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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, please call: 01432 364046

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

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.

Writing is more than a hobby; it helps with so many areas of my life. I believe, and I’ve been told, that I am good at it.

I’ve written two books about my experiences of mental illness which I hope to publish one day. I’ve also started writing short stories about mental illness. They are meant to be fiction but contain a lot of my own life.

Just the act of writing gives me a buzz. I write 500 words at one go and try to do that twice a week. Writing helps my mood and insight; I stay aware of illness and I’m happy to be creative.
From the very start of my illness in 2003, I said I was going to be a writer. I was going to write a philosophy book that would cure all the world’s ills. I still plan to write a philosophy book, but with more realistic expectations.

It wasn’t until I went back to university to study Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, that I learned to write. Before then I would write maybe only one paragraph and then get stuck. But, through writing essays at university, I discovered how to write.

Maybe one day I will be a full-time writer? I haven’t discovered the commercial possibilities of my writing yet, but at the moment I get so much out of it; being creative helps my confidence. Possessing such a skill gives me a great feeling of satisfaction.

It’s a way to express my hopes and fears. To put my worst experiences down in writing provides me with a great release. I feel can let go of some of my darkest times. Writing is a way to move on in life.

Maybe my writing will inspire people with similar problems? Hopefully it will show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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