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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.

ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN NOW ELIGIBLE

Public Health England is urging parents and guardians to take up the offer of a free childhood flu vaccination in school this year.

The Flu vaccine is offered in the school setting from Reception to Year 6 and is given as a simple nasal spray – no more injections.

If you have a primary school aged child in Gloucestershire, please return their consent form to school as soon as possible.

Last winter, 9 year old Henry Riley from Cornwall was hospitalized with the flu. This year, Henry and his mum Janine want to encourage children to get the flu vaccine to protect them from catching the flu.

We know that children, even with the best intentions, frequently forget to wash their hands or cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough. This means that children readily spread infections to other family members and friends.

By vaccinating all primary school children we not only help protect children from a nasty illness but also reduce their ability to be these “super spreaders” of this infection.

Vaccinating the school population also helps to protect siblings, parents, grandparents and other vulnerable people and reduces the impact of flu on the rest of the wider community

Dr Julie Yates, Head of Screening and Immunisation at PHE South West said:

“We are so pleased that Year 6 children are now eligible for the flu vaccine which means that all children in primary school can now have this vaccination at school.

“Flu is a really nasty bug and it is not like having a cold. It can have serious complications and can be life threatening. At the very least it can knock you off your feet for days.

“This means absence from school for children and time off work for parents, not to mention the possibility of spreading the bug in families especially in the older more vulnerable community.

“We know that most parents are great at taking up the offer of a flu vaccine for their children. Last year, 62 percent of school aged children had the vaccine in the South West and the region vaccinated 233,309 children, but we want to do better.

“If all eligible children are vaccinated this will help us all and could significantly reduce the number of people getting flu in the wider community.”

“If your child is in primary school (Reception – year 6) they will be offered a free flu vaccination at the school.

“The vaccine for children is no longer an injection; it is a simple nasal spray that takes just a few seconds to administer.

“However to be vaccinated, the flu vaccination school health team have to you’re your consent to give the vaccine and if this hasn’t been received your child may miss out. “

Find out more about our school-aged flu vaccination programme here. 

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