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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

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I am in Herefordshire

If you are in Herefordshire, please call: 01432 364046

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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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.

When I was in Laurel House, a recovery unit in Cheltenham, a couple of years ago, my mood would fluctuate dramatically, often even within a single day.

It would follow my own beliefs. When I believed I had a great philosophical theory I was very happy. When my theories were false, or worse, I had no theory, I would be low and it would cycle very quickly.

Then my medication was changed. We had been looking for a mood stabiliser for a number of years. My preferred choice, and the one we went for, saw an almost immediate positive change. My mood stabilised very quickly.

The first thing I did was look for voluntary work. Soon my family and friends noticed the change in me. I was more relaxed and had a sense of peace of mind. My thoughts were no longer rushing and over extending. I was content with the moment.

I would suggest that, other than medication, there is one thing that helps the mood stabilise, and that is love. No matter how small or how great, to feel approved of or, to feel someone supports your identity, can stop you searching for a greater you. When I look for the greatest me, I am setting myself up to fail. I always fall short and then I drop into depression and the cycle continues.

It’s not always easy to spot the validation of love. For years I thought I was at war with my parents; now all I see is their love for me. The same goes for my sisters and my friends. I’ve been stable now for two-and-a-half years. I’ve had a few dips in mood and, after a long time, I have returned to consider my philosophy.

I think being stable makes me more sensitive to the positive and negative because I am no longer looking for the worst and best. I am happy to notice the small achievements that happen every day.

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