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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.

As well as the planting of wildflowers in the grounds of Cirencester Hospital and fruit bushes outside Stroud Maternity unit, staff from across Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust were encouraged to grow their own fruit and vegetables with a salad seed giveaway.

NHS Sustainability Day on Thursday 27 March is a nationwide event which challenges trusts to think about how to reduce carbon emissions and support a more sustainable healthcare system.

Georgina Smith, corporate social responsibility manager at the Trust, said: “As a trust we are committed to sustainability and that has to be a collective effort. We encourage all our staff to play their part – whether it’s turning off computers, monitors and lights or walking or cycling to work.

“This year we decided to focus on growing and encouraging staff to grow their own vegetables – doing so not only reduces the carbon footprint associated with transport and food packaging it also provides an opportunity to get active and spend time outdoors whilst growing them!”

Cirencester Hospital celebrated NHS Sustainability Day with its green gym volunteers and local primary school children who planted wildflower meadows at the hospital and nearby Four Acre field.


The hospital is part of the NHS Forest, a nationwide initiative to improve access to green space, add trees to NHS land and promote community involvement with the health service and runs a ‘Green Gym’ in partnership with UK-wide charity The Conservation Volunteers, which involves the community in are tree-planting and landscaping. The ‘Green Gym’ is a partnership, with Cirencester Town Council, Cotswold Volunteers, the League of Friends and Gardens for All working with the Trust to make it a success.



More than 700 trees have been planted since 2010 and the hospital hosts ‘Apple Days’ with local schools where pupils create bee houses to explain the importance of pollination, collect and press apples into apple juice and help make smoothies with a bicycle-powered blender.




Trust chair Ingrid Barker was at the maternity unit opposite Stroud Hospital in the afternoon to help plant fruit bushes in preparation for the site joining the NHS Forest scheme with the support of Edible Stroud – part of the Transition Stroud network which promotes a low-carbon lifestyle.




Josie Cowgill from Edible Stroud said: “We approached Gloucestershire Care Services about growing fruit bushes and trees on land by Stroud Maternity Unit and are delighted that the Trust embraced the idea. This is a great project and highlights what can be achieved when the NHS works together with its local community.”




Gloucestershire charity Vision 21, which runs gardening, recycling and furniture reclamation projects in the county, manned stands at the event at Cirencester and also at the Trust’s headquarters in Brockworth on Wednesday 26 March to answer staff questions about growing vegetables.






Photograph:  Two pupils from Chesterton Primary School planting a witch hazel tree at the NHS Forest Green Gym at Cirencester Hospital