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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.

 

 

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust invites the public to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 11 October at Kingsholm Rugby Club, Gloucester.

The formal AGM session itself will commence at 5pm, however, members of the public are invited to attend from 3.30pm where Trust staff and health and social care partners will host an exhibition.

The exhibition will focus on innovations across a broad range of the Trust’s community services. The Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation team will be promoting cancer awareness and offering advice and education on how to support those affected by, and living with, a cancer diagnosis. This will also include a walk through inflatable replica of the human colon providing a unique and educational look at bowel cancer and its consequences. 

You can also learn how to knit a twiddle muff – they’re simple-to-make – and are comforting and therapeutic for many patients with Alzheimer’s, arthritis and dementia, as they help encourage movement and brain stimulation.

The formal AGM session will include an overview of the Trust’s financial position, a summary of key achievements over the last 12 months and a look ahead to future plans for community services. Members of the public will also have an opportunity to put questions to members of the Trust board. This session will run between 5pm and 6pm.

Chair Ingrid Barker said: “The AGM is open to all members of the public and offers everyone the opportunity to share their views with us, and participate in learning more about the activities of the Trust. People will also have the chance to find out about a number of our new services offering innovative approaches to patient care.’ 

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