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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 has celebrated the official opening of the Fritchie Centre, its Research ²gether centre and Managing Memory base.

The existing Trust building at Charlton Lane, Cheltenham, has been refurbished to provide the Trust with a dedicated base for research, and also to respond to increased demand from those affected by dementia and other long-term mental and physical health conditions. 

The new centre is named in honour of former Trust chair, Baroness Rennie Fritchie, whio performed the official opening.

The Research ²gether Centre provides a base for the Trust’s research team, who support and deliver research opportunities for patients and carers across all our services in mental health and learning disabilities, both at the centre and in the community.

The primary focus of our current research will be into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The Trust wants to help understand the causes of dementia and find ways of diagnosing it earlier and more accurately.

The Trust also wants to contribute towards research that helps to develop more effective treatments, as evidenced by the recently announced partnership between ²gether and Cobalt Health. The partnership will contribute to improving standards of care for dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease at a local level, while also contributing to the wider health research environment nationally and internationally.

Genevieve Riley, Head of Research and Development, Research ²gether, said: “The development of the new Fritchie Centre is an exciting time for research services in ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

“For many years, we have had a skilled, dedicated group of clinicians who work on national research studies, as well as developing their own ideas. The Research Centre will give us a fantastic opportunity to expand our clinical trial portfolio and help us work towards our vision of being a world-class centre of practice-based research.

“We want to provide more opportunities for patients and carers to be informed about research they can participate in locally that could make a difference to their lives and the lives of others, and we will be doing this in partnership with Cobalt Health and our primary care colleagues.”

Research ²gether will be working closely with the Trust’s Managing Memory service, which provides an assessment, dementia diagnosis and treatment service, and will be based at the Fritchie Centre.

Peter FitzPatrick, Managing Memory Together Team Manager, said: “The new base for Managing Memory will give us a greater presence and also a better carer and service user experience. It will also enable us to have an enhanced and closer working relationship with the research team, which will allow us to improve our collaboration.”

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