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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.


Visitors were able to try their skills at handball, test their reactions on the Batak wall, go for a stretch on the rowing machines and step it out in style with a fun ZUMBA class.  The NHS health information bus was also on hand, with representatives from the Health Improvement Team and Gloucester City Council to give advice on healthy lifestyles and leisure activities in Gloucester as well as information on GL1 facilities, fun family cycle routes and local parks.

Gerry O’Brien, health improvement practitioner at Gloucestershire Care Services said, “Children aged five to 16 need to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity to get their hearts beating every day to burn off calories and prevent excess fat being stored in the body.  It’s also recommended that adults should make sure they’re active for 150 minutes a week so we’re hoping to encourage healthy lifestyles for the whole family.

“We’re delighted that the national Change4Life roadshow has joined us in Gloucestershire and hope that we can get the people of Gloucester moving this summer! This event is a fantastic example of local partners working together and we are grateful for the support of Gloucester City Council, The Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Active Gloucestershire for supporting this opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles for our local community.

“We hope that as many people as possible will be able to make the most of what’s going on in the area and make sure this summer is a happy and healthy one!”

Cabinet member for Public Health and Communities at Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr Dorcas Binns, said: “It can be all too easy to let the kids spend a bit too much time on the sofa over the summer, and whilst it’s great to relax after a long school year, it’s also important to make sure that they stay active.”

“The Change4Life event in King’s Square has been a great opportunity to introduce families to fun ways to get going and being halfway through the summer break, I am certain that it has given parents new and exciting ways to keep the children entertained.”

For more information on what’s going on in Gloucestershire, visit the Gloucester City Council website www.gloucester.gov.uk

Change4Life online is full of great ideas, tools, tips and free online activity plans to help families get up and about this summer. Visit http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life to sign up for a free online activity plan and find special offers.