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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
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.

I received a phone call to write about my experiences with self-harm, it was ironic because only the night before, in a moment of insanity, I had self-harmed for the first time in 7 months.

The first time I started self-harming was at 13 years old, I’m now 23 and in that ten-year period I have self-harmed with varying frequency. At my worst, just before a suicide attempt two years ago, the need to cause self-injury was huge.

Now you may wonder what posses a person to take such drastic action? For me it was simple, I needed a distraction and some relief from my own depressions, anxieties and suicidal ideations. Pain provided a focal point. Pain was empowering, it demands overwhelming attention. This provided me with the necessary distraction and warped sense of respite to quieten my own thoughts. I reasoned with myself that harming myself was the better option over killing myself.

Mental ill-health makes you feel isolated, alone and a burden and that is what makes part of the solution so difficult; You need to reach out, create a support network and develop healthy coping mechanisms. I found myself a fantastic therapist and attend weekly therapy sessions. I also spoke to my GP and after my last suicide attempt, I have a team of wonderful professionals I can count on. I also have a very supportive family (who I still find difficult to be open with) and an indescribably brilliant best friend who is there for me. The struggle does not have to be singular, support will lessen the burden and you will be surprised at how much people do care and want what is best for you.

A final note for anyone who does self-harm, a nurse gave me a helpful suggestion; wear an elastic/rubber band and when you have thoughts to self-harm pull the band away from your wrist and let go. It will on impact provide a pain like sensation without being too harmful or leaving marks. I wear a colourful band on my wrist that way if anyone asks, I can just say it’s a fashion accessory. If I’m feeling open and confident, I can use it as a way to start a conversation on mental health.

Yahya is a 2gether service user and Expert by Lived Experience.

 

If you need support, speak to someone. Contact your GP or call one of the helplines below –

Samaritans – 116 123
Papyrus HOPELineUK – 0800 068 4141
If you are in Gloucestershire, the Self Harm Helpline – 0808 801 0606

 

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