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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.

Christopher Creswick, former Chairman of Weston Area Health NHS Trust, Susan Mead, a former Non-Executive Director of Herefordshire Primary Care Trust and West Mercia Cluster, and Nicola Strother Smith, a Deputy Director at the NHS Improving Quality Delivery Team and former National Director of NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care, are the new designate board members. Anne Noble, Chair of the Integrated Governance and Quality Committee, is to stand down.

The process of appointment of designate non-executive directors was overseen by the Trust Development Authority.

Chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Ingrid Barker, said today: “I am delighted to welcome Christopher, Nicola and Susan as designate members of the Board. I would also like to thank Anne for her years of valued service to the NHS. We wish her well.”

Christopher Creswick was a non-executive director of Gloucestershire Ambulance Trust 1993-96, Chairman of Gloucestershire Health Authority 1996-2002, Acting Chair of North Somerset PCT 2005-06, and Chairman of Weston Area Health NHS Trust 2007-13. He is a trustee and currently Chairman of Crossroads Care, Forest of Dean and Herefordshire, and a Trustee of the Independence Trust. He was formerly an Executive Director of RHM Grocery Ltd.

Susan Mead was a board member and Chair of the Quality, Performance and Resources Committee for both the West Mercia Cluster of PCTs, 2012-2013, and for Herefordshire PCT, in which she was a non-executive director from 2004-2012. Her background includes work at the Audit Commission, as an Assistant Director at Birmingham City Council, in the Lord Chancellor’s Office. She is a qualified psychiatric social worker and child care social worker.

Nicola Strother Smith is Deputy Director of Transition and Delivery in the NHS Improving Quality Delivery Team. She was previously National Director for NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care, Cancer Network Director for the 3 Counties Cancer Network and has been a superintendent radiographer.

Anne Noble, standing down, has been chair of the Integrated Governance and Quality Committee. She was previously Director at the Health Services Development and Evaluation Centre at Brunel University and a non-executive director for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Primary Care Trust, and for NHS Gloucestershire.