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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.

I have been asked to write a blog.
I’ve never written one before.
What shall I blog about?
Well…… let me think!

I am a 59 year old male. I am a British Asian. I am married.

I have a beautiful wife. I have been with her for 39 years. I am a father of two. I have five wonderful grandchildren. I own my own home. I have worked all my life. I lived in Scotland for 34 years. I moved to England 25 years ago. I have been a university student, a policeman, a machine technician, a shift manager and at one time owned a business.

Does this sound good? Is this pretty normal?

Oh yes… I remember now, I tried to end my life!

When? What happened? Why?

Well… it wasn’t once, nor twice, not three or even four times but five times….. in one year! In 2016.

I don’t know what happened, and I don’t know why. I keep asking myself why, but I don’t know.

The truth is I had a mental breakdown. I was broken. I was in a mind maze. There were no exits. No escape. I was trapped. The journey started there… I had to be mended. I needed repairing. I had to find the key to escape the mind maze.

Step 1: Doctor
Step 2: Mental Health Nurse
Step 3: CBT
Step 4: Crisis Teams
Step 5: Ambulance and Police
Step 6: Hospital
Step 7: Occupational Health
Step 8: Mindfulness and meditation
Step 9: Discharge
Step 10: Community Mental Health Involvement

All of this with the medication that matched, eventually!

Next steps:

Vigilance, family, GP, Community Mental Health Nurse, Vigilance.
Social Inclusion Team introduction.
Volunteering opportunity.

2gether gave me the opportunities:

Recovery College ……student….again.

Adult Education…..brilliant….student again

I am now a Peer Trainer. I am very involved as a volunteer for 2gether, time for me to pay back. This is my gratitude. Thanks for saving my life 2gether NHS.

I am moving on.

Self Harm isn’t a solution. Don’t even think about it.

Live long, life is a journey. A fascinating one!

My name is Bill and I am an Expert by Lived Experience.


If you need support, speak to someone. Contact your GP or call one of the helplines below –

Samaritans – 116 123
Papyrus HOPELineUK – 0800 068 4141
If you are in Gloucestershire, the Self Harm Helpline – 0808 801 0606
The Silver Line (for over 55s) – 0800 470 8090