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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.

Where: Gloucestershire
Commitment: You would need to be available on a rota basis to attend a hearing at least twenty times a year.
Closing Date: 28/04/2017

About the role

Mental Health Act Managers have a unique and very important role in the care of service users (patients) who are detained under the Mental Health Act.

Mental Health Act Managers are volunteers, appointed to this role because of their commitment, insight, empathy and understanding of how mental ill health affects daily living. We welcome applications from former service users and also from carers. However, current employees of ²gether are not permitted to carry out this role.

Mental Health Act Managers attend statutory hearings where service users can appeal against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Mental Health Act Managers will hear from the service user, their doctor and other clinicians involved in their care and decide whether or not the service user can and should be discharged from the Section. This is a hugely significant decision which is demanding and challenging.

From time to time the Trust needs to appoint a number of Mental Health Act Managers from across the spectrum of our communities to ensure that they can understand and respond to the diverse needs of our service users and use this knowledge to objectively inform decisions.

If you are an organised, articulate person with a broad experience of life, who can work collaboratively, work within specified procedures and is passionate about delivering high quality mental health services, then this rewarding role may be worth considering.

The Trust will support you by providing a comprehensive induction, as well as training and development for the role, a formal appraisal process, mentoring and professional review. You will be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in relation to the role and an attendance allowance is payable per hearing.


If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Philip Southam at philip.southam@nhs.net or on 01452 894553.

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