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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.

I started my training to become a Registered General Nurse (RGN)  three weeks after my 18th birthday, on Monday 5th May 1980 at the Royal South Hants Hospital in Winchester.

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my training, even though we were terrified of matron! I am still in touch with two of my ‘set’, all these years on. An abiding memory is whilst doing night duty, I could look down from the windows of the long, Nightingale style wards over into the grounds of Winchester prison, which was the opposite side of the road, and watch the wardens exercising the Alsatian guard dogs!

Once qualified, I moved to Gloucestershire and worked on the medical ward at Moreton in Marsh Hospital, then to Oxford at the Radcliffe Infirmary and John Radcliffe. I moved back to Cirencester and worked on Avon Ward there, then went off to Gloucestershire Royal to do my midwifery training in 1990. Once qualified, I worked as a midwife in the special care baby units at Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon, and Cheltenham General Hospital.

Once my own children had started school, I became a Practice Nurse at Newton Road Surgery in Cheltenham, then a School Nurse – we got the school holidays off in those days! I then went on secondment to the Youth Offending Service as a physical health nurse. The next move was to join the Safeguarding Children Team at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust (Now Gloucestershire Health and Care), and 3 years ago I moved across to Adult Safeguarding, where I am today.

It has been real a rollercoaster ride, many ups and downs over the last 40 years – laughter, tears, pain, and healing – but it never ceases to be a complete privilege  to help people when they are often at their most vulnerable, along with wonderful colleagues, who keep you going even on the hardest days.