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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. The teams work with those aged from 11 upwards.

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

Mental health services in Herefordshire are now provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. 

Visit their website to find out where to get help – www.hacw.nhs.uk/urgent-help

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.

A project by the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust is one of 30 from across the UK to be chosen for a national initiative to improve the quality of healthcare.

The projects selected for the Health Foundation’s Shine programme are testing new approaches to delivering healthcare that will either support patients to be active partners in their own care, improve patient safety or improve quality while reducing costs.

The ‘Coaching for Recovery’ project by ²gether will see the establishment of academic style courses at venues in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, educating people with long term mental health conditions on ways they can improve and maintain their wellbeing.

Project lead and mental health nurse Tim Coupland, of ²gether, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of just 30 projects nationally to participate in the Health Foundation’s Shine programme this year.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to look at a new approach to recovery from mental illness and we are hopeful we can have a real impact in assisting lasting improvement for those who attend.

“We’ll be setting up ‘pop up’ recovery colleges from the summer onwards. There are very few of these running within the UK, so people in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire will be part of something at the very cutting edge of mental health recovery.”

Dr Jane Jones, Assistant Director at the Health Foundation, said: “Innovative approaches are required to tackle the challenges that we are facing today in healthcare. We want to encourage innovators in the service to lead the way in thinking differently and to show how new approaches can deliver better healthcare.

‘This year we have chosen the 30 best innovative ideas, selected from a large number of applicants. The project teams will have the challenge of demonstrating the practicality of their ideas and show that they can improve quality and reduce costs with the potential to have high impact when scaled up across the UK. Our aim is to share and promote the most effective innovations to the clinical and managerial leaders of the UK healthcare system and policy-makers.”

This latest round of the Shine programme is the largest ever run by the Health Foundation. It has 30 project teams, selected from a high number of quality applications from across the health service.

Over 15 months, the teams will develop and test their approaches, put their ideas into practice and gather evidence about what works and what doesn’t. Each team will receive £75,000 of funding and a package of support from the Health Foundation.

By the end of 2014 the Health Foundation will have learnt about the different innovations, including those that have the potential to be spread more widely across the UK.

The project by ²gether will lead to one ‘pop up’ recovery college being established from the summer onwards in each of the following areas – East Gloucestershire, West Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Each college will run for a maximum of five days, with approximately 15 ‘students’ attending each course.

The colleges will enable students to learn more about mental health conditions and how to take control of their own recovery. Rather than being a form of therapy or formal medical treatment, the courses are about becoming experts in self-care.

To read more about the Health Foundation and Shine please click here