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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.

A health and wellbeing fair held at North Cotswolds Hospital (NCH) in May last year has received national recognition by winning a Community Hospital Association (CHA) Award. 

The award was given for the initial idea, hard work and planning that then went into the day. CHA committee members were impressed by the vision of the event and the breadth of agencies that were connected to promote health and wellbeing.

The event included over 25 stalls providing information and advice around health and wellbeing initiatives, interactive workshops from health professionals, fun activities, healthy refreshments and the opportunity to contribute to running a marathon during the course of the afternoon via a running machine.  It was also used to promote NCH as a health and wellbeing hub, where people could meet and find out more about the healthy initiatives available where they live, help lonely or isolated people to socialise with their community and help connect community organisations.

Former matron of North Cotswolds Hospital, Linda Edwards (now matron of Cirencester Hospital), said: “We are all really pleased to be recognised by the CHA. A huge amount of planning went into the event and we had help from the League of Friends, colleagues across the Trust, including Administration Lead Kathryn Close who was instrumental in the project planning, as well as a number of local organisations all of whom gave their time and, in many cases, donations for free.” 

Linda along with Niamh Davis (Staff Nurse ), Ellie Peters (Health Care Assistant)  and Jane Fifield (Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist) attended the award ceremony, which took place on Saturday 3 June at the Annual CHA Conference in Manchester. Linda and Jane also presented an interactive session to attendees, further explaining the planning process.

Linda added” It was a great event (despite the British weather!) to promote Health and Wellbeing!”. 

13 June 2017


North Cots Health and Wellbeing Fair 1 















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North Cots Health and Wellbeing Fair 2