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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 NHS Foundation Trust (²gether) has appointed two new Non-Executive Directors to its Board.

Joanna Newton was most recently Chair of NHS Herefordshire, a role she held for seven years. She was also appointed Board Chair of the West Mercia Cluster of PCTs leading up to the transfer of commissioning to Clinical Commissioning Groups on 1 April 2013. 

Prior to moving back to Herefordshire Joanna held senior roles in pharmaceutical marketing, principally for Procter and Gamble and SmithKline Beecham.

Over the last thirteen years, Joanna has held health sector Non Executive roles. Her first Chair role was with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Ambulance Trust in 2003. Since then she has also chaired the Health and Social Care Cross Border Group and the West Midlands Specialist Commissioning Board. Until recently Joanna has chaired the board of governors for her local school.

Jonathan Vickers spent 25 years in the international oil and chemicals industries including board membership of Castrol and Burmah Chemicals. 

Over the last decade, Jonathan has served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of a range of public sector organisations including NHS South West Strategic Health Authority.

Jonathan is an Independent Member of Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Approvals Board and a board member at UK Sport.

Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of ²gether said: “Joanna and Jonathan join the Trust at a very exciting and challenging time. Their complementary skills and experiences will help strengthen the Board and help provide a new and valuable perspective to Board and Committee deliberations”.

Joanna said of her appointment: “²gether provides services important to the health and wellbeing of our local communities and I am delighted to be joining the board to support this work”.

Jonathan continued: “I am delighted to join the board of ²gether at this exciting time. The Trust has an excellent track record of patient care and a strong financial position.  As a new chapter opens in the history of the NHS, we need to ensure that we are able to manage the challenges it presents, whilst remaining alive to the opportunities it offers.

²gether is a public benefit corporation.  Members of the public, service users, staff and partner organisations can influence the strategic planning of the organisation by being a member and standing for election to the Council of Governors.

Ruth said: “This is also my first month working within the Trust. I look forward to working alongside Joanna, Jonathan, staff, Governors and Trust members so that we can continue to make tangible improvements to an already high quality, local mental health service.”

To become a member of the trust, visit www.²gether.nhs.uk/membership or call Anna Hilditch on 01452 804000.

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