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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.

A college set up to help people recover from mental illness will be running new courses later this year.

The Severn and Wye Recovery College was established in 2013 by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust and other partner organisations.

Free courses will be held in Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham from September onwards, and taster days are being held during August to enable prospective students to find out more.

"The Recovery College is now well established and we have many examples of students who say our courses have had a significant positive impact upon their lives," said Jo Denney, project lead from ²gether.

"Our courses offer a relatively new approach to recovering from mental illness. We teach our students the skills to manage their own condition and stay well, as well as gain the confidence, life skills and knowledge to live their lives to the full.

"Some of our students have used it as a springboard onto other things – some are now in employment or have signed up for other educational courses.

"Our tutors are people who have lived with mental illness themselves, and they are able to share their own experiences and have a common bond with the students.

"We’re really pleased to have the opportunity to offer more courses this autumn and looking forward to enrolling students at our taster days where a full prospectus will be available."

Severn and Wye Recovery College courses are aimed at anyone with experience of enduring mental illness, aged 16 and over, who is registered with a GP in Gloucestershire and receiving services from ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. People who have recently left our services within the last six months can also enrol themselves. Places are also available for carers and professionals working to support people with mental illness.

Taster days are being held as follows:

  •  Monday August 10 – 9.30am until 12.30pm – Stroud College
  •  Monday August 17 – 9.30am until 12.30pm – Stroud College
  •  Monday December 7 – 9.30am until 12.30pm – Hesters Way Neighbourhood Project, Cheltenham
  •  Monday December 14 – 9.30am until 12.30pm – Hesters Way Neighbourhood Project, Cheltenham

To attend, please ring Jackie Baker on 01452 894204 or email recoverycollege@glos.nhs.uk

Further details are available by visiting the College website by clicking here.

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