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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.

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) takes place from 8-14 May, and has a theme of surviving or thriving.

The Mental Health Foundation, which organises the annual awareness week, want people to consider what steps they can take to look after their own mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life.

²gether NHS Foundation Trust is working with a range of partners to support MHAW and is coordinating and supporting events to raise awareness of mental wellbeing, promote advice and highlight locally available support. We will also be focusing on the personal stories of some of our Experts by Lived Experience.

Professor Jane Melton, our Director of Engagement and Integration, said: “One in four will experience a mental health problem at any given time, with the most common issues including depression, stress and anxiety.

“As a Trust, we are determined to help and support as many people as possible to reach a point where they feel they are recovering their mental health and thriving in their approach to everyday life.  The inspiring stories from people who have expertise of using our services highlight the difference this can make to a person’s experience of life and survival.

“We can all take steps to look after our own mental health and build our resilience to enable us to cope with the demands of day-to-day life. While we work year-round to support people with mental health conditions, Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for us to reach out to even more people.

“We want to spread the message to our local communities that people do not need to struggle alone. There is a lot we can all do to improve our mental health and help is available for anyone who needs it to thrive.”

Events in Gloucestershire

Monday 8 May
  • Information stand, St Lucia Café, Cirencester, 9am – 12:30pm
  • Private viewing of Secrets and Lies exhibition at Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 5pm-7pm
Tuesday 9 May
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council foyer, awareness stand for members of the public. 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 10 May
  • Mental health information event, Roses Theatre coffee shop, Tewkesbury, 2pm – 5pm
  • Information stand outside former BHS in Gloucester, with Independence Trust, 10am – 2pm
Thursday 11 May
  • Stand at Stow Fair, in partnership with Gloucestershire Care Services, Gloucestershire Older Persons Association and Age UK. 10am – 4pm
Friday 12 May
  • Stand at Stroud Market, 9am – 1pm
  • Gloucester City Museum, Carers Gloucestershire Carers’ Forum, which is themed around mental health, 10:30am – 1pm

Events in Herefordshire

  • Tuesday 9 May –10am-2pm, Community Rehabilitation Company event at Hereford Town Hall
Further information

More information about Mental Health Awareness Week is available from the Mental Health Foundation website here.

Our Let’s Talk service runs a number of free courses across both counties, which can help with different aspects of your mental health. To find out more, call 0800 073 2200 or visit www.talkghc.nhs.uk

The Five Steps to Wellbeing can be a good starting point for looking after your own mental health and building resilience. You can find them here.

Personal stories

During MHAW we are sharing stories from people who are living with mental health conditions. Our first story is from Daisy.

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