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Covid 19 Information

Please visit www.ghc.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

 

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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?

samaritans

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.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

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.

selfharm

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.

Carly Atkinson is a specialist dietitian, working for the Trust with people with mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Here are six top tips to ensure your diet is supporting both your mental and physical health.

1. Eat regular meals
A regular supply of carbohydrates is essential for your brain to function properly. Skipping meals may cause you to feel weak, tired and struggle with concentration. It might also lead to sugar cravings. Try to include some beans and lentils, granary bread, pasta, noodles, muesli, porridge, milk, yogurt and sweet potatoes in the diet, which all release energy slowly in the body to keep you going between meals.

2. Include the right fats
Fat is important for maintaining brain health, particularly the unsaturated varieties such as olive, rapeseed and flaxseed oils, nuts and seeds. Try to avoid using processed and packaged foods too often.

3. Include regular sources of protein
Protein is a source of tryptophan, which makes the ‘feel good’ substance serotonin in the brain. Sources include meat, fish, eggs, dairy, soya, Quorn, nuts, lentils and beans.

4. Include oily fish in your diet
The Omega 3 oils found in oily fish are not only good for physical health but research also suggests they may reduce depression rates. Try two to four servings a week of fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards, trout and fresh tuna.  Limit this to two if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or likely to become pregnant in the future.

5. Include plenty of wholegrains, fruit and vegetable foods
These are rich in lots of the nutrients linked to good mental wellbeing. Wholegrain cereals nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, fruit and vegetables will reduce deficiencies which might negatively impact your mood.

6. Drink enough fluids
Even mild dehydration can impact your mood so ensure you have the recommended minimum of 6-8 glasses of fluid daily. Avoid highly caffeinated drinks. Alcohol also has a dehydrating effect and can impact mood.

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