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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.

Sporting legend Phil Vickery has given his backing to our campaign to encourage people to be more active to help improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Speaking at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, which begins today (13 May), former England international, Wasps and Gloucester rugby star Phil said everyone should try and be more active to help improve both their physical and mental health.

He said: “I’m very supportive of what ²gether is doing to encourage everyone to be more active and take care of their mental health and wellbeing.

“As a sportsman I know how good keeping fit and being active makes you feel, not just physically but also mentally.

“But you don’t need to be a sporting professional to lead an active lifestyle; I think almost everyone can try and do something every day to be a bit more active. It’s really important for us all to look after our mental health, physical health and general wellbeing.”

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, is ‘physical activity’.

²gether NHS Foundation Trust is visiting Coleford, Stroud, Hereford, Gloucester and Cheltenham to spread the word about mental health and becoming more physically active.

Dr Jane Melton, ²gether’s Clinical Director for Social Inclusion, said: “Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to get out and about to spread the word about mental health and wellbeing.

“Each year one in four of us will suffer a common mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. It’s important to know that there is help available and there are also ways in which we can help ourselves, including by being more physically active.

“Not everyone will want to take up competitive sport or run a marathon, but by building a small amount of activity into our routine every day, perhaps by walking or gardening, we can all do a great deal to lift our mood prevent or overcome common mental health problems.

“We’re looking forward to meeting people during our week on the road, and we and Active Gloucestershire have got activities, giveaways and information to share. I’d encourage everyone to come along and see us.”

The roadshow will be out between 11am and 2pm as follows:

•  Monday 13 May – Coleford, Clock Tower
•  Tuesday 14 May – Stroud Subscription Rooms
•  Wednesday 15 May – Hereford, High Town
•  Thursday 16 May – Gloucester, King’s Square
•  Friday 17 May – Cheltenham, High Street

To read our guide to building more physical activity into your daily life, please click here