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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.

A national awareness week held every November to raise awareness of the issues around alcohol is being supported by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. 

Alcohol Awareness Week 2014 starts today (Nov 17) and this year the theme being promoted by organisers Alcohol Concern is ‘Facing our alcohol problem: Taking back our health and high streets.’

Dr Karen Williams, Associate Medical Director and Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist with ²gether, said it was important to use the occasion to openly discuss the impact alcohol has on individuals and communities.

She said: "Alcohol has a huge impact on society, and we can all do something, particularly this week, to think carefully about how much alcohol we are consuming and the impact that might have on our health and the people around us.

"It’s also a chance to talk to others about their alcohol consumption and encourage some small steps they could take to improve their health and wellbeing.

"If people stick to the recommended guidelines for alcohol, then drinking is not too much of a problem.

"However, excessive alcohol consumption can have long term health impacts, including heart disease and psychological illnesses like depression and anxiety. It can also impact upon your everyday life and affect your friends and family.

"I’d urge everyone to use Alcohol Awareness Week to talk about drinking and seek help and advice if they need it."

To calculate the units of alcohol in your favourite drink, visit NHS Choices or click here.

Alcohol Concern is also urging people to sign up for ‘Dry January’, which is aimed at encouraging people to give up alcohol for the month.

Dr Williams said Dry January could be a good way for people to assess how much better abstinence could make them feel.

She said: "By giving up alcohol for the month of January you should see an impact on your health, waistline, skin and bank balance. This might encourage you, if not to give up alcohol entirely, to cut down on what you are drinking."

Dry January is not a medical detox programme, and should not be undertaken by people with alcohol dependency issues, who should instead seek medical advice, approach alcohol support services or your family GP for advice.

For information on Dry January visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk.

If you are concerned about your levels of alcohol consumption, then your first step should always be to speak to your GP.

If you live in Herefordshire, you can also contact ²gether’s Drugs and Alcohol Service Herefordshire, on 01432 263636 for advice or visit www.²gether.nhs.uk/dash