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Help in a crisis

 

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 new piece of artwork has been created by ²gether service users.

The piece was commissioned by our Chair Ruth FitzJohn, and is now on display in her office at Trust headquarters, Rikenel, in Gloucester.

“I approached the occupational therapy department at Wotton Lawn, our Gloucester hospital, and invited them to involve a group of inpatients in creating something new to display in our headquarters building,” Ruth explained.

“I was interested in something which represented ideas of recovery and hope for the future during admission to a mental health unit.”

Working with occupational therapists, the patients discussed their ideas over several weeks. The process involved word gathering, exploration of themes, colours, techniques and materials to be used.

The final result was a mixed media piece of artwork measuring over one metre square.

Some participants found the process challenging and didn’t believe they were in any way artistic. However, when given support and encouragement to participate in the occupational therapy led session, they were surprised by their own achievements.

The process helped everyone involved to develop a sense of pride, which led to an increase in self confidence. It also allowed people to develop new skills or build upon skills they already had.

“The final product is outstanding – thought provoking, colourful and very striking,” Ruth explained.

“I didn’t need it to be beautiful, but did need it to be powerful and to provoke the thoughts of all the visitors to the trust who pass through my office. In fact it is visually stunning as well as completely evocative of struggle, progress and hope”

 

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