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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 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.

2gether’s Clinical Audit Officer, Michelle Allen, will run the London Marathon on Sunday 28th April in aid of the Trust’s Charitable Funds. Read her blog to find out how training is going.

Five weeks to go!! That was the email I came in to on Monday which is scary but exciting, five weeks really isn’t a very long time and with Easter in between it feels like it will go even quicker. So far training has gone well, I’m tired, constantly hungry, finding aches and pains in new places all the time, had a few ‘what am I doing’ wobbles but I’m still moving and seem to think about running non-stop. Luckily the logistics have been organised – hotel booked, travel arranged, running vests delivered, daughters planning their support posters – a few less things for me to think about!

I’m running at every opportunity I have, fitting it in around working full time, my two daughters and general life – housework has definitely taken a back seat! My two longest runs so far have been 16 miles and 18 miles. My 16 mile run incorporated the Minchinhampton 10k race which was incredibly windy and hilly but having the extra company and running it with my friend Steph really helped and made it almost enjoyable. Then last Friday, what should have been a relaxing day off work, (booked before I knew about the marathon place), became my longest run of 18 miles… yes I know how to have a good time! Again I was lucky to have some lovely company to keep me going, when the pain of the last mile kicked in was really needed and much appreciated.

I find it easier to focus on the next long run instead of thinking too much about the 26.2, so my next goal will be the longest training run of 20 miles. This is planned for 6 April – I just need to think of it as a little 10 miles out… and back!

For all the pain and tiredness, nothing beats how I feel after I finish a run, (not to mention the food after). I read at the weekend that exercise is the most potent and under-utilised antidepressant… and it’s free… I couldn’t agree more!

If you can spare a few pennies to sponsor me you can do so here. I’d really appreciate it, knowing people have put their hands in their pockets really does help when training.

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