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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.

Postpartum Psychosis is an episode of severe mental illness, which can occur very rapidly after a woman has given birth, even if they have no previous history of mental illness. The mother is most at risk of developing this illness in the first six weeks after she has given birth, but it can occur just hours after her baby is born.

Symptoms include: hallucinations; delusions; extremes of mood; racing thoughts; feeling very energetic or agitated; irritability; or problems sleeping. It’s a different illness to postnatal depression, both in terms of symptoms and severity.

Mothers may be worried that their baby might be taken away from them if they are suffering with this illness, but this very rarely happens. Instead, we offer support and treatment both for you and your family. If you suffer from Postpartum Psychosis, it is treatable and most women recover fully.

It is a rare illness, with about 1,400 mothers a year suffering – equal to one or two per thousand births. Because of its severity, Postpartum Psychosis is considered to be an emergency and if you, or a partner, daughter, sister or friend, experiences symptoms, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.

How to get support and advice

You can speak to your GP, midwife or health visitor if you are experiencing mental health issues either during pregnancy or after birth.

Let’s Talk offers support for anyone experiencing mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Ring 0800 073 2200 or visit www.talkghc.nhs.uk

 Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) is a specialist support network, offering support and advice. www.app-network.org

 MIND is a mental health charity, which offers information and support to people experiencing mental health problems. www.mind.org.uk

 PANDAS support anyone, including fathers and partners, suffering from pre (antenatal) and postnatal illnesses, including postpartum psychosis. Their helpline is open from 9am-8pm (including weekends) on 0843 2898401 or visit www.pandasfoundation.org.uk

By Dr Sally Morgan, Consultant Psychiatrist at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust

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