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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.

Dr Chris Fear has been appointed as the new Medical Director of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust’s current Medical Director Dr Paul Winterbottom is intending to return to full time clinical practice in March 2016. Dr Fear will formally start in the position later this year.

Trust Chief Executive Shaun Clee said: "Paul has been an exceptional Medical Director and when he told us of his plans to return to full time clinical practice we knew we would have a difficult task ahead to appoint his replacement.

"We know we have a very worthy successor in Chris, and I congratulate him on his appointment to the role. Chris has substantial experience and we look forward to the additional leadership he will now bring to the Trust, for the benefit our service users and carers."

Dr Fear is currently ²gether's Clinical Director in Herefordshire, Associate Medical Director and lead for psychosis and has for the Trust since 1996. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Chair of South West Division.

Following his appointment Dr Fear said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as the Trust’s new Medical Director. Paul will be a hard act to follow, but I relish the prospect of building upon his work and using my own experience to further enhance the services we provide across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire in the coming years."

Current Medical Director Dr Paul Winterbottom said: "I would like to congratulate Chris on his appointment. We have worked very closely together over many years, and my experience tells me that he will be a safe pair of hands to take up the reins as Trust Medical Director. I wish him well in the role."