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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.

GRiP stands for Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis and we work with young people aged between 14 and 35 who are experiencing or who are at risk of experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

GRiP is sometimes called ‘the early intervention service’ and our equivalent service in Herefordshire is called just that. The support we provide can last for three to four years. We help people to recover from psychotic episodes and reduce the chance of experiencing further episodes.

Our service is made up of a team of professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, health and exercise practitioners, social workers and support workers.

Psychosis affects approximately 3 in every 100 people. Anyone can suffer from it regardless of age, culture or background. Psychosis usually develops between the ages of 14 and 35 and symptoms may develop over weeks or months.

In basic terms psychosis is a significant condition of the mind, when you lose touch with reality. Typical symptoms include experiencing things that aren’t there, like seeing things, hearing voices, or believing things that aren’t true.

Psychosis can make your thinking disorganised, meaning you speak more quickly, skip from idea to idea and feel paranoid. There are a range of other symptoms you might experience such as emotional changes or a lack of emotion, difficulties coping with everyday life and loss of motivation. Recovery times vary from person to person.

Most people with a first episode of psychosis show signs of recovery fairly quickly however it can take up to 18 months and recovery is likely to be gradual. You can contact GRiP on 01452 894178.

By Gabby Cooper, Manager at Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis (GRiP) 

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