it. The parish council has demonstrated its commitment to tackling the stigma around mental illness and we’re really glad that they can spread this message further into their community."

To read more about the Tackling Stigma campaign and find out which other organisations are involved, click here.

If you are experiencing a mental health issue, or you have concerns about someone who is, please speak to your GP. You can also ring the local NHS Let’s Talk service on 0800 073 2200 or visit www.talk²gether.nhs.uk for help with conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression.

Another useful source of mental health information and advice is www.time-to-change.org.uk

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