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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.

The eighth annual Big Health Check and Social Care Open Day will take place in Gloucester this month.

The event is aimed at helping people with learning disabilities to stay active and healthy. The popular day is expected to be even bigger than usual this year, as it will also mark the launch of Special Olympics Gloucestershire (SO Glos).

Those attending the event, on Wednesday 25 May, at Oxstalls Sports Park, will be able to take part in a wide range of activities.

Following the launch of SO Glos, a number of competitions, in a wide range of sports, will then take place across the county in the coming months, for sports people with learning disabilities.

Simon Shorrick, Strategic Health Facilitator for ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, is the event’s co-ordinator. He said they were expecting more than 1,000 people to attend this year.

He said: “We’re really looking forward to our eighth annual Big Health Check Day, which promises to be bigger than ever.

“It is a brilliant opportunity to bring people with learning disabilities and their carers together, to meet new friends and, most importantly, have fun.

“We have a wide range of partners attending the event and it will give people the opportunity to find out more about local services and share their views.”

Simon highlighted some of the activities which would be taking place: “This year, we have organised interactive workshops on assistive technology (equipment that promotes independent living) and GDance, which is an inclusive and diverse dance group.

“There will be wide range of stalls for people to browse, and people will be able to have a go at plenty of sporting activities, including adapted tennis, football,  Boccia, golf, adapted bikes, snooker adapted bikes and trikes, adapted athletics, football and trampolining.”

Other attractions will include the Great Western Ambulance Service mobile response unit, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Gloucestershire Constabulary, a big red double decker bus and Mobiloo, who will be demonstrating their accessible changing, hoist and toilet facility.

The Big Health Check Day has been organised in partnership with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Voices, Active Gloucestershire, the Barnwood Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. Volunteer support has been provided from Hartpury College, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester College and Gloucestershire Voices.

Tim Heaven, Zara Humphrey and Jan Marriott, co-Chairs of Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board, said: “We are grateful for all the work that has taken place to make this Big Health Check and Social Care Day the best ever. There are an amazing number of organisations coming to show people what they do.

“We are so glad to see the Special Olympics back in Gloucestershire so that people with learning disabilities have the chance to compete against other people at a national and international level in a range of sporting activities.” 

The event, which runs from 9.30am-4pm, is open to anyone with a learning disability, as well as their families, carers and support workers.

Big Health Check Day is part of the implementation of the all-age, all-disability, Building Better Lives strategy.