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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.

We will soon be carrying out the 2020 CQC community mental health survey to find out what patients think about the mental health care that we provide.

This survey is part of the NHS Patient Survey Programme.

Why are we doing another patient survey?

The survey needs to be run regularly using the same method and asking the same (or similar) questions so that we can see any changes in patients’ experiences over time. This enables us to make improvements in a specific area if people’s responses show a poor experience. It also helps us to evaluate the success of quality improvement initiatives implemented since the last survey.

It’s vital to gather feedback from patients and take their views and priorities into account to improve the quality of care.

When is the survey happening?

Questionnaires will be posted to a sample of patients during February. A reminder will then be sent to those who have not responded.

Patients are being asked about various aspects of their care, including the quality of care and treatment, communication with staff, information, and environment of facilities.

Who is the questionnaire being sent to?

The questionnaire will be sent to a sample of patients, who used our services. An external survey contractor is administering the survey so that patients’ responses are anonymous to us.

How have we used the results from previous survey?

Results from the 2019 survey helped to identify areas where there was most room for improvement. A summary of the key findings from the previous survey was shared around the Trust and an action plan was created to guide us in making improvements, where required.

Where can I find out more?

Please contact our Patient Experience Team on 0300 421 8313 or email experience@ghc.nhs.uk.