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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.

I’m going to take you back (as briefly as I can) to the day my life changed, forever. Like many I was young lad with no cares, loving life. Aged six, everything changed forever when I became a victim of sexual abuse. I lost my spark; I started being affected by things that no person should experience.

I was alone and vulnerable, like a candle that had been put out abruptly. As the months went on, I felt I didn’t belong. The problem was, people noticed me secluding myself, and so the bullying began. Bullying isn’t black and white, it comes in various forms and it took its toll on me, until I was 20 years old.

As a teen I suffered with depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but with a lack of understanding it was hard to get help. I was always a skinny kid so it was easy for me to disguise that I was struggling, dealing with bulimia and getting weaker by the day. High school is hard enough but with what was going on in my head I felt like I was in complete darkness, with no way towards the light. That led to an attempt to take my own life.

Age 15, I told my parents what happened when I was six.  I remember it vividly. All of us sat in a room, crying, me feeling detached from reality, with no emotion. A year or so later, I found my first love – basketball. The problem was that, because it was an escape, it became destructive to my physical health. It started out with a couple of hours, then a couple more, until eventually I was playing up to 10 hours a day.  My coach looked me in the eyes and told me if I didn’t start eating, I wouldn’t be around much longer. A few weeks later, faced with the threat of losing my lifeline altogether I decided to work on fixing my issues.

I eventually went on to university, where my mental health deteriorated quickly resulting in self-harm, and another attempt to take my own life.  But one good thing came from university: I met my now wife.

In 2014, I moved to Scotland, by myself, pursuing my basketball career.  Injury in my first ever training session with my new team led me to realise I no longer loved the game; I didn’t need that lifeline any more.

After 18 years, I had enough and decided I was ready to seek help.  Going to the GP was the first step. Asking for help was an alien concept and the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  I was put on anti-depressants and referred to 2gether’s ‘Let’s Talk’ service. Eighteen months on and I’m following my own dream of making people’s lives better by running my own company and tackling the stigma around mental health.

I’m 26 now, with an understanding of my emotions and a smile on my face. I’m determined to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health, from the inside out. To all of you who have read this, you’re so much stronger than you think you are. You’re capable of anything.

Help and support

Our Let’s Talk service can offer help and support if you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, please visit www.talkghc.nhs.uk for more information. You can refer yourself to Let’s Talk or you can ask your GP to refer you.

If you think you may have a mental  health condition, you should visit your GP who will be able to help you further. If your GP agrees, they will refer you to our services so you can be assessed and given help and support. For further information about mental health conditions click here

Pete has his own website to raise awareness of mental illness called ‘What Were You Born to Do’.

If you would like further support with any of the issues highlighted in this blog you can also click here 

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