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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 week-long series of events will be taking place across Gloucestershire to mark national Learning Disability Week 2016.

The annual event is organised by the charity Mencap. The theme this year is ‘Friendships and Relationships’.

The events, organised under the umbrella of the Gloucestershire Learning Disabilities Board, start on Monday (June 20) and the Board’s Co- Chairs Jan Marriott, Zara Humphrey and Tim Heaven said there was much to look forward to.

They said: “We are really excited about this week and many organisations and support groups will open their doors to provide opportunities for people with a learning disability in Gloucestershire.”

Simon Shorrick, of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Facilitation Team, is coordinating the event with the Board. 

He said: “We really hope people will take the opportunity to get involved in the week. It’s a great opportunity to get together and celebrate everything people with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire do, and what support organisations have to offer.

“There’s a lot happening so I’d encourage everyone who has a learning disability, as well as their friends, families, support workers and carers, to get involved.”

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Raising awareness to help people with learning disabilities and supporting them to live their lives to the fullest is a priority for the county council. Whatever your interests, with so many different activities going on this week across Gloucestershire, there’s something for everyone.”

Events taking place during the week include: 

• Monday to Friday – The Butterfly Garden, Bamfurlong Lane, Cheltenham – open house coffee mornings. Find out more about education, recreation and therapy.

• Tuesday to Friday – Kingfisher Treasure Seekers shop – The Cavern – Westgate Street, Gloucester – find out more about creative workshops.

• Monday to Sunday – Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS  Foundation Trust – Learning Disabilities information and resource display stands at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital.

• Tuesday 21st – Gloucestershire Voices Drama Workshops at The Skills Centre, Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester.

• Tuesday 21st – Health Facilitation Team, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. Drop in for staff and carers to find out more about easy read information and resources.

• Wednesday 22nd – Jamats activity centre for adults with Special Needs, in London Road, Gloucester – Learn more about exercise, music, drama, keep fit, life skills and much more.

• Thursday 23rd – Guideposts Music Therapy Service – Community Hub, 6 London rd., Stroud – try out different instruments and take part in a musical jam.

• Thursday 23rd – Carers Gloucestershire – Support for carers – drop in for a coffee and chat at Messenger House, Gloucester, in the morning or The Curio Lounge, Kings Street, Stroud, in the afternoon.

• Friday 24th – GL Communities quiz night – at the Phoenix Community Centre, Matson Lane, Gloucester.

There will also be sessions in three of the Drop ins during the week – Tewkesbury, Stroud and Coleford, and for people to find out about services available in those areas. 

Full details are available online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ldweek