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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.

People with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire are being encouraged to get their flu vaccination if they’ve been contacted by their GP.

It is estimated there are 1.2 million people in England that have a learning disability many of whom also have long term conditions such as respiratory problems.  This makes them at risk of complications should they contract flu.

The vaccination is free to anyone that needs it and is available at local GP surgeries and at some pharmacists.

Children with learning disabilities can have the flu vaccination through a nasal spray.

Dr. Paul Winterbottom is a Consultant Psychiatrist (Learning Disabilities) and Medical Director at ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

He said: “Flu can be a very unpleasant illness.  It causes fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and extreme tiredness.  These symptoms can often last for several days and for some people, may require hospital treatment.

“People with learning disabilities can have health issues which make them more vulnerable to flu.

“If you have been contacted by your GP to get the flu jab, please visit the surgery and protect yourself against the virus as soon as possible. If you care for someone with learning disabilities, please remind them to get the free flu jab”.

For more information about the flu vaccination, along with information about where you can get the vaccination please http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx

For more information about staying well this winter, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

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