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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 group of eight young people from Gloucestershire have attended an event aimed at helping them to learn new skills, improve their communication skills and build self-esteem and resilience.

The young people are all supported by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust's Children and Young People Service. 

They attended ARTiculation – a residential arts event in Crewe – run by Action for Children, a leading children’s charity which runs over 650 services to improve the lives of young people.

Action for Children family support practitioner Nikki Mayer and two volunteers accompanied the group to the event.

Nikki said: "ARTiculation offers young people an opportunity to learn new creative skills, improve their communications skills, meet new friends, forget about their problems at home and enjoy themselves. It also broadens their horizons by introducing them to people from different backgrounds and different parts of the UK, and helps to overcome social anxieties and build confidence.

"The young people also took part in a creative consultation where they were asked about what things are important to them and what they want to see from services and policymakers alike.

"The event was a great success and the young people all enjoyed the weekend, overcoming some big personal challenges to engage in the activities. Friendships were formed, barriers overcome and a lot of fun was had!"

16-year-old Frankie was one of the young people who went.

She said: "ARTiculation was incredible! I loved the dance and the relaxed atmosphere of the weekend. It was such a positive experience for me!"

Action for Children works with in collaboration with ²gether to support children and their families and help them find solutions to improve their emotional health and wellbeing. The young people are supported with a variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties through intensive pro-active engagement and social groups as well as through a participation project where they are empowered to help drive and shape services.