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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.

I am currently studying Mental Health Nursing at the University of Gloucestershire and am in my first year of the course.

I became interested in learning more about how physical and psychological conditions may be interlinked when my sister was receiving chemotherapy treatment to treat leukaemia. Mental health issues are inevitably a common response to a cancer diagnosis, and whilst her treatment was focused on her physical health, I felt her mental health should be considered as equally important.

At the time, I was working in retail banking and knew that this wasn’t a long term career choice for me. I started to look into the possibility of a career within mental health and, after visiting the University of Gloucestershire and learning about the mental health nursing course, I knew this was something I was passionate about and was excited about the opportunities the course offered. What most appeals to me about mental health nursing is the ability to help and empower people right across society, providing general healthcare alongside specialist mental health care to the most vulnerable. The course offers a wide range of experience leading to a number of different career paths and I’m keen to gain experience in these areas in order to specialise in an area I am passionate about.

Throughout my experiences on the course so far I have learnt how important it is to show empathy, trust and respect to people suffering with physical and mental illnesses, and how invaluable support, treatment and self care are to a person’s recovery. I am passionate about pursuing a career where I can support people and challenge discrimination.

I had little clinical experience before starting the course, so my first placement at Wotton Lawn on an acute ward was the ideal first placement for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and the experiences I gained, from completing mental state assessments to helping patients with basic activities of daily living. This has given me an excellent foundation for future placements. I’m currently based on the perinatal team and am learning so much. I also have the exciting opportunity to do an elective placement abroad at the end of this academic year, and in May I will be travelling to Ireland to work in a psychiatric hospital. I am excited to learn about the differences between care in Ireland and the UK.

Six months into the course and I know I made the right choice for me. The University’s collaboration with 2gether is innovative and exciting, and I would highly recommend the course to anyone who might be considering it!

Katherine is in the first year of a mental health nursing degree at University of Gloucestershire.
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Find out more

Want to know more about the path to becoming a mental health nurse? Visit healthcareers.nhs.uk

Find out more about the University of Gloucestershire degree course here.

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