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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?


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.


Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.


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.
Open every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.


Text 85258
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

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Pregnant Women & New Mothers

If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, we can help.

About mental health in pregnancy and as a new mother

Around 1 in 5 women need some help to consider their own emotional health because of low mood and raised anxiety during pregnancy, or in the first year after their baby is born.

It’s important to seek help as soon as possible if you are concerned about your mental health. Your symptoms could have a significant impact on you, your baby, and your family, and you can feel better if you get help. You do not have to struggle on alone.

With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.

Getting help

If your mood is affecting your daily life, you should seek help as soon as possible.

If you have concerns about your mental health and are pregnant or have recently had a baby, speak to your GP, midwife or health visitor. They can advise you on the best place to seek further help. 

Helpful resources

The real voices and experiences of women and men who have had mental wellbeing difficulties around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.


Our teams and services

Where to find us, and which services can help you.

Let’s Talk can help

Let’s Talk is our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. We offer guidance, courses and talking therapies that give you the skills and techniques to manage difficult days, lift your mood and improve your overall wellbeing.

It is a free service and is there to listen, help and suggest the best way forward for you.

How to access Let’s Talk

You can refer yourself to Let’s Talk by calling 0800 073 2200, or you can ask your GP to refer you.

For more information about the support available, please visit the Let’s Talk website.

Let's Talk

Information for professionals

Notes on services, contacts and treatments for healthcare professionals.

Let's Talk is our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for patients registered with a GP in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire.

Patients are able to self-refer; however Primary Health Care Professionals can refer patients to our service on their behalf.

Find out more about referring a patient to Let's Talk on our dedicated website - www.talkghc.nhs.uk/health-professionals

Further help and support

Other organisations who can help or who partner with us.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis

Action on Postpartum Psychosis

The national charity for women and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis.


Association for Post Natal Illness

Association for Post Natal Illness

Support for mothers suffering from post-natal illness.


Pandas Foundation

Pandas Foundation

Pre and Postnatal depression advice and support.



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