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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?

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
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Opem every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.

Have you ever thought about volunteering?

This week, 1-7June, is Volunteers’ Week, so we’re encouraging people to look at how they can get involved.

Volunteering not only makes a difference to the organisation you support, but can also deliver benefits to your wellbeing and mental health.

Lauren Wardman, Deputy Director for Engagement, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Volunteers’ Week is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with a local organisation and provide them with your valuable time and support.

“Not only will you be doing something really worthwhile, but you will also meet new people and gain valuable experience. Giving something back in this way can be really good for your emotional wellbeing and mental health.

“Our volunteers are key to supporting the delivery of high quality care and offer an added dimension to the services we provide. They bring energy, time, life experience and commitment to the role and their contribution has significant value, making a real difference to individuals, the communities we live in, and society overall.”

Volunteering can help you to:

  • meet new people
  • gain new skills and experience
  • improve your job prospects
  • increase your confidence
  • be an active member of your community

Two Trust volunteers, who each volunteer with us for different reasons, shared their stories.

Amanda started volunteering with the Trust as a step towards getting back into work after experiencing mental illness.

Amanda had to give up work in 2012, when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She said: “I hadn’t worked since 2012 and had lost confidence in myself.

“As I was starting to feel well again and I knew I wanted to go back to work, it was suggested to me that volunteering might be a good first step towards that.

“I was told I would be joining the Communications Team and would be helping with events, which is something I have experience of.

“I felt excited but also nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I found I really enjoyed it and it helped to get me out of the house.

“I was made to feel very much part of the team, and I was so proud of myself for doing things I didn’t think I could do.

“I started to feel that I would benefit from more regular work, rather than the ad hoc nature of events, and the team acted on this feedback.

“I now go into work with them regularly and found being part of the team, and receiving encouragement from them, really made me feel worthy again.

“I now feel ready to be out there in the big wide world again, and it has given me the confidence to take Learndirect courses, and ultimately start applying for jobs.”

Sarah started volunteering with the Trust’s art psychotherapy department to help develop her career prospects. She explained: “I’m a qualified art psychotherapist and did my training placement with ²gether NHS Foundation Trust back in 2010.

“Once I had finished my training, I was invited to volunteer with the Trust on an ongoing basis. I agreed as I saw it as a great opportunity to continue my professional development and improve my skills range. 

“I volunteer as a co-facilitator of art psychotherapy groups for service users who are under the care of the Recovery Team. At the moment the groups take place weekly at the Museum in the Park, in Stroud, and can be one of a range of psychological treatments offered.

“I volunteer because there are very few art psychotherapy jobs within the NHS so volunteering is a great way for me to maintain and expand my knowledge and experience of working with those with a mental health condition.”

We offer a range of volunteering opportunities. To find out more, go to our Volunteering page.

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