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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.

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

If you are in Herefordshire and need support, please call us using one of the following numbers:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, please contact the team or service who currently provide your care.
  • Monday to Friday, 5pm – 9am and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays, please call our Mental Health Matters Helpline on: 0800 015 7271

These contact numbers are for people already in contact with our services. If you are not currently in contact with us, please call 111 or your GP.

Our out of hours, weekend and bank holiday service is provided by Mental Health Matters.

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.

The Gloucester branch of a national chain of book stores has joined the fight against mental health stigma.

Waterstones, in Eastgate Street, has hosted a weekly reading group of service users from ²gether NHS Foundation Trust for more than two years.

The group, which is managed by ²gether Recovery College worker Jackie Webb, reads a selection of books, newspaper articles and poems together. Discussion then follows on what has been read.

Jackie said: “The group meetings involve between five and 12 service users in general, and it’s an opportunity for people recovering from mental illness to join together, socialise, enjoy reading and get into a regular routine in the community.

“It’s also very relaxing and therapeutic. The staff at Waterstones have been very welcoming and the group is so successful that we’ve got a waiting list.”

Waterstones has now mounted a display of materials aimed at highlighting sources of mental health and wellbeing support near its ‘self help’ section.

Store manager Katharine Seymour said: “We know that reading can be very therapeutic and there are many books that we stock that are aimed at helping to improve mental health.

“We’re very happy to host the weekly reading group and want to do everything we can to encourage people to speak openly about mental health and tackle stigma which often prevents people from speaking up and seeking help.”

One in four people is experiencing a mental health condition at any given time. ²gether’s Let’s Talk service provides courses and therapy to people experiencing conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Ring 0800 073 2200 to find out what Let’s Talk can offer, or visit www.talk²gether.nhs.uk.

Other sources of online support include www.time-to-change.org.uk, www.mind.org.uk and www.mentalhealthfoundation.org.uk. You can also ring the Samaritans on 116 123.