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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 NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that it has appointed a new non-executive director, Marcia Gallagher.

Marcia brings with her 40 years’ NHS service and her experience both as a qualified accountant and the holder of a number of senior functioning roles in the NHS.

Marcia, who lives in Lydbrook, in the Forest of Dean, worked in both commissioner and provider organisations in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and the West Midlands. More recently, she worked for NHS England, before her retirement in January 2016.

Marcia has had both a professional and personal involvement with mental health services, something that has helped drive her decision to become involved with ²gether. She explained: “I was attracted to ²gether by the good reputation the Trust has, but I also have a personal understanding, through a family member, of the importance of good mental health and the impact it can have on someone’s physical health.

“It’s an area that I am passionate about and one that I have been involved with throughout my career, having spent time on-call in a mental health unit, which gave me a good understanding of operational issues.

“I feel that I can make a difference and, in the words of the Trust, I want to make life better.

“I want to ensure there is high quality patient care available for all service users. I want, where possible, to strive towards a service that is designed around an individual’s specific needs.”

Throughout her career she has undertaken a variety of voluntary work, something she has continued into retirement with her work with the Royal Voluntary Service.

She is keen to use the skills she has developed during her career in her role as non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Trust. Marcia said: “I believe I’ve still got a contribution to make to the NHS. I feel that the skills I have obtained in my career are transferable and will allow me to bring independent advice and a breadth of experience to my role as a non-executive director.”

Marcia recognises the challenges that the Trust faces going forward and feels her experience will be valuable in guiding the Trust through this. She added: “I have no doubt that the Trust is entering an increasingly challenging financial climate, and I want to ensure that I help steer it through that challenging time, while continuing to try to improve the quality of care.

“As chair of the Audit Committee, I want to build upon the good financial systems, processes and governance that already exist within ²gether.

“I am delighted to be joining the trust and see it as a real privilege to be able to make a contribution.”

Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed Marcia’s appointment. She said: “Marcia is a very welcome addition to our team. We look forward to utilising her skills and experience, which will stand her in good stead as a non-executive director. As chair of the Audit Committee, she will have an important role to play in our future development and our continued drive to provide the best possible service to all the communities we serve.”

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