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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
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.

²gether employee Michelle Allen will run the London Marathon on Sunday April 28 to raise money for our Trust charity.

Michelle, who is a clinical audit officer, has been desperately trying to win a place in the ballot for six years. Now, after her name was plucked from a hat, she will finally get the chance to take part in this iconic marathon, as well as raising money for the Trust’s Charitable Funds, which allows people in our care to experience things that are not part of core NHS spending.

The mum-of-two from Gloucester started running around 12 years ago after the birth of her daughter.  She said:  “This is a massive event and I’m partly terrified and partly really excited. I’ve not been successful in the ballot before but there’s a lot of pressure to raise money and this time it feels like I’m much more involved and I’m running for something I totally have a connection with.”

Although in the past Michelle has trained with a club and also with friends, nowadays she likes to run alone and sees training as part of self-care.  She said: “It’s such a great way to clear my head and forget everything.  “It’s so good for mental health and wellbeing.”

More than 40,000 people competed in last year’s London Marathon.  Luckily for Michelle, the iconic event won’t be her marathon debut as she has run a 26.2 mile race twice before; “I have taken part in marathons in Berlin and Dublin, which is my home town,” she explained.

Michelle, who is 42, trains three to four times per week and is now stepping up her regime to reach peak fitness by April.  “Up until a few weeks ago I was just planning to run a half marathon so now I have to change to training for a full marathon,” she said.

“Last week I was in Spain so I still had to train.  I ran 11 miles because the opportunity was there.  I’m at the half way point now so I’m on track.”

Although Michelle is solo for most of her training, she does benefit from having a running partner now and then.

“My daughter comes with me on her scooter, particularly if there’s a treat at the end,” she said.

In order to compete, Michelle needs to raise £1,000.  You can support Michelle via her fundraising page.

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