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Covid 19 Information

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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.

What is Nutrition and Hydration Week?

This week, 12-18 March, is Nutrition and Hydration Week. As a Trust, this week provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness and celebrate the work our colleagues do in supporting our service users to eat and drink well. This plays a vital role in both the mental and physical health of our service users.

Many of our service users and colleagues struggle with their weight, for a whole variety of reasons. The information below can be used either for yourself, or someone you care for or support, to help with weight loss efforts.

Carly Atkinson is a specialist dietitian, working for the Trust with people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. Here, she shares some of the most effective weight loss strategies.

Most effective weight loss strategies

According to NICE the most effective weight loss strategies will include:

  • Ensuring realistic targets for weight loss (i.e. no more than 0.5-1.0kg per week)
  • Tailoring dietary changes to individual food preferences and allowing for a flexible and individual approach to reducing calorie intake
  • Diets that have a 600 kcal/day deficit (that is, they contain 600 kcal less than the person needs to stay the same weight) or that reduce calories by lowering the fat content (low-fat diets), in combination with expert support and intensive follow‑up, are recommended for sustainable weight loss
  • Not using unduly restrictive and nutritionally unbalanced diets, because they are ineffective in the long term and can be harmful
  • Social support – encouraging the person’s partner or family to support any weight management programme
  • Self monitoring of behaviour and progress – weekly weigh-ins, food diaries etc.
  • Goal setting – identifying and documenting your goals
  • Slowing the rate of eating and developing mindfulness around food and mealtimes
  • Problem solving around the times when you go off track
  • Praising successes – however small – at every opportunity to encourage the person through the difficult process of changing established behaviour

More information

For more information about Nutrition and Hydration Week, visit https://nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk/