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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?

samaritans

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.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.

An ambitious art project aimed at reducing the stigma that surrounds mental ill health is taking shape in Gloucestershire.

‘The Elephant in the Room’ is a project which  is being run by Indepdence Trust, in conjunction with the Nature in Art Museum and Art Gallery.

Gloucestershire-based Independence Trust is part of a multi-agency countywide group which aims to tackle the stigma surrounding mental ill health. Members of the group include NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust NHS Foundation Trust, Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary, ISIS Women’s Centre and Healthwatch Gloucestershire. Of great importance is the partnership with people who have expereinced mental illness to form, shape and champion the work. Gloucestershire’s Tackling Stigma group is supporting the Independence Trust project.

Independence Trust has been working with a team of people, all of whom have a diagnosed mental illness, to create the huge elephant. The elephant will then visit different locations, so that people can sign their names on it in support of reducing the stigma surrounding mental ill health .

The team has also been working with artist and tutor Camilla Metcalf, who herself has a long history of mental ill health and is an advocate for mental health, and with the Nature in Art Museum and Gallery, which is based at Twigworth, on the outskirts of Gloucester, to set up an exhibition of clients’ artwork, which will run from 16-29 August.

Sue Tomlinson, District Co-Ordinator at Independence Trust, said: “We hope to raise awareness of mental ill health by creating the Elephant in the Room. It will be a definite conversation point, as well as a real statement.

“Wherever we take the elephant, we will be asking people to sign their names on it as a pledge to try to reduce the stigma surrounding mental ill health.”

Professor Jane Melton, Director of Engagement and Integration, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Tackling Mental Health Stigma Group is delighted to be able to support  Independence Trust with this worthwhile project.

“This is a thought-provoking and different way of raising awareness of the stigma surrounding mental ill health issues and will hopefully really encourage people to address this elephant in the room.”

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