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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 nurse of more than 30 years is encouraging others to join the profession. 

Speaking to mark International Nurses Day (May 12), John Chilton, Nurse Consultant with ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said nursing was still a proud profession and one that younger people should consider joining if they possess the right attributes.

John, 49, who is based at Wotton Lawn Hospital, in Gloucester, said: “Nursing is not for everybody, but if you have a mixture of what we call the 6Cs – compassion, commitment, courage, competence, communication and care – then nursing is the ideal profession.

“We face a lot of challenges, but if you have a natural empathy for people and want to make a difference to people’s lives, then it’s a great career.”

John started training in 1983 in Hampshire and, apart from two years in general nursing, and three years out while completing a Psychology degree, he has been a mental health nurse for his whole career.

Working initially in Hampshire and Oxfordshire, he moved to Gloucestershire 12 years ago and is now a Nurse Consultant. The role sees him divide his time in four ways – 50 per cent of his time is spent with patients in the community or inpatient wards, with the remainder spent on research, teaching and service development.

John, who has also completed a Master ’s degree, and is currently completing his PhD, works alongside the University of Gloucestershire and University of the West of England in his research role. His speciality is Dual Diagnosis – where service users have been diagnosed with a mental illness and a co-existing substance abuse problem.

John initially went into nursing and took a keen interest in mental health as he had a friend who was mentally unwell. Seeing his friend going through such a difficult time meant John felt he wanted to try and help others in a similar position, and he says many mental health nurses get into the profession for those very reasons.

“There is a shortage, nationally, of mental health nurses at the moment, “John explained.

“But many of us have friends and family members who are mentally unwell, and if you want to support people and support them to aid their own recovery, mental health nursing is a great way to do it.”