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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.

The physiotherapy and exercise team at a Gloucester hospital have organised a Walkathon to encourage both patients and staff to be more active.

The staff at Wotton Lawn, which is an 88 bed acute Mental Health Hospital run by the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, have organised the event as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The week-long awareness raising event started yesterday, and the theme for the week is ‘physical activity’, with the aim of highlighting the significant part physical activity plays in improving mental health and wellbeing.

Sophie Lucas, Health and Exercise Practitioner with ²gether, said: “We carry out a range of activities to encourage our service users and staff to be more physically active, as we recognise the enormous impact physical activity has on mental health and wellbeing.

“This week gives us an extra opportunity to focus on this, and the Walkathon is a fun activity everyone can get involved in, but with a serious message behind it.

“Each ward has been given a record sheet and set of rules for the walks, and each ward will document how many miles they walk up until May 20, when the results will be collated. The winners will be the ward with the most miles recorded, and we’re looking forward to finding out who has put the most miles in.”

There are four admission wards at Wotton Lawn, Abbey Ward, Dean Ward, Kingsholm Ward and Priory Ward.

Wotton Lawn also has a ten bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit – Greyfriars – as well as the Montpellier Secure Recovery Unit, which is a rehabilitation facility for men with a primary diagnosis of serious mental illness.

Service Users at Wotton Lawn are supported by a range of professionals, including nurses, doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and health and exercise practitioners.

Mental Health Awareness Week is held annually, and organised by the Mental Health Foundation.

To find out more about what ²gether is doing for the week, visit www.²gether.nhs.uk.