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Covid 19 Information

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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.

Ruth FitzJohn has been appointed Chair designate of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust (²gether).

The appointment was confirmed last night (19 November) by ²gether’s Council of Governors – a group of elected local people who represent the views of local communities, staff and stakeholders.

Speaking about her new role, Ruth said: “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity. I look forward to contributing to the work of the Trust and helping to ensure that the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire continue to access the best possible mental and social healthcare services available.

“I am confident that by working with our communities, colleagues and local partners, we can make continuous improvements in care and treament, while demonstrating sustained value for money”.

For the last six years, Ruth has been Chair of NHS Gloucestershire (and during the last year, NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon). Following an international career in IT management and strategic planning, she has gained considerable NHS experience as Vice Chair of the former East Gloucestershire NHS Trust then Chair of the ‘3 Star’ Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Primary Care Trust.

Following the Council of Governor’s meeting, Ros Taylor, Lead Governor of ²gether said: ‘We are very pleased that Ruth is joining us. This is an important and challenging time for the whole NHS and her wealth of experience, knowledge and insight will be invaluable for the Trust over the coming years”.

Ruth will take over from ²gether’s current chair, Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE who announced her retirement in July 2012 after five years with the Trust.

Ruth said: “Under Rennie’s leadership, the Trust forged strong local relationships and has continued to invest, develop and deliver high quality services for the people we serve. It will be a great honour to help build on Rennie’s strong legacy”.

“I invite all members of the communities we serve to join us in challenging the social exclusion that so often exists in our society. Together, we can build a stronger, more diverse community”.

Ruth will join ²gether in her new role on 1 April 2013. This was agreed so that she can continue to serve NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon in full until the organisation ceases to exist on 31 March 2013.

Ruth added: “In accepting this exciting opportunity at ²gether, I would also like to pay tribute to the management and staff of NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon. Due to their hard work, a huge amount has been achieved in recent years to improve patient care, improve the health of the population and secure financial stability. I remain committed to delivering my responsibilities here until the Spring.”