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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.

²gether staff member Lydia Thompson will play for England Women’s rugby side when they take on Scotland in the Six Nations this Sunday.

Lydia, 21, is Social Inclusion Development Worker for the Trust’s South Locality – covering Stroud, Cirencester and the South Cotswolds.

But she has a busy few weeks ahead of her, because after her trip to Aberdeen on the weekend she flies straight out to Atlanta and then Brazil to play in the Women’s IRB Sevens tournament.

Lydia, who is a winger for Worcester Warriors, already has a number of international games, including previous six nations clashes, under her belt, but says she’s excited at the prospect of the game this weekend.

She said: “I’m really pleased to have been selected and very excited to take part in the Scotland match.

“We’ve got a mixed squad, with some more experienced players and some less experienced, so it will be great to see how we all play together.

“It’s my second time playing in a Six Nations tournament and they are always great occasions. I’m really looking forward to playing on the weekend as well as the Sevens tournament after that.”

In her day job Lydia helps to educate people about mental wellbeing, works with local employers, organisations and voluntary sector services to raise awareness of mental health and ensure access to opportunities for those who use ²gether services.  She also works alongside service users and carers to understand their needs and promotes the range of support and advice available to people with mental illness and their carers.
 
She started her rugby playing career with Stourbridge when she was 13, and made her national debut against Spain in the 2012 European Cup. In that match she scored a hat-trick, with two of her three tries coming within the space of four minutes.

Lydia has also been selected to join the England World Cup training camps taking place this year.

Social Inclusion Team manager Rebecca Shute said: “We are all wishing Lydia well for her forthcoming England matches and are looking forward to hearing about her experiences when she returns. We are all really proud of Lydia’s sporting achievements.”

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