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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.

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

If you are in Herefordshire and need support, please call us using one of the following numbers:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, please contact the team or service who currently provide your care.
  • Monday to Friday, 5pm – 9am and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays, please call our Mental Health Matters Helpline on: 0800 015 7271

These contact numbers are for people already in contact with our services. If you are not currently in contact with us, please call 111 or your GP.

Our out of hours, weekend and bank holiday service is provided by Mental Health Matters.

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 panel members who will be leading the debate at this event are:

  • Cath Blinman – Palliative Care Consultant at Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust, based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
  • Kathy Cambell – Respiratory Care Nurse Specialis, working for Gloucestershire Care Services
  • Dr Havi Carel – Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Bristol whose research examines the experience of illness, of receiving health care and patient-clinician communication
  • Sean Elyan – Consultant Oncologist & Medical Director at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Medicine Unboxed Advisor and co-chair
  • Bob Heath – Music Therapist working at Sir Michael Sobell House, in Oxford
  • Dr Jeff Meecham-Jones, consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Helen Miller – Gloucester GP, Chair Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, with a particular interest in respiratory conditions.

Dr Sam Guglani, Curator of Medicine Unboxed, Consultant Oncologist and Chair of Clinic Ethics Committee at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be chairing the event.

Most importantly for this debate to be a success; the audience. The voice of the audience is central to the conversation so if you are interested come along.

This is a free event but places in the audience are limited so if you are interested please contact: Sheila.dwyer-richmond@nhs.net by Tuesday 11 February to reserve your place.

The event is being held at Pitville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE and runs from 6:30-8:30pm.