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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 college set up to help people recover from mental illness will be running new courses this summer.

The Severn and Wye Recovery College is a partnership between ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, Adult Education in Gloucestershire, Artshape, Family Lives, Mind Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council.

It was set up in 2013 through a grant awarded by an independent charity called the Health Foundation, and is now able to run further courses this summer thanks to a grant from ²gether’s own Charitable Funds committee.

Courses will be held in Gloucester, Hereford, Tewkesbury and Stroud from May onwards, and taster days are being held from next week to enable prospective students to find out more.

“The Recovery College was a new initiative in our area last year and our first courses were a great success,” said Jo Denney, project lead from ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

“Our courses offer a different approach to recovering from mental illness. It’s about teaching people the skills to manage their own condition and stay well, as well as gain the confidence, life skills and knowledge to live their lives to the full.

“Some of our first students have used it as a springboard onto other things – some are now in employment or have signed up for other educational courses. Many of our first students said it helped them to transform their lives.

“Our tutors are people who have lived with mental illness themselves, and they are able to share their own experiences to demonstrate how overcoming mental illness is possible and how you can go on to live successful and fulfilling lives.

“We’re very grateful to have the opportunity to offer more courses this summer and looking forward to enrolling students at our taster days which are taking place from next week.”

Severn and Wye Recovery College courses are aimed at anyone with experience of enduring mental illness, such as psychosis, aged 16 and over, who is registered with a GP in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire and receiving services from ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

Places are also available for carers and professionals working to support people with mental illness.

The courses being offered this summer include:


  • Recovery and Resilience – a course about mental illness, wellbeing and techniques to recover
  • Step Up! – a drama based course to help build confidence and communication skills
  • Mindfulness and relaxation for recovery workshops
  • Taster days are being held in Gloucester on April 15, Cheltenham on April 22, and in Hereford on April 28 and May 12.

    Full details are available through the college website, by clicking here, or by ringing 01452 894269.