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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 Gloucestershire rugby club is tackling stigma around mental ill health.

Dursley Rugby Football Club has joined forces with the Gloucestershire Tackling Stigma partnership, a multi-agency group which works to reduce the stigma around mental illness.

The Tackling Stigma group includes NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Hospitals  NHS Foundation Trust, Independence Trust, Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary, ISIS Women’s Centre and Healthwatch Gloucestershire.

The group, which meets regularly, has a focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and tackling stigma within sport.  As part of this, the group has produced a series of themed stickers and is working with a number of National Governing Bodies and sports clubs to spread the word.

Jane Bullows, Sport and Health Development Manager at Stroud District Council, is one of the representatives of the Tackling Stigma group. On visiting Dursley RFC she said: “We know that one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives and we want to encourage them to feel more safe, supported and able to talk about their feelings.

“Sport is known for its inclusivity and we aim to encourage sports clubs, whether it be spectators, players, coaches or officials, to be more aware of their mental and emotional wellbeing and to know where to gain further support. Dursley RFC is a great proponent of a positive and proactive club and the first to show their support for this campaign.”

Melissa Bundy, aged 31, plays front row for Dursley RFC ladies’ team. As someone who has experienced mental health issues, she understands the importance of tackling the stigma around this area.

She said: “I suffer with depression and anxiety, so going to the club when I joined was a massive thing for me.

“But I was welcomed with open arms and now these ladies are more than just team mates; they are my mates and my extended family. The game and the club has made me more confident about myself and I look forward to the future of Dursley ladies.”

 

Nicola Davies, Marketing and PR Officer, Dursley RFC, added: “Sport has long been promoted as a way to look after your physical health, but it’s also proven to have a positive effect on your mental health as well.

 

“Our club is a community where we want everyone to feel safe and supported, able to discuss how they are feeling without any stigma or fear of repercussions. We fully support this campaign to kick mental health stigma into touch.”

 

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